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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.
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.
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