At my first week Teamwork.com I was encourage to build anything I wanted. I decided to make a simple extension for the font OpenDyslexic to help Dyslexic readers like myself have a font option on webpages that were hard to read.
People suspected I was dyslexic when I was around 8, but I was officially diagnosed at 15 when I was struggling in school. One of my teachers told my parents that I should just drop out of school and my Mom pursued getting me tested to help find a solution for me. Only 8 months after being diagnosed and starting to get the help I needed, I ended up winning my first technology award.
That teacher didn’t sound very encouraging.
She wasn’t haha.
Sean Foley was my Physics teacher and he was super encouraging and even helped me get my first internship. Definitely was someone who saw something in me and that was very reassuring at that time in my life.
I had a previous website called ProjectBird and ended up liking the bird theme I guess haha. And obviously the helper part came from how the app is designed to help people.
I think there still is unfortunately. Everyone’s different and has different abilities, if there is an area in life that you struggle with, whether it’s dyslexia or not, I don’t think you should feel ashamed for seeking help. Everyone does the best that they can with what they are given, no matter who you are we’re all in the same boat just trying to do our best.
Bet on Fulham to get promoted haha. No but really I’d prob give myself the same advice I’d give to any younger person, if you’re struggling with something don’t stay quiet about it. I’d let them know that it’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to even need help. Everyone needs help sometimes.
Terry MartinAssistive technology specialist
I am getting such great support from Robert. I enjoy working with him. He answers my questions very quickly. Thanks so much for your great support and a great product.
I found this extension on a whim to help myself. Suffering with post concussion syndrome symptoms and working remotely is really hard! This extension basically saved my job. It gave me back productivity and the ability to read the screen. This extension has so many neat features I never even knew I needed. I love this and you will too! You don't need to be dyslexic or have dyslexia for this extension to benefit you. Do yourself a giant favor and get it! I highly recommend it!
Making such an useful tool, replying to every single comment or review and giving support to people's issues as soon as possible?? Carefully, he is a hero.
A truly great extension! We installed this on all of our 200 Chromebooks across the 3 special schools i work in and it has greatly helped our students use technology to learn. It not only helps our dyslexic learners, but also our autistic and ADHD students by helping remove distractions and making the web a more accessible place. Support is fast and efficient, and updates are very regular with new features constantly being added!
Helperbird is a very useful and smartly designed tool that will most definitely make the browsing life of any user suffering from from dyslexia or is even remotely visually impaired a lot easier. It’s very easy to use, has the ability to synchronize settings on multiple devices, and is very efficient thanks to a useful set of straightforward customization options.
Huge fan of the zoom feature. It trumps the native zoom in your browser since the zoom level you set actually stays with you no matter what page you go to, which is very helpful and meshes well with the other features the app offers.
Works a treat. Couldn't get dyslexie.com to work. This is brill!
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