World’s first app screens for Dyslexia in minutes using Artificial Intelligence

Dystech, an Australian start-up, winner of the EduGrowth competition 2019 is using the technological power of AI and Machine Learning to solve real-world problems, has created the world’s first app that screens for dyslexia, giving the user a percentage likelihood of having the disorder in just minutes.

Individuals with dyslexia have trouble with reading and spelling despite having the ability to learn. The primary indicators of dyslexia include problems learning the letter sounds for reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding). Other indicators include difficulty in reading single words, such as on flashcards and in lists, difficulty to decrypt unknown words, lack of accuracy and fluency when attempting to read and reading slowly with many mistakes.

It’s reported by peak bodies in Australia, such as the Australian Dyslexic Association (ADA) that more than 10% of the population suffers from dyslexia. The ADA also reports that dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling challenges and difficulties.

CEO and Co-Founder of Dystech, Hugo Richard has both dyslexia and dysgraphia and was compelled to help other children from all over the world to overcome the challenges that come with the disorder, so he worked on establishing a team that could help him develop the app.

After collecting thousands of audio samples, Dystech has launched their new ‘Dyscreen’ app, allowing parents, educators or professionals to listen to their child read real and made-up words aloud to receive a percentage likelihood of dyslexia in less than 10 minutes.

The app also emails the user a comprehensive report of the reading activity, which identifies reading and other data collected throughout the task.

The app has been created by Dystech’s global team of data scientists and has been built from the ground up using the latest in machine learning technology.

The app Dyscreen is now available, each screening will cost US$19.99, which Hugo CEO & Co-founder says is much more affordable than initially seeing a professional.