Dystech using artificial intelligence to help speed screening for learning disorders | ZDNet

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French-born Hugo Richard was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia at the age of 12, but he didn’t look into reading and writing disorders until he established Dystech. Dystech is an Australian startup that was co-founded by Richards, Mathieu Serrurier, Jim Radford, and Gilles Richard, and is responsible for developing a screening app for early detection of learning disorders, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Speaking to ZDNet, Richard said through research, the company identified that assessing something like dyslexia is often tricky. He explained that having a reading difficulty can often mean many things and so, the diagnosis of someone with dyslexia is not always accurate, nor is there sufficient support for those who do have it. “We’ve observed there’s a big imbalance between supply and demand. There are many more individuals with dyslexia than there are providers who can provide a diagnosis,” Richard told ZDNet. “What that leads to is if you’re a parent and you think your child has difficulty with reading, to go through a diagnosis you need to make an appointment with an educational psychologist. Chances are you have to wait at least six months to a year. The cost is not hundreds of dollars, it’s thousands; it’s …

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