It's enormously gratifying to see those efforts find adoption in such an important government program.
Fort Collins, CO (PRWEB) April 29, 2009
SoftOlogy IdeaWorks™ announced today that the State of Colorado Vocational Rehabilitation Division has adopted RapidReader computer software to assist its clients with low or declining vision. Further review involves the use of the software for working adults with other challenges such as learning disabilities, spinal injury or degenerative diseases.
"Over the years we've worked with experts in low vision, learning disabilities and other special needs communities to develop uses for RapidReader as an easy to implement assistive technology." Said Peter McIan CEO of SoftOlogy IdeaWorks. "It's enormously gratifying to see those efforts find adoption in such an important government program."
RapidReader was originally created as a general software application to enable people to read faster on any size screen with greater ease. The patented technology that was developed to multiply reading speed has also proven beneficial for those who have challenges when it comes to reading on a computer.
As Peter McIan the CEO of SoftOlogy IdeaWorks describes the process, "RapidReader accelerates reading by creating an experience that's a lot like watching a movie. The software presents the words one at a time in a large font in the center of your field of vision. There's no scrolling necessary. So you can select whatever speed you wish and then sit back, relax and just watch the flow of text displayed on the screen. By eliminating the need for your eyes to track across a page and by automatically magnifying the font size the computer not only multiplies reading speed but also helps level the playing field for those who are visually impaired."
RapidReader's software engine incorporates a unique patented "speech mimic" technology which analyses the content and displays the words in the familiar rhythms of human speech. According to the company this is really a key factor in enhancing comprehension while making high-speed reading natural and comfortable.
Denny Bettenhausen is the executive director of Colorado's Ensight Low Vision Rehabilation Centers and uses RapidReader daily in her work. "When using a magnifier software I have to navigate across each page and often have to take the time to re-read a word or sentence that I missed," says Bettenhausen. "With the RapidReader software I'm able to sit comfortably in front of my computer and I can read and fully comprehend the material in less than half the time with far less effort."
Ensight's clients include individuals with vision deficits such as age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, muscular dystrophy and eye injury.
RapidReader requires no courses or practice. The software has "one-click" support for MS Word, PDF and text files, web pages and folders of email. It is capable of user-selected reading speeds of up to 950 words per minute, a rate that is more than 8 times the average computer reading speed.
RapidReader was developed from more than seven years of research conducted at Johns Hopkins University, University of Southern California, and SoftOlogy IdeaWorks. It was designed to eliminate the primary barriers to reading speed - eye movement across a page and sub-vocalizing or "sounding out" words as they're being read. It is currently in use by thousands of individuals worldwide and at such institutions as Colorado State University assistive technology center, Tennessee Memorial Hospital, Ensight Low Vision Rehabilitation Centers and others.
For more information about RapidReader, its patented technology, screen shots and backgrounder, please visit the online media kit. http://www.rapidreader.com/media.html
There is a free trial of all the RapidReader Products available at: http://www.rapidreader.com/free_demo_1.html
About SoftOlogy IdeaWorks:
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