Our son Henry is dyslexic. Like many kids with dyslexia, he also struggles with dysgraphia, which makes his hand writing so bad, even he can't read it.
Dysgraphia affects kids with a variety of issues including ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, and dyspraxia. Despite his dyslexia our son Henry has managed to become an excellent reader.
However, his illegible handwriting continues to be a huge obstacle. He’s learned to keyboard which helps with writing papers. But math is incredibly difficult because his handwriting is so bad, he can’t read the numbers he's written, nor can he line up columns evenly enough to accurately add, subtract, multiply or divide.
That’s why we built ModMath. It levels the playing field for kids with dysgraphia. Instead of relying on pencil and paper, kids use the iPad touch screen and an on-screen keypad to layout their math problems. Assignments are displayed on virtual graph paper that can be printed or e-mailed to the teacher.
Sounds incredibly simple. But, believe it or not, there was no existing technology to address this problem.
“Why don’t we make one?” suggested my husband one night.
So began our journey to create an iPad app that could help not just our son, but any child who struggles with dysgraphia. The app eliminates the need for students to write out math equations longhand. Think Excel, but without a calculator to do the calculations.
To date, more than 25,000 people have downloaded ModMath. But every week, we get e-mails from desperate parents asking if we can add additional features like an advanced keyboard to support algebraic equations and other more advanced math concepts for older kids. And we've had tons of people asking us to please make an Android version.
But upgrading ModMath costs money and we've already tapped out our personal resources on the beta version. And that's why we're fundraising.
An upgraded ModMath 2.0 supporting advanced algebraic equations is about $25,000. An Android version with the exact same features will cost $30,000.
We're asking for $20,000 because we really have no idea how well this KickStarter campaign will work. And we'd like to increase the chances of accomplishing at least an updated iPad version of ModMath. Any additional money will be put towards the Android version. (So, please,please, feel free to overfund us, the money will be put to good use.)
We also plan to hit up a few foundations. But, again, since we're never done a project like this before we just don't know what to expect.
Even if you don't have any money to give, you can still help out by spreading the word through social media. This is a passion project. We have never and will never make a penny of profit from ModMath. Every dollar we raise will be spent on development and getting ModMath into the hands of kids that need it.
School is hard enough for kids with learning disabilities. Help us help them around one of their many obstacles.
Risks and challenges
The only real challenge for us is financial backing. We've had amazing success with our beta version, and learned a few lessons along the way.
We will pour all that knowledge into ModMath 2.0. All we need is the financial backing to make it happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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