DAYGLO MD – INTERVIEWED BY I.A.M.
January’s high-circulation Indie Authors Monthly carries an interview by Erica Graham (Talking Tales Books) with Gloria Morgan, Managing Director of Dayglo Books Ltd.
Full Article below:
Opening the World of Reading:
Bringing Reading to Individuals with Dyslexia
By: Erica Graham
11th Nov 2017
Originally written for Indie Authors Monthly magazine
Reading is a joy shared by caregivers and children world-wide. Along with being a strong bonding opportunity, reading is essential for a child’s development as it builds a foundation for education. As a child grows older, he or she will begin to discover the excitement of reading by his or herself. However, for children who face dyslexia and visual stress, this experience can be the source of anxiety, isolation and discouragement.
In 2014, Gloria Morgan began her journey of enabling individuals with dyslexia and visual stress to read. Following a conversation with a friend who is a dyslexia support worker, Morgan began researching books for individuals with dyslexia, soon discovering such books were severely lacking in the market. As an indie author, Morgan realized the importance making books accessible to all people. She decided to use her knowledge as an author to partner with her friend in developing books that individuals with dyslexia could read for fun.
They began researching various font strategies and other variables that have been reported to help people with dyslexia and visual stress. During this process, Gloria Morgan reached out to Professor Arnold Wilkins, Head of the Visual Perception Unit at The University of Essex for his expertise in page tinting and the benefits it provides.
Following their research, they release three titles. The response was amazing. Morgan began to receive messages from readers stating that they were able to read a book for the first time! Morgan’s book, “Cassie, the Story of a Rescue Dog,” has received the strongest response from readers.
“Cassie is my dog. Her story evolved out of a letter I started to write to Border Collie Rescue where I got her from, to report on her progress. The way the book turned out was not what I originally intended. In the end, Cassie tells her own story in her own words. I think hearing it from the dog’s viewpoint has a particular charm. People certainly do love it, and I have been told by adults and children alike that it is the first book they have ever read all the way through. They respond emotionally to the story, saying it makes them cry. This is real reading-not just decoding symbols.”
Seeing the difference her books were making in lives, Morgan started a publishing company named Dayglo Books. Dayglo Books publishes stories, by multiple authors, for children and adults. Each book incorporates strategies to help with dyslexia and visual stress.
Since beginning her journey, Gloria Morgan has used her position as an indie author to not only reach out to those who are affected, but to become an advocate for people with dyslexia and visual stress difficulties; especially within the education system. While advances are being made, she feels there is still room to improve.
“The variation in learning styles has no connection with intelligence. Neither does dyslexia. Many dyslexic people are very intelligent, and many are also very creative. They may be visual or kinetic learners. The brighter and more creative they are, the more likely they are to become confused and frustrated by a ‘one size fits all’ aural teaching method.
The teaching of reading is usually a child’s first encounter with formal education. If the child fails to learn, for whatever reason, and falls behind, they are immediately disadvantaged. Within the education system there is a tendency to label people. A pejorative label, such as ‘stupid’ or ‘lazy’ can follow a child throughout their schooling with terribly detrimental effects on their self-esteem and on their teachers’ expectations of them. It is especially cruel if this label is attached to a child who, through no fault of their own, cannot explain to their teacher why they cannot grasp what they are being taught, and cannot articulate their confusion and frustration.”
Gloria Morgan’s and Dayglo Book’s contributions to the world of dyslexia and visual stress are, to say the least, remarkable. What an incredible example of how the world of indie authors is being used to meet the needs and inspire those who are far too often overlooked. To discover more about Gloria Morgan and Dayglo Books, please visit www.dayglobooks.co.uk.