Everlast Climbing Partners With Creator Of Dyslexie Font To Expand Literacy Opportunities on Climbing Walls

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newsSpecially-designed magnets offer a new way for educators to work with children to develop literacy skills through cross-curricular programming while rock climbing.

According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, dyslexia affects 1 out of 5 people, impacting genders equally and crossing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. It is the most common reading disability. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to a lifetime of problems beginning with learning to read in school.

Unlike what many people think, dyslexia is not as simple as mixing up letters. People with dyslexia see letters as 3D objects and the letter swapping occurs because so many letters of the alphabet look similar in form and design. With this insight in mind, Christian Boer, a graphic designer with dyslexia, developed a font to help people differentiate between the letters and read more effectively.

In his Dyslexie font, each letterform is designed so that it is more easily distinguished as unique, making it less likely that similar letters, such as “b” and “d,” will be confused by readers. The nine characteristics of the Dyslexie font include a heavy bottom, slanted parts, bigger openings, slanted letters, longer ascender and descender, bold capitals, different heights, higher x axis and better spacing. You can learn more about the font and the research behind it at dyxlexiefont.com.

Everlast Climbing is always looking for new ways to make its climbing and active-learning products more accessible. After learning about the Dyslexie font, Everlast Climbing partnered with Christian Boer to license the font for use on magnets for its Magna® Traverse Wall®, Discovery® Dry-Erase Traverse Wall and Adaptive Traverse Wall. Currently, children use magnets on the magnet-accepting surfaces of these climbing walls to combine learning with movement in countless ways. For example, young children can identify, climb to and touch the letters in their name. Older children can climb to and move letter magnets to spell words or even combine magnetic words to create sentences.

The addition of the Dyslexie Font Magnet Set expands these kinesthetic literacy opportunities to students with dyslexia, who may have previously struggled with these types of activities. “We are excited to be able to offer a way to make active learning more accessible and enjoyable for children with learning disabilities,” stated Tim Sudeith, General Manager of Everlast Climbing.

About Everlast Climbing

Everlast Climbing is committed to improving youth fitness with dynamic and innovative products that engage children and inspire physical activity. The company is headquartered in Mendota Heights, MN, and is a PlayCore company. More information is available about Everlast Climbing at http://www.everlastclimbing.com.

Pregnant? Partner’s Pregnant? It’s Time To Think About Life Insurance

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grandparentchildEven if you have never thought about life insurance before, if you are starting a family it’s time to start considering your life insurance options. Needless to say, finding the right life insurance policy and provider is not always easy. You’ll need to put in the ground work to find life insurance that suits you, at the right price.

Why do you need life insurance?

Having kids is pretty much the ultimate responsibility. You are bringing someone into the world that will rely on you completely – to feed them, teach them, and provide for them. That’s why you need to think about their future, and what would happen if you’re not in it.

No one likes to think about death. It’s depressing, and surely, if you don’t think about bad things, they won’t happen to you. Unfortunately bad things happen all the time, and as a parent, you need to prepare for them.

Getting life insurance cover can help to provide for your family financially if something should happen to you. It’s not great to think about, but being prepared is definitely better than not being prepared. You can visit this link to find out more.

Other commitments

Apart from the responsibility of having children to care for, you may have other responsibilities too. If you have financial responsibilities such as a mortgage or other large debts, it’s important to think about how your loved ones would cope paying them off if you were no longer around.

Getting life insurance can help cover these types of debts, and can allow your family to carry on without a huge financial burden to worry about.

Working out how much you need

seniorwoman2There are various ways to work out how much life insurance you need. Some people multiply their annual income by ten, some use a life insurance calculator, some speak to an insurance expert to get a more accurate result.

If you are a stay-at-home parent, you won’t have an actual income, but that doesn’t mean you should undervalue your worth. Think about how much you do around the house – especially when you have kids to care for too – and work out the cost of hiring someone else to do your job.

A rough estimate would be around $400,000 in coverage, but speak to a professional for more information if you are unsure.

Different types of life insurance

There are many different types of life insurance, each offering varying levels of cover to suit different types of applicants. It’s important to research what’s available before you start looking for life insurance, to make sure you choose the right option.

Think about what you need from your cover, how much you are willing to pay, and whether you have any pre-existing medical conditions or reasons why you may not get approved for a standard policy.

Remember, if your application is declined, it’s not the end of the world. Find out why it was declined, try to fix the problem if possible, and reapply with an insurer that is more likely to accept your application.

Can you afford it?

Life insurance doesn’t have to be expensive. Compare all your options to find a policy that you can afford, and that gives you the cover you need. Try to make a budget to fit your premiums into your monthly expenses, but don’t overextend yourself. Only choose cover that you can afford.

– Submitted by James Andrews