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Welcome to the Visual Edge, Inc. We offer a unique concept in slant board design for a versatile multi-functional work station for use in reading, writing, art, typing, vision, and speech therapy. Our slant board makes it easier to read and write and learn, plain and simple.

My daughter Delaney was first diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from an auto accident resulting, a visual processing problem. 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 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 to her and the rest of her class of her learning disabilities. Since it was not portable and took up her entire desk space, accomplishing class projects that required a flat 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.

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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 reading and other 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, about manufacturing my slant board.  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 few years we have made several improvements to my original slant board and now make what I and most feel is 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. Some of you may remember when you attended school that all the desks were slanted. They had been built like this since the 1700's. For some reason the school systems lost the knowledge of WHY and went to flat desks. The flat desk was a cheaper alternative and required less space, but it tragically creates a work station that hinders our ability to sit properly and process information. Our Visual Edge slant board is designed with a 22 degree angle - the optimum angle for ergonomics and processing as proven through research. The slanted desk is back!

At Visual Edge® we are wholeheartedly committed to serving our clients’ needs while providing the highest quality product at an affordable price. Many of our friends' children have difficulty reading and amazingly 25% of the population suffer from some level of Visual Processing difficulty. This disability prevents a person from properly seeing and understanding text.  When doing any visual task, your brain is decoding symbols.  These symbols (letters and images) become code (text and pictures) which your brain processes to retrieve the information.  When doing any visual task on a flat surface your brain has to work harder as it scans down the page because the angle at which your brain perceives the symbols and images is changing, thus changing the code.  This makes understanding the information more difficult for all people but for the 25% of the population with a processing issue it can make it impossible.  The Visual Edge Slant Board is designed to help not just this 25% segment of the population, but EVERYONE!  The Visual Edge Slant Board addresses this processing issue and much more.  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.

Thank you for your business.

Paul Magaudda

Testimonials

Hello,
I am writing to you regarding your Visual Edge slant board which I purchased at our annual Teacher's Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in November. I purchased this board for a student I work with who has Downs Syndrome.

First I want to tell you what a huge success this board has been with this student. We use it for almost all of her daily work, whether it is reading, printing or math. The white board allows me to copy any work on the board in the classroom to facilitate her ability to read. Quite simply it has been a huge success.

Yours truly,

Jennifer Summers
Teacher
Mc Caig Elementary School

"I started working as an occupational therapist with SEDOM around Thanksgiving, 2011. It was apparent that every child in the classroom assigned to me would most likely benefit from the use of a a slanted work surface. Primarily for optimal visual efficiency, posture and visual-motor skills during table-top task performance. I wanted to make slant boards for my students for Christmas and was searching for optimal designs when I discovered the Visual Edge Slant Board.

They were the best sloped work surface I'd ever seen. I soon realized that I would never be able to make anything that could compare, so I contacted the owner of Visual Edge, Inc., Mr. Paul Magaudda. He had originally designed the board to help his daughter and they are used by all of the students taught by his wife with great success. Mr. Magaudda most graciously and generously donated a case of 12 slant boards for my school.

It has now been a week since the teacher and students have been using the Visual Edge Slant Board gifted to them and I couldn't be more thrilled with how much they are enjoying them and how effectively they promote their greater comfort, neuromuscular efficiency and performance with visual and visual-fine motor table-top tasks. The teacher and students use them throughout the day for reading, writing, artwork, use of the iPad, Computers, etc., and easily transport and store them. These slant boards are sleek, attractive and user-friendly. I give them my highest endorsement! The teacher and children from this classroom have given testimonials about the Visual Edge Slant Boards which include:

"It helps me write better"

"My back feels more relaxed when I use it"

"It feels better to write on"

"I don't have to slouch down and my back feels better when I use the slant board"

"I can sit straighter"

"My neck feels better when I use it."

"Without this board our necks have to go down. It helps our necks and eyes not hurt

"We love the slant boards!"

Pat Conlon Grosso
OTR/L Special Education
North Elementary School
Crystal Lake, IL

"I am thrilled with the many uses of the slant board. I teach high school and specialize in reading and autism. I use the slant board with students who have autism, dyslexic, visual tracking difficulties, ADHD and dysgraphia. I have slant boards for all of my students and use them for learning games as well as reading exercises. The students get excited about using the slant boards and can't wait for that part of the lesson. My son who has ADHD and visual tracking difficulties has improved his time on task in his fifth grade class since using the slant board. Thank you for your ingenuity. What a wonderful product!"

Christie Talbot
MS Special Education
Reading & Autism Specialist

"Paul I have to tell you how much we enjoy your slant boards and your attention to customer service. I have scoured the Internet and found nothing as good as your board. You have cornered the market with a light and attractive board to relieve visual stress. In fact not only do our eyes thank you but our necks too.

We were given the old style boards in our shipment by accident. When I told you of the error you did not hesitate to send us out the new style boards. For anyone who is considering which way to go let me tell you that the new style boards are much better. They are noticeably thicker and more resilient. The old boards are OK but the new ones are superior. We are very satisfied with our purchase. We keep one set of slant boards at home and leave another set at our children's school.

Many thanks for making a killer product backed by stellar customer service."

Sincerely yours,

Aaron Rosenzweig

"I LOVE IT...RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!!!!!!

I HAVE RECENTLY GONE BACK TO SCHOOL TO FINISH MY BACHELOR'S AND I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

MY RESEARCH ONLINE PAID OFF BIG TO FIND YOUR WONDERFUL INVENTION! THANK YOU SO MUCH!"

Teresa Daniel

"Visual Edge Slant Boards have been an excellent resource in my practice. At every vision therapy orientation, I include information on proper ergonomics and healthy visual habits. I strongly encourage EVERY vision therapy patient to purchase a slant board to be used for any near point tasks, such as reading or writing. The Visual Edge Slant Board provides my patients with a more versatile, lightweight board that is excellent for use in the classroom. I have received lots of positive feedback from both my younger patients and their parents after using the slant boards. Thank you Visual Edge for your hard work and dedication to reduce visual stress in the classroom."

Dr. Angel Lopresti
Angel Eyes Optometry

"A new boy (8 yrs. old) started vision therapy today and I was working with the boy and his mother for their intro to the VT routine. We always give patients your slant board at their first appointment, so I told this new boy that I had a slant board I wanted him to use and was about to open the box and unpack it when mom said "Oh that's okay, we already have a wooden one that the school loaned us." I said they might just like our new, state-of-the-art slant board and that they were welcome to take it home, try it out, and compare it to their old one. When I actually got the box open and took out the board, both mom and son were wide-eyed and they both said "Omigosh! This is sooooo much better than that heavy old clunky board we have! We already know we'll like it better." They were impressed, to say the least!! Thought I'd pass their admiration on to you."

Linda Solway
Center for Vision Care

"As a classroom teacher for seventeen years with a Masters in Reading, I'm always looking for ways to motivate my students and improve their reading skills. I've found the Visual Edge Slant Board to be an effective tool to aid my students who have difficulty with reading fluency. It allows them to visually track text more easily which improves their reading fluency and comprehension. My students also enjoy the design of the slant board and anxiously await their turn to use it."

Sandy Stringer
Teacher

"Slant Boards that I have used in the past are either too heavy, too cumbersome or fragile and certainly not exciting. The Visual Edge® Slant Board is substantially superior to any other Slant Board that I have seen...I would highly recommend the Visual Edge® Slant Board to all Behavioral Optometrists and to anybody in the educational world."

Gary Sneag
O.D., F.C.O.VD

"The greatest benefit that I've observed in my clinic is the disappearance of neck and head strain in readers of all levels, especially those students challenged by reading and writing activities."

Lynne Thrope
Ph.D.
Reading Therapist

"When implemented, postures improve and there is a marked increase in attention spans...extremely important for all of us! I have seen many different types of slant boards throughout the years and I feel that the Visual Edge® Slant Board offers the best features available today at an excellent price. I recommend them to all of my patients and have heard only rave reviews once they begin using them on a regular basis."

Jean Nagel
Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

"Through the years, I have attempted to locate a "slant board" that would meet the needs of my clients and the recommendations of professionals. In the back room of my office, I have six or eight boards that were close to meeting these requirements, but missed the mark...then came the Visual Edge® Slant Board. This board is situated close to my client worktable where I can get my hands on it at a moment's notice! It is the slant board of my dreams!!"

Joanne G. Hein
MS
CCC Speech-language Pathologist

"Your boards are great. I take them to the workshops I teach and they are always a hit. Recently I took my niece to my old vision therapist in Evenston , IL; I forwarded him this info because he was very interested. Thank you!"

Theresa Nesbitt

"Well, thanks for the information this especially good, affordable product that is very functional, sturdy, and stores so easily just about anywhere. Our vision clinics will continue to use your Slant Boards and keep them available for purchase for our patients. Your company provides a useful tool for students and patients of all ages."

Karen Hoffman
Vision Therapist for Drs. Daniel, Davis, Dukes, & Love Optometry
Carlsbad, CA.
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