The following is based on (but not limited to) the areas as set out in guidelines to app developers submitting to the National Health Service, and is information for those who may be recommending the app to others, or who wish to use it at an institutional level.
Evidence of Outcomes
The Dyslexia Plus Student Profiler is designed to identify dyslexia-related traits, and proves both onscreen and emailed pdf’s as outcomes. These are personalised, based on individual responses. The process may be see seen as part of the self-help process as well as providing evidence where a full assessment may be considered.
Dyslexia Plus Student has been developed and refined over the past 10 years and is the work of two internationally recognised experts in this field, Dr Ian Smythe and Professor Amanda Kirby. It has involved reviewing responses of more than 15,000 individuals as well as seeing more than 8000 individuals through a clinical environment.
Restrictions and result caveats
Dyslexia Plus Student is research-based, with a target audience of those who are 16 years and older. Note that Dyslexia Plus combines criterion-based results (if you can do something or not) and normed based results (if other of the same age can do it). If, against recommendations, it is used for younger individuals, the recommendations may not be appropriate.
This Dyslexia Plus Student Profiler is a screening tool and this is clearly stated within the Confirmation of Terms and Conditions. Note that since many of the users will be dyslexic, and therefore these Ts and Cs are all voiced. However, responses to the questions may assist in speeding up the assessment process, and has been used by some as part of a “pre-assessment registration” process.
This Profiler was developed as a simple online screening tool and collects data that is used in the development of the recommendations. In addition, gender and date of birth are collected to help Do-IT researchers understand who are the users. The Profiler does ask for a User Name and email address to send the report. Some individuals may wish to pass on the report to their “supervisor”. The name on the report will be that provided by the individual. A helpdesk contact is available to assist in deleting an individual. All personal data related to an individual (Name, email address) is automatically deleted after two years in line with GDPR, Information Commissioners Office and Data Protection Act 2018 guidelines.
Do-IT Solutions has Cyber Essential Plus certification and is fully compliant with industry best practice.
Usability & Accessibility
Profiler has been designed by usability and accessibility experts who have published on the subject. Of particular importance is that all questions are voiced, such that all questions can be read aloud. Text is clear, well-spaced and easy to read. The layout is designed to be accessible to all those with the target neurological issues, and compliant with agreed international standards for digital accessibility for this type of app. This is to ensure they provide access to as many people as possible, including older users, younger users and those with disabilities. This might involve being able to increase text size where needed and work with voice software to help visually impaired people.
Profiler is an online service, which should work in most up-to-date browsers. However, the recommended browser is Chrome.
The Profiler has been widely tested and is considered a stable environment. To ensure the Profiler can take account of up-to-date technology, it is advisable to use up-to-date browsers.