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THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
by Shelley M.
has dyslexia. I have
been reading about
a new font that is
just for people with
dyslexia. What do
you know about this
font? Is it for real?
Jeff G., Fort Myers
Yes, I too have seen reports about a
new font that makes reading for those
with dyslexia much easier. Current
research tells us that there is evidence
that the presentation of specific types of
text has a significant effect on a text’s
accessibility for people with dyslexia.
Approximately 10 to 17 percent of
the population in the U.S. has dyslexia, a
neurological disability that impairs a per-
son’s ability to read and write. Dyslexia is
typically characterized by difficulties with
accurate word recognition and by poor
spelling and decoding abilities. According
to the National Center for Learning
Disabilities, some with dyslexia have
trouble with reading and spelling, while
others struggle to write, or to tell left from
right. Dyslexia can also make it difficult
for people to express themselves clearly.
It can be hard for them to use vocabulary
and to structure their thoughts during
conversation, per the National Center for
Dan Britton, a graphic designer, has
come up with a font that could poten-
tially help people better understand the
emotional experience of dyslexic people
when reading texts. Britton himself was
diagnosed with dyslexia while he was still
Britton who set out to create a font
that would make reading more accessible
and less frustrating designed Dyslexie, the
name for this new font. It uses several
techniques that help certain letters and
punctuation stand out to a dyslexic per-
son: a heavy base line, alternating stick/
tail lengths, larger than normal openings
on letters like “c” and a semi-cursive
While there is no hard science on the
success rate of this font presently anec-
dotal experiences support it’s use. “It
gives students additional clues to what the
letters may be,” said Lisa Oswalt, assis-
tive technology coordinator and speech
pathologist at Eastside Elementary.
Jana Chao, the fourth grade reading
and language teacher also at Eastside
Elementary, said she uses the font for
many of her materials and has seen a dif-
ference in her students. She currently has
three who are dyslexic.
“I’ve asked them if it helps as far as
reading and... all of them have spoken
positively about the font that it helps
them. Especially with the b’s and the d’s.
I’ve definitely seen a difference,” Chao
said. “If nothing else, it keeps them from
being as frustrated.”
One of Chao’s students said he
noticed a difference when his teacher and
started using the font. “It’s bigger, and it
makes the words look different where I
can look at it better.”
It may be worth a try for your son
to use this font to see if it helps him.
Dyslexie is available for a free download
for personal usage. Visit dyslexiefont.com
for more information.
Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at
Florida SouthWestern State College,
where she teaches psychology and
education courses. She is also a nation-
ally certified school psychologist and
consultant for School Consultation
Services, a private educational consult-
ing company. Questions for publication
may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.
com. Not all questions submitted can
be addressed through this publication.
Viktor Mak, a resident of Fort
Myers and a member of the
Colgate Class of 2015, has
earned the Dean’s Award for academic
excellence for the spring 2015 semester.
This recognition is awarded to students
with a 3.30 or higher term average.
Three Local High Schools Listed In
Magazine’s Beating The Odds List
Three Southwest Florida high schools were recently listed in Newsweek’s
Beating The Odds list identifying those that do an excellent job of preparing
their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by stu-
dents at an economic disadvantage.
Lorenzo Walker Technical School in Naples ranked 97th, Edison Collegiate High
School in Punta Gorda ranked 154th and Fort Myers High School ranked 368th in
the top 500 high schools across the country who are “beating the odds” with high
graduation and college bound rates despite high levels of poverty.
Fort Myers High has a college readiness of 78.8 percent with a 98.1 percent
graduation rate and 35.8 percent poverty. Edison Collegiate has a college readiness of
83.9 percent with a 97.7 percent graduation rate and 35.7 percent poverty. Lorenzo
Walker has a college readiness of 86.8 percent with a 100 percent graduation rate
and 69.6 percent poverty.
In an effort to address the effect of socioeconomic disadvantage on education,
Newsweek published two lists: America’s Top High Schools 2015, which ranks
schools solely based on performance and Beating The Odds 2015, which ranks
schools based on performance while also controlling for student poverty rates.
In Southwest Florida, only 27 percent of the population has earned a college
degree; the number of residents with technical school or specialized training certifica-
tions is still being determined.
The FutureMakers Coalition is working to increase post-secondary certification com-
pletion in Southwest Florida and promote the knowledge and skills needed for success
in the workplace and in life. Formed in 2015 around existing regional collaborations,
the coalition’s goal is to transform the workforce by increasing the number of college
degrees and post-secondary certifications from 27 percent to 40 percent by 2025
throughout Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.
Two of FutureMakers’ six regional action teams include Aspirtation/Preparation
and Access/Entry. The first team includes experts and advocates focused on infant
mental health, early-childhood learning, parenting, and elementary, middle and high
school education. This includes the alignment of K-12 curriculum and preparation of
students for post-secondary exploration and entrance. The second includes experts and
advocates focused on post-secondary access, which includes student interest and skill
identification, mentoring for post-secondary access and entrance, as well as support to
access needed financial assistance.
For more information, visit www.newsweek.com/high-schools/beating-odds-2015.
Local Authors Release Children’s
Book About The Effects Of Greed
Authors Mamour and Gwendolyn Dieng cultivate children’s values through
their new storybook, The Greedy Wolf and the Magic Baobab Tree. Their
entertaining book has been released nationwide in hardback and paperback
In The Greedy Wolf and the Magic Baobab Tree, Rabbit tells Wolf about a magi-
cal cave full of food, but he makes Wolf promise never to cross the treacherous river
inside. However, Wolf is tempted by the yummy feast across the river. Will he keep his
promise, or will he learn a valuable lesson about the perils of greed?
Young readers will gain an important life lesson as they enjoy flipping through every
page of this colorful children’s read.
Mamour Dieng is a published author and business manager for over a decade. His
wife and co-author Gwendolyn (Asia) Dieng traded her finance career to become a
full-time kindergarten teacher. Mamour embraced storytelling at a very early age. He
grew up in a very large family where his grandmother told him a bedtime story every
evening. Both Mamour and Asia live in Florida with their three grown children.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, The Greedy Wolf and the Magic
Baobab Tree is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.
tatepublishing.com/bookstore or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com..
Children’s Charities Announces
2015-16 Board Of Directors
SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. introduces its 2015-2016 board of direc-
tors, elected during the organization’s annual trustee meeting to serve a
one-year term through July 2016. The president of the board of directors is
Elaine Hawkins, and vice-president is Dorothy Fitzgerald. Other officers are: Dave
Copham, treasurer; Debbie Toler, vice president of public relations and marketing;
and Bev Cherry, secretary.
Board members are responsible for supporting the operations and mission of the
SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and administering funds that support local programs
benefiting the care and well-being of children in Southwest Florida. In addition to man-
aging the operations of SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, the
board’s officers oversee the planning and execution of the charitable organization’s
signature fundraising event, the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, to be held
February 26 and 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club.
The SWFL Children’s Charities’ annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida
Wine & Food Fest, has raised nearly $15 million over the past seven years, making it
the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine
fests in the country. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary
beneficiary of the event. To date, SWFL Children’s Charities has raised nearly $15
million over the past seven years to benefit the building of the new family-centered
children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspe-
cialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In
addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital
of Southwest Florida, the SWFL Children’s Charities supports programs at Florida
SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information,
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