Participants needed for reading disabilities study

Aug 01, 2014

Jessie Ramsey, a student of Western Carolina University and former resident of Waynesville, is looking for students with reading disabilities in the eighth through 12th grades to participate in her research. Ramsey, who is working towards a specialist in education degree for school psychology, is studying the effects of a specialized font designed to help individuals with reading disabilities read more efficiently.

Eligible participants include students in grades eight through 12 who have been diagnosed — either at school or through a private practice — as having a disability in reading.  Individuals under the age of 18 must have parental consent and all participant information is protected and will remain anonymous.

During each session participants will read aloud for one minute from six different passages. Each session will only take about 15 minutes and each participant will receive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card.  Ramsey has been meeting participants at local libraries and churches to run test sessions.

For information or to participate, call Ramsey at 919-351-5675, email, or contact her thesis supervisor, Dr. Lori Unruh, at 227-2738 email