A guest article from Elisheva Seeman the creator of the Dyscalculator.
I first became aware of Dyscalculia when I noticed that my friend couldn’t read numbers. I couldn’t understand why she would always ask the people around her to tell her what number was written down, or why she would repeatedly ask what time someone said they were picking her up. When I realised how much Dyscalculia affected her on a daily basis, and how much it caused her to struggle in so many areas, I decided to find her an app or website to do the calculations for her. I figured that she was not the only one with this issue – surely someone must have developed a program to help with that.
I was wrong – all the apps I found when searching were geared towards teaching math, as opposed to offering tools to help people. So, I decided to create an app specifically to help her with numbers – and she loved it! She used it every day in different ways, and it really built up her confidence and helped her become less reliant on other people.
Once I researched Dyscalculia a bit, I discovered there were many others with the same problem. Because I had some free time during the Corona lockdown I decided to expand the app and take it to another level so it could be useful for all kinds of different people. After I developed a stable version, I posted about it in a Facebook Dyscalculia Support Group and got overwhelmingly positive responses, as well as many suggestions and requests for features to add to the app – which I did.
This app, called Dyscalculator is available for free on google play (sorry iPhone users – it is too expensive for me to get it to work for iPhone:) The Dyscalculator includes all sorts of number calculators to help people with dyscalculia get through the day independently. For example, it includes a change calculator, sale calculator and VAT tax calculator to help with shopping, a conversion calculator for cooking, various time calculators, etc.
The reason I made this app is to help people with Dyscalculia be independent. And I think this app helps.
If you have trouble with numbers please give my app a try – and leave me a review to let me know what you think, and if you have any ideas for improvements.