Could reading on mobile screens help people who have dyslexia? An NSF-funded, Harvard-led study is seeking to answer that question via tests that employ iPod touches and a reading method known as SLTR (Span-Limiting Tactile Reinforcement). I wrote about the study here, on Fast Company’s Co.Exist site, which publishes stories about “world-changing innovations.”

SLTR calls for text to be laid out in a narrow column and for readers to manually advance the text with their fingers, to aid concentration. (There is more to the method, of course, so please read the story!) For personal reasons, I have long been interested in ways technology could ease reading challenges. I hope this area of research attracts greater attention.

Special thanks to Joe, who teaches students with language-based learning disabilities and who brought this study to my attention.