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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Advantages of Dyslexia (and Why E-Readers Help)

From the Framingham SEPAC

October 17, 2014

Las Ventajas de la Dislexia
(y por qué ayudan E-readers) (Spanish)

As Vantagens da Dislexia
(e por que ajudam E-readers) (Portuguese)

Although dyslexia presents difficulties when it comes to reading, research has shown that there are advantages associated with dyslexia, and that these may be linked to the difficulties with reading.

Here, we will discuss the research on the advantages in dyslexia, and talk about how to turn these advantages into useful assets by using computer tools such as e-readers.

When:   7:00 - 9:00pm Monday, October 27, 2014

Where:  King Building, Demarais Room
                   454 Water Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Presenter: Dr. Matthew H. Schneps is the founding director of the Laboratory for Visual Learning, Professor of Computer Science at UMass Boston, and a visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he carries out research to investigate how differences in the visual neurology of attention and working memory shape learning. A scientist with dyslexia, Schneps received his Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1979.

For 35 years he carried out research in STEM education at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he led close to $40 million in funded science education programs. There he produced hundreds of hours of award-winning television programs on STEM education, including the widely acclaimed video A Private Universe (famous for scenes of Harvard graduates struggling with the concept of seasons).

In recent years Schneps has focused on research in neuroscience, examining how smartphones and other emerging computer devices can be used to manage attention, to help people with dyslexia. He is the recipient of the George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine at the Smithsonian Institution, and winner of the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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