Chris Stephen

The Silent Epidemic

Chris Stephen

The Silent Epidemic

Biography

Chris has degrees in Science (Physics and Mathematics), Economics and Law from Sydney University and has been granted six patents for inventions relating to customised book formats to make it easier for people to read.

Chris is both an entrepreneur and innovator in the literacy field. He has a personal passion for helping people learn to read more easily after an illness.

Prior to entering the literacy field, Chris founded and sold two businesses, Computer Law Services Pty Ltd and Lawpoint Pty Ltd to major international companies. He then pursued his interest in literacy by creating Accessible Publishing Systems Pty Ltd and ReadHowYouWant Pty Ltd, which features award winning conversion technology that reformats existing books into high quality, alternative formats quickly, easily, and at reasonable price points.

One of Chris’s most recent roles has been as the co-developer of Readable English. It involved 10 years of studying relevant scientific disciplines to develop a systematic approach to reading and language learning which optimises each aspect of the learning process. He also is co-author of a book and an ebook which describe the science behind Readable English. English is a notoriously difficult language to learn to read and Readable English aims to take the struggle and stress out of the process.

Chris will discuss how the erratic spelling of English hinders our ability to learn and how we can overcome this issue and make it easier for everyone to learn how to read.