By Ashleigh Fielding
THE frustration of reading and comprehending the simplest of sentences can now be alleviated thanks to the hard work and donations of a local Albany family.
The Burns family helped the Albany Public Library to expand their dyslexia-friendly reading resources, which now includes the C-Pen.
The C-Pen is a guided reading tool to assist children and adults with learning difficulties.
It has been described as a digital highlighter that can scan words, speak them out loud and acquire word definitions from a Collins dictionary within its onboard software.
Albany Public Library’s youth services librarian Dora Adeline said that the C-Pen was a brilliant new technology to help alleviate the stresses of reading for those with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
“The C-Pen particularly allows young children to engage with reading and develop a love and passion for it,” she said.
“The device provides a new sense of independence to people with reading difficulties, as it eases the comprehension of each word and sentence.”
In January, Albany girl Sage Burns and her family wanted to help relieve Sage’s dyslexia by finding the best educational resources available.
By holding a cake stall at Mount Lockyer Primary School, Sage raised $328, which was enough to purchase dyslexic-friendly books.
The books from the Dandelion Launchers early reader series were then donated to the Albany Public Library.
The Burns family hoped to improve the resources for Sage and others further, when they discovered the C-Pen, created by Queensland company Spectronics.
The Burns family contacted Spectronics and explained their recent fundraising venture.
After learning of their efforts, Spectronics kindly donated a C-Pen to the Albany Public Library.
The C-Pen is available to all library users, who are encouraged to test out the C-Pen’s capabilities.