According to reports from the National Institute of Health, India, dyslexia is identifiable with a 92% success rate at the ages of 4 and 8. Unfortunately, India has a dearth of testing facilities, and when these facilities are available, they tend to be very expensive. From a content analysis of both primary and secondary research the insight identified was as follows:
"SMS/Text-message can be a promising and accessible platform for self-screening for learning difficulties in low-income populations, yet is largely unexplored with people who have dyslexia."
This is where ‘Dyscuss’ comes in. Dyscuss is an iOS and SMS-based intervention to assist with understanding and identifying the symptoms of Dyslexia aimed at middle-income and lower-income populations in urban and rural India respectively. These populations include teachers and parents of children, ages 6 and above who may display signs and symptoms of dyslexia. The application will be able to identify whether the user requires further formal testing by a qualified educational psychologist through a series of questions to which the user may respond to in the format of a conversation.
Sources & Acknowledgements
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Dr. Geetha Narayan, Director of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Pandrang Row, Project Lead
Dr. Uma H, NIMHANS
Ms. Janhavi Lakshminarayanan, Trustee at Vimarsha Charitable Trust
Kumkum Nadig, Girish, and Pitambar for their imperative feedback