ForDyslexia is dedicated to helping schools, educators and parents of children with dyslexia access effective teaching tools at a price they can afford.
its Founder and CEO, is a board member of the Madrid Dyslexia Association and has over 15 years of experience working in the television industry. She has a strong multimedia background forming part of the launch teams of 3 new-technology companies that paved the way for digital multichannel television in Spain. Kathryn was a startup team member and shareholder of Zinkia Entertainment, where she was executive producer of the BAFTA-winning CGI series Pocoyo for preschool children. Before starting her career in television, Kathryn taught English as a Second Language (ESL) as a private tutor for 5 years in Madrid, Spain. Kathryn earned a BA in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University.
When Kathryn suspected that her 5-year-old daughter had dyslexia, and then saw her instantly captivated by a tablet computer, the idea for ForDyslexia was born. Here was an attractive multisensory toolbox that didn’t have a lot of tools in it for her daughter. So she set out to make them. To catapult her idea into a business, she joined the Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator, where she won the pitch round at the Madrid Chapter Graduation.
In order to design trustworthy apps, ForDyslexia relies on the mentorship of educational and scientific experts in the field of dyslexia, including the neurologist Dr. Guinevere Eden, Director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center, and one of the foremost authorities on dyslexia research and brain imaging techniques. Dr. Eden is also the Immediate Past President of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the oldest and most prestigious organization of its kind.
Vicki Myers (US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs), Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan (Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist, Vice-President of IDA, author of Esperanza Method), Dr. Bruce Pennington (Director of the University of Denver’s Developmental Neuropsychology Lab) and Dr. Barbara Wise (Developmental Psychologist, creator of Linguistic Remedies). She is indebted to them for their gracious support and comments regarding this project.
For the technical development and data architecture of the apps, ForDyslexia has partnered with Complex Labs, a Spanish company specialized in educational platforms, such as El País de los Estudiantes.
Although research is ongoing and some results vary, the National Institutes of Health and other reputable agencies estimate that between 4-15% of the men, women, and children in the US are dyslexic. Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. There is strong evidence that dyslexia runs in families; dyslexic parents are far more likely to have children who have dyslexia. Some people are identified as dyslexic early in their lives, but for others their dyslexia goes unidentified until they get older. People who are very bright can be dyslexic. They are often gifted in areas that do not require strong language skills, such as art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales, and sports.