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Eighth-graders develop app to help dyslexic readers

By Eva-Marie Ayala, The Dallas Morning News
February 24th, 2015

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student-appA group of Plano, Texas middle schoolers wants to help those with the reading disability by developing a mobile app that will allow users to customize text to their specific needs.

Words are tricky for those with dyslexia. They fly off the page. They spiral in on themselves and get jumbled up on top of one another. The way dyslexics see words varies dramatically, affecting their ability to learn.

“Dyslexia is a really big problem in the world,” said David Yue, 13. “It doesn’t mean that someone is not smart. They just have a disability or a neurological misfiring that doesn’t allow them to read as well as other people. We wanted to give every dyslexic a chance to be able to excel in school and all the activities they do.”

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