“I’m not Stupid” - Attitudes Towards Adaptation Among People with Dyslexia

  • Gerd Berget
  • Siri FagernesEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10901)


A significant portion of the population have dyslexia, which is commonly associated with reading and writing difficulties. In the context of developing materials well-suited for users with reading disorders, one solution has been to develop materials especially targeted at dyslexic users. However, how are the attitudes among users with dyslexia towards adaptation? In this paper, we report the findings from qualitative interviews with 20 adults with dyslexia. The main finding was that they were sceptical towards adapted products, among others because it made them “feel stupid” and because the adapted format affected the reading experience negatively. In this paper we argue to instead work within the universal design paradigm, trying to develop products and services usable by all people, thus reducing the need for particular user groups to utilise “special solutions”.


Dyslexia Adaptation Universal design 



The authors are grateful to Leser søker bok (Books for Everyone) and Dyslexia Norway for helping with recruiting participants, and to Leser søker bok for contributing with gift cards to the participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Sciences, Faculty of Social SciencesOsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway
  2. 2.Mobile Technology Lab, Department of TechnologyWesterdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and TechnologyOsloNorway

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