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A new project to fight dyslexia

An innovative Italian portal to carry out ultra-early screening of communication disorders

A new project to fight dyslexia

Claudia Astarita

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Fondazione Telecom Italia and the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, together with the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital and the Italian Dyslexia Association, have decided to cooperate to launch a new project to fight dyslexia in Italy.

It is a new and innovative integrated digital project supporting the development of technological tools in response to specific needs for dyslexia. The new program is expected to be easily accessible to families, teachers, students and paediatricians through a single portal.

The project will be launched over the next 18 months with three initiatives dealing with the matter in a systemic fashion, developed by Fondazione Telecom Italia in collaboration with Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital and the Italian Dyslexia Association (AID), each bringing their own specific competences to the respective areas of activity.

Through the portal and a dedicated app, families will be allowed to carry out ultra-early screening of communication disorders and, by acquiring timely data, they will also be able to use standard protocols to identify the cases of children at risk.

The same platform will also make a remote appraisal available for school-age children, teenagers and adults, with a potential on-line recovery process for reading difficulties and a final session with verification of learning.

Finally, specific e-learning sessions will be held for teachers and school staff, based on a standard protocol prepared together with the Ministry of Education, which will involve around 30% of Italian schools.

The project as a whole will also help create a single observatory in Italy of the data on the diagnosis, the schools "friends" of Dyslexia, on the use of digital books and compensatory tools and effective treatments.

Fondazione Telecom Italia has played a forefront role in the matter of Dyslexia since 2009, with a multi-year programme that has enabled the realisation of screening protocols, IT campuses, digital books and the dissemination of a more inclusive approach in schools. All these projects already proved useful to raise the awareness about this problem and create useful networks for those who have to daily deal with it.

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