Funka at the Dyslexia fair
This year’s Dyslexia Fair was held in Uppsala and as usual we were there as exhibitors. Many interesting conversations took place and the visitors could try Browsealoud in our showcase.
The Dyslexia fair takes place every year since 2004, arranged by the Dyslexia Association in Sweden. The fair is held in different cities every year, this time in Uppsala, north of Stockholm. Around a thousand visitors showed up, including school staff, civil servants and families. As usual, Funka had a showcase where the visitors could try Browsealoud, the popular service that supports users with reading difficulties free of charge for the user. Many of our clients already subscribe to Browsealoud.
It is both important and exciting to meet our users, says Erik Lanne, Partnership Responsible at Funka. The Dyslexia Fair is a good place to both spread our knowledge and to collect the user’s needs and ideas for future research projects.
During the last day of the Dyslexia Fair the Dyslexia Prize was handed out, this year awarded to Susanna Cederquist, a lecturer and writer who focuses on dyslexia and accessible text. Earlier this fall she presented at a seminar on cognitive accessibility that Funka hosted together with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP. For the Dyslexia Association the Dyslexia Fair is the happening of the year and the event still attracts many visitors each year.
Through the Dyslexia Fair we want to show the many possibilities that exist for people having to deal with dyslexia, both in school and at work. Something that is especially appreciated by our visitors is to have a look at the different showcases and see the many tools and assistive technology that are offered, says Inger Rålenius, advisor at the Dyslexia Association.