112 Salem Rd, Buffalo, NY 14329

We provide a happy place to learn.


(716) 687-3984


112 Salem Rd

Buffalo, NY 14329

07:15 - 19:15

Monday to Friday


123 456 789


Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

About Us

Starting Points For Me is a school with about 100 students between the ages of 3-12.

We use an innovative and very superior approach to turning books into E-text. This approach is described below.

The PR Approach to Transforming Books into E-Text (Without the Use of a Scanner)

The PR approach to scanning books does not use a scanner.

Instead we use a single lens reflex, 6 megapixel digital camera and OmniPage OCR software.

Proportional Reading has pioneered this approach.

This enables us to get much more accurate images and in shorter time and at less cost than can be obtained with a scanner by itself, or by a scanner and automatic document feeder together, or in combination with a copy machine.

Books do not have to be trenorol taken daily apart or copied onto paper, and there is no cost for copy paper or toner, or time lost to page jams or poor copies.

Also, there is no problem with page roll or page size.

The digital camera can be used for all traditional camera uses as well (rationalizing additional equipment cost to almost zero).

Space requirements are much less.

Resulting images of anvarol are then turned into E-text using OCR software.

Unfortunately, the resulting E-text still has to be cleaned up, no matter what approach you use.

This process is time consuming.

However, it can be done by anyone on any word processor, referring to the penomet original book as one edits the computer text.

Cleaning up the text primarily consists of correcting OCR errors, adding page numbers at paragraph breaks, and knitting together text that has been spaced out by unwanted blank lines.

Unwanted blank lines normally occur between pages and between columns of text.

Blank lines can also occur after the OCR software has been unable to recognize a particular word in a paragraph.

Page numbers and unwanted blank lines must not interrupt a paragraph.

Interrupting a paragraph is very disturbing when text is being read out loud, or even when read silently.

In PR, all page numbers are placed above the first paragraph break of the current page.

Consequently, the page number will often be seen partway down the page.

This approach produces much better readability, while preserving instant correlation of E-text and the original book.

Furthermore, the PR approach is only meant to help people read the main body of text.

The original book is meant to be referred to and used for all other text.

We are not trying to eliminate books; we are only trying to help people read the main body of text who could not otherwise do so.

Consequently, many items are not changed into E-text.

The following items are left in the book for the reader to refer to the male edge pictures illustrations, diagrams, charts, graphs, tables, maps, captions, footnotes, equations, formulas, table of contents, outlines, references, indexes and glossaries.

In children’s books we also usually omit the forward, preface, dedication, and acknowledgements.

The OCR process is not perfect and some spelling errors will not be picked up unless the testogen text is proofread word by word, which is not included in the price quote of our service.

OCR does not handle math equations either.

Our goal is to help individuals read the actual book they want us to scan.

Ideally, the actual book is placed on a lectern directly below the computer screen and referred to as the computer text is read above.

We always try simultaneously to develop transferrable skills to enable the individual to read actual books independently.

Most reading problems can be corrected very quickly with this approach.

Some severe problems will require ongoing use of technology.

We also supply software for reading E-text and a specialized lectern for holding a book directly below the computer screen (monitor or laptop) while you read and/or type notes.

We require that the book you want turned into E-text is your personal book and the resultant E-text is exclusively for your personal use (ie, learning disabled, deaf, low vision, brain trauma, stroke recovery).

If you are a school or college, you must have permission from the publisher for us to provide this service.

The Theory of Proportional Reading may be stated as follows:

Text may be comprehended without eye movement and with a sensation that one is being read to out loud. When this is done, the mind is able to concentrate on the content rather than the process of reading.

Speed and comprehension for most people can instantly increase dramatically.

Furthermore, many processing difficulties of learning disabled readers can be instantly functionally compensated.

This two requirement presentation can occur in three separate ways:

The first way is through silent reading.

When text is visually presented as a simulation of speech without any sound, the mind adjusts to this visual simulation of speech by supplying an internal sensation of the missing sound and, regardless of speed (up to 700 words per minute), the internal sensation is that of being read aloud to at normal speaking speed.

The visual presentation of text as a silent simulation of speech requires some instant knockout eleven elements which must be consistently present to in order to make this effect happen. The three most important of these requirements are:

Words are presented one word at a time on the screen.

The longer the word is the longer it stays on the screen.

Sentences are separated by pauses of no text on the screen.

This technique enables one to read and comprehend text without eye movement at up to extremely fast speeds.

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