Reading and writing are essential factors for basic functioning in a literate society. However, approximately 25% of learners in the literate world are identified as having some degree of learning disability. Reading impairments account for 70%-75% of these disabilities.
Between 2002 and 2009, the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa has developed the first nationally standardized group-based learning disabilities diagnostic test (ELUL) in Hebrew and Arabic languages for grades 1 to 11.
As a natural continuation to the development of unique diagnostic tools, the E. J. Safra Center aims to develop a computer-based intervention program to enhance reading achievement. The program will be suitable for students from grades 1-12 as well as for adults. The program is based on brain research and theory that were carried out at the E. J. Safra Center.
Learning and testing centers
A computerized intervention program (created uniquely with language-specific variables in mind).
The program will focus on two levels of reading - single words and connected text (sentences and paragraphs) - and will be adapted to each subject's age and reading abilities. The sessions will become progressively more difficult in accordance with the subject's performance.
The project seeks funding for business development efforts to develop a mature product from its prototype.
Eshkol Tower, 25th floor, Room 2509 , Haifa University, Mount Carmel
Haifa 31905, ISRAEL