Two decades in Special Education. During these twenty years I have had the chance to see how Special Education has evolved. During my tenure, I have witnessed a gradual shift in interest from more severe cases to more mild cases.
It is a fact that in the past decade, there has been an increased interest in Special Learning Disabilities in the field of Special Education and that there is a need for more competent diagnostics.
As a Special Educator, I saw this fact better when I took part in the Dyslexia Association as a volunteer. The Dyslexia Association is the representative of the European Dyslexia Association (EDA) in Turkey. Thanks to EDA, the algorithm for understanding whether an individual has a specific learning disability has been visualized.
Learning disability is the difficulty of children with normal or above normal intelligence levels in different learning areas. There are three types of learning disabilities according to the learning area in which problems are experienced. These are dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.
Am I Dyslexia (AID) is an app to help parents and adults to make a diagnosis. The built-in library within the app will allow you to learn more about dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. It will also guide you to diagnose whether your child has a Learning Disability with a 17-question test.
The app cannot tell you or your child one hundred percent of the time that he/she has a learning disability. However, it will clearly show in which area or areas you or your child needs to improve compared to "individuals with normal development".
The pre-diagnostic, diagnostic and post-diagnostic roadmap of the Turkish and Australian Ministries of Education is available for use in the in-app library.
As an application developer and Special Educator, I see the Am I Dyslexia (AID) application as a step that can close the possible gaps in the educational lives of individuals in preschool, primary school, middle school, high school and university.
The application is written for Android Phones and Tablets. It will be available in Australia and Turkey via Google Play Store with free of charge and over test pricing options. In the free version, the in-app Learning Disability Library, Legal Rights and Roadmap will be available.