Assistive Technology: Lexilife’s Lexilight

Assistive Technology: Lexilife’s Lexilight

What is Assistive Technology? 

Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

What does the Lexilight do?

Lexilight is a reading-aid desk lamp that can significantly reduce symptoms of dyslexia when reading printed texts. Dyslexia is a common learning difference that affects the brain’s ability to process language. Those affected have normal intelligence but have challenges identifying speech sounds and relating letters and words.

Our in-person students affected by dyslexia can use the Lexilight in their lessons to improve their comprehension and comfort while reading. Innovative lighting technology combines both pulsated and modulated light to reduce the impact of dyslexia for many readers, allowing them to read faster, longer and with less eye strain. 

Lexilight features:

  • Adjustable dials on the rear of the lamp allow you to control the pulsation and modulation of the light that reduces the mirroring effect many children with dyslexia experience.  
  • Dual function Classic light and Lexilight modes. 
  • High quality LED lights for improved colour rendering and lightwave settings for better contrast

How can my child access the Lexilight?

We offer the Lexilight as part of our AT Studio, a space dedicated to leading-edge AT technology and the collaborative use of it to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca [Link to email] 

    —Rie 

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    Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. Currently studying Communications and Economics at Simon Fraser University, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

    Go Red for Dyslexia

    Go Red for Dyslexia

    This October, the Learning Disabilities Society invites you to join us as we #GoRedForDyslexia to help raise awareness for a condition that affects 20% of Canadians. To learn more about Dyslexia, click here.

    What is Go Red?

    Go Red is a global community of passionate individuals and organisations that campaign to promote literacy and a greater understanding of dyslexia. It is our hope that during dyslexia awareness month, we can encourage people to #GoRedForDyslexia.

    Why Red?

    The dreaded red, a color we’ve all seen throughout our education. The red marker used to highlight our mistakes is all too familiar for people with dyslexia around the world. Associations have chosen this color to take back its meaning and globally promote dyslexia awareness. Starting in Australia, this movement has grown worldwide with organisations from the UK, USA, and Canada all joining the campaign. Get involved and let’s go red to succeed with dyslexia.

    How can you get involved?

    As Dyslexia Awareness Month begins, we want to encourage our members to Go Red. We would love it if you could get on board with this global campaign and share your involvement on social media using the hashtag #GoRedForDyslexia. Here are some ways for you to show your support:

    • Wear something red for the day. Strike your best pose and share via social media using the hashtag, #GoRedForDyslexia.
    • Dance to a song in the #GoRedForDyslexia Spotify playlist.
    • Change your profile photo using one of the #GoRedForDyslexia Facebook Frames.
    • Display your line drawing creations throughout your home/school and share using #GoRedForDyslexia.
    • Download #GoRedForDyslexia social graphics to share with your followers – don’t forget to pay it forward by tagging others to get involved!
    • Make a donation! There are lots of charities and non-profit organizations that work to spread awareness and assist those with dyslexia. Here are a few:
    • Keep an eye out for BC Place Stadium and Sails of Light to be lit up in red on October 22, thanks to our friends at Dyslexia Canada
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