By Phil Butler*
A pioneering method, dubbed RADAR, which diagnoses dyslexia will soon be available in selected municipal centers across Greece and Cyprus. Developed by an international team of doctors, engineers, and scientists, RADAR is a truly revolutionary development in the diagnosis of dyslexia.
The new software invention solves the biggest problem with dyslexia worldwide – that of early diagnosis. For a disorder which affects as many as 1 in 5 people and costs society billions in economic effects, not to mention the suffering of families and individuals, this is a game-changer in every respect.
The multidisciplinary team, led by the President of the Hellenic College of Ophthalmology, Dr. Yannis Aslanides, will begin RADAR digital dyslexia screening on April 1st, 2019.
The release was announced late last week at a press conference held in Aigli Zappeion under the aegis of the Athens Medical Association and the Hellenic College of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Aslanides and his colleagues, also announced ongoing collaborations with Harvard and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities, as well as new research which is underway at the Carroll and Bridge Charter schools in Boston, Massachusetts.
Also participating in the press conference were distinguished RADAR team members from Harvard University, Switzerland’s Jules Gonin Hospital, and representatives from the Medical Association of Athens and the Greek Ministry of Research and Innovation. To date, the RADAR. database contains the test results of more than 2,000 children.
So far, the method devised by Aslanides’ team has proven to be more than 99% accurate in correctly identifying children with dyslexia.
Dr. George Patoulis, the President of the Athens Medical Association and the mayor of Maroussi district, praised the groundbreaking RADAR method.
“Innovative programs such as RADAR are a key contributor to the development of prevention mechanisms for issues related to citizens’ health, for accurate and timely diagnosis, and for the promotion of their general health,” Patoulis said.
Dr. Patroulis went on to stress how local governments need to accept responsibility for developing overall strategies for promoting the health of their citizens. He also made clear the city of Maroussi’s commitment to leading innovative prevention programs such as RADAR in cooperation with the Hellenic Intergovernmental Network of Healthy Cities and other institutions.
The RADAR system, which is a completely digital, reader-friendly exam, involves children simply reading text in front of a computer screen. The entire testing process takes only a matter of minutes.
Phil Butler is Editor in Chief of the Argophilia Travel News