Welcome to the Visual Edge, Inc. We offer a unique concept in slant board design for multifunctional use in reading, writing, vision, and speech therapy. Our slant board makes it easier to read and write, plain and simple.
My daughter Delaney was first diagnosed with a disorder of sight, a visual processing problem, in 2004. As part of my daughter's Individual Education Program (IEP) my wife and I were told we were had to purchase a slant board to help Delaney cope with her vision processing issues. The only slant board available at that time was a large and bulky wooden board. We purchased this board and it became a permanent fixture on her school desk. My daughter was devastated by the presence of this large, obtrusive board as it was a constant reminder of her vision processing difficulties. Since it was not portable and took up her entire desk space, accomplishing class projects that required a level work surface was almost impossible; her teacher had to find another work station to accommodate her, making Delaney feel even more of an outcast in her classroom.
I empathized with my daughter and wanted her to feel comfortable at school, thus starting my quest to find a more functional slant board. After extensive research, I could not find a single board that would fit her needs. I decided then and there to develop my own slant board. After thoroughly researching the fundamentals of a slant board, I designed my first prototype. I would like to acknowledge the assistance of P.A.V.E (Parents Active for Vision Education) in my research and understanding of vision therapy and the ultimate development of my VISUAL EDGE® Slant Board. They were a tremendous help and source of encouragement.
The first two slant boards I made went to my daughter Delaney and her Visual Therapist, Jean Nagel. They both loved the VISUAL EDGE® Slant Board. My daughter was ecstatic, because she could now fold the legs of her Slant Board and place it in her school desk. Delaney's teacher was ecstatic because she now had my daughter's desk space back. And Jean, her vision therapist was ecstatic because she now had a much more compact, and versatile slant board. As the word spread about my VISUAL EDGE® slant board, there were hundreds of requests to purchase my board from doctors, therapists and parents of children with visual processing problems. I was manufacturing them by hand and had to find a better AND less expensive way to make my board.
I am a Captain for American Airlines. One of our other pilots at AA had a manufacturing/import business here in San Diego. I contacted this pilot, Jamie Kocher, and his business partner Steve Raketich about manufacturing my slant board. They have been successful business partners in San Diego since 1986 and liked the idea very much. We formed Visual Edge, Inc. immediately and began our search for a manufacturer that could fill our needs. After several trips abroad, we located a manufacturer that was able to build a top quality slant board at a very affordable price. Over the past 5 years we have made several improvements to my original slant board and now make the best, most affordable slant board in the world.
Something as simple as a slant board may seem obvious. As a matter of fact, at one point it was. You may remember when you attended school that all the desks were slanted? They had been built like this for decades. For some reason the school systems lost the knowledge of WHY and went to flat desks. The flat desk was most likely cheaper and required less space, but it tragically creates a work station that hinders our ability to process information. Our Visual Edge slant board is designed with a 22 degree angle - the optimum angle for visual processing as proven through research. The slanted desk is back!
At Visual Edge® we are wholeheartedly committed to serving out clients needs while providing the highest quality product at an affordable price. Many of our friends' children have difficulty readining and amazingly 25% of the entire population has some type of visual processing problem. Our slant board has the best features, is of the best quality and is affordable. Please contact us here at Visual Edge® if you have any questions or comments. We welcome your input via our website or telephone.
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