MDA AVAZ Reader - an assistive reading app for a reader with learning difficulties

Fluent reading eludes children with Specific Learning Difficulties. A child undergoing remediation is taught coping strategies to read, however continuous support during every instance of reading may not be possible.

MDA Avaz reader is based on well researched and successfully implemented practices. These strategies are available on-demand for any textual material to be read, reinforcing all facets of reading-decoding, fluency and comprehension. This app is an educational resource and a productivity tool for struggling readers.

MDA Avaz Reader has been developed by MDA in collaboration with Invention Lab- an IIT Madras Alumni venture using cutting edge technology. The app uses state- of- the-art technology, works largely off-line and is available Apple devices and on the simplest Android device, be it a tablet or a mobile, making it affordable.

As this app uses the OCR technology to translate the text captured as picture into a readable format, it can be used to read any printed material – newspapers, textbooks and story books.

Some of the key scaffoldings provided to the reader include:

  • Choice of different visual appearance of the text to be read.
  • Window-focus to a specific line and line-by-line display of text to keep the reader’s attention to the required line.
  • A pencil tool to track the text to be read.
  • Read-out-aloud in a familiar accent and with configurable speed.
  • Need-based picture hints, audio pronunciation, word families and syllabication as appropriate to read a difficult word.
  • “Build sentence” assistance to enhance comprehension.

MDA Avaz Reader is reader-centric. It offers customizable settings to suit the needs of the reader and offers multi-sensory strategies to develop independent reading skills in children with Specific Learning Difficulty. It is aimed at providing continuous support to a child with dyslexia-playing the role of the supportive teacher even in her absence.

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MDA Avaz Reader is available for an annual subscription of Rs. 600/-

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A group of parents of children with dyslexia, educationists empathetic to the cause, and philanthropists founded MDA in 1992. Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA) is a non-profit service organization established to take a pragmatic approach to helping children with “Dyslexia”.

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