Kilkenny tech entrepreneur launches specialist app to support children with dyslexia

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Kilkenny tech entrepreneur launches  specialist app to support children with dyslexia

Brendan Morrissey, founder of iDyslexia

Kilkenny tech entrepreneur, Brendan Morrissey has launched a specialist smartphone application dedicated to providing support for those living and working with Dyslexia and ADHD.

iDyslexic has been rolled out to users across Ireland, with firm plans in place to assist children suffering with Dyslexia and ADHD across the globe.  

Following 18 months in development, iDyslexic is an easy-to-use digital platform that allows the child, parent, teacher and case worker to log into a secure classroom to aid continuous support and development.

Here, parents can upload the child’s Individualised Education Program [IEP], creating an easily accessible digital fingerprint for fast and direct connections between a child’s school and home life, assisting learning at all times.

The app also expands into a social network for anyone at any age living with Dyslexia and/or ADHD. Here, users can connect directly, upload content and communicate with Dyslexic associations around the World, receiving direct support from a host of experienced and supportive mentors.

On discussing the launch of the platform, Founder Brendan Morrissey explained: “This has been a long journey for me. I left school at 15 because there was no diagnosis for Dyslexia-ADHD at that time, meaning I have always had to battle my way through seemingly simple tasks, such as reading and writing.”

“Through iDyslexic, we are working hard to build a community that supports children across the globe and shows them they are not alone in their struggles, moving away from the negative aspects of the condition. As many as one in ten children suffer with Dyslexia, some say one in five, so we need to provide a platform that explains it’s not going to hold them back, and that their creativity and different way of thinking will be a huge benefit throughout their life.” 

iDyslexic has received support from a host of public figures including BBC Apprentice Winner, Mark Wright, who openly discusses the struggle he has experienced in achieving his goals alongside the condition.

 “I dedicate a lot of my time to visiting Schools and Universities across the UK in order to inspire and motivate students into achieving their career goals. During these talks I always provide insight into my own struggle to show that whatever they are dreaming of is, in fact, possible. For me, this struggle was down to Dyslexia - I knew I wanted to be successful in business, but left school with zero qualifications and the inability to read or write very well,” he 

 “Had platforms like iDyslexia existed when I was in school, I genuinely feel I would’ve enjoyed school a lot more and would’ve left with better qualifications as a result.”

Rosie Bissett CEO of Dyslexia Association Ireland said “DAI is delighted to see the development of the iDyslexic app. It will give people with dyslexia the ability to connect to one another on a secure, global, social network, where they can share their experiences and support one another. iDyslexic also has huge potential to enhance the communications between teachers, parents and students, ensuring timely access to information and supports.”

iDyslexic officially launched at the beginning of December 2018 is now available to download via the App Store and Google Play.

For more details, visit: http://www.idyslexic.com