Dyslexia Website Wins Plaudits
Internet Magazine, January 8, 2003
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A website set up by a dyslexic schoolboy to help other people
with dyslexia has been named one of the top 12 sites of 2002
by Yahoo! UK & Ireland, reports the Times Educational
13-year-old Barnaby Blackburn set up iamdyslexic.com when he
was just 10, after studying Web design in after-school
The site features Barnaby's own account of his early problems
with the education system - as well as self-help ideas on
spelling, typing and using computers, and advice for teachers.
He has also started selling his own spelling and math software
from the site - and has orders coming in from schools in the
UK and abroad.
The site was described by the judges as "one of the best sites
on the net dealing with dyslexia".
"Since the award was announced I've been getting about 5,000
hits a day, " Barnaby told the TES. "I learned how to make
websites at my last school, but I built the site at home. It's
helped me a lot - mainly by increasing my confidence. It's
great that it's helping other people too."