Addressing the diverse needs of readers and writers, Pukka Pads has taken a decisive step towards inclusivity with its innovative Irlen range of notebooks and pads. Targeting the often-overlooked visual stress disorder, Irlen Syndrome, this line of products is designed to alleviate some of the challenges associated with visual perception difficulties.
Pukka Pads’ initiative seeks to raise awareness of the burden it can have, especially in professional settings. Statistics indicate that Irlen Syndrome impacts a significant proportion of the general population, with an even higher prevalence among individuals with reading or learning complications such as dyslexia.
A condition altering visual perception processing, the syndrome manifests itself through various symptoms which hinder everyday tasks at work, school or home, including:
- Words may appear to move, blur, or change shape on the page
- Eye strain, headaches and discomfort
- Light sensitivity in brightly lit environments
- Attention difficulties
- Reduced reading comprehension and slow reading speed
- Avoidance of reading and writing due to distress
- Spatial awareness and depth perception issues
In the workplace, those grappling with Irlen Syndrome encounter impediments that significantly affect their productivity and overall wellbeing. The visually-oriented demands of many jobs centred on tasks such as reading and writing pose formidable burdens for those affected by this condition.
Employees and pupils coping with Irlen Syndrome must deal with an array of obstacles which can hamper their efficiency and impede professional and educational growth if not addressed.
A helping hand
Partnering with the Irlen Institute, Pukka Pads has meticulously crafted the Irlen range of notebooks, refill pads, exercise books and overlays to help mitigate hurdles associated with Irlen Syndrome. They are designed to act as visual aids and leverage coloured paper to function as a filter, diminishing the intensity of specific light wavelengths and facilitating easier information processing for the brain. This can ease eye strain and pain, enhancing attention span and enabling longer periods of focused work or study.
The collection is tailored to improve the reading and writing experience by minimising visual distortions, increasing comfort and bolstering concentration – benefits not achieved with standard white paper.
Recognising that not one colour suits every person dealing with Irlen Syndrome, Pukka Pads’ selection of notebooks and overlays are available in numerous colours like gold, lavender, turquoise, green and rose.
Each pad includes a visual stress self-test form on the front cover, aiding users in self-identifying potential symptoms of Irlen Syndrome and determining the colour best suited to their specific requirements.
By providing these specialised products, Pukka Pads aims to significantly advance attentiveness, efficiency and overall wellbeing for individuals with visual perception difficulties within the workplace and educational environments.