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Awarding excellence: International Dyslexia Association honours Texthelp founder

Texthelp CTO Martin McKay earns IDA Presidential Award in recognition of lifetime contribution to dyslexia and literacy.

Our achievements in helping people with reading differences have today been honoured by the International Dyslexia Association.

Texthelp founder and CTO Martin McKay collected the Presidential Award of Excellence at this year’s IDA Conference in Atlanta.

Recognising Martin’s contribution to the dyslexia community, it is the first time a European has earned the prestigious award that’s until now been given to US educators, innovators and activists.

Created by IDA in 2013, the Presidential Award of Excellence honours an individual who – through their profession – tirelessly aims to improve the lives of those with dyslexia. This award is given in recognition of excellence in service to individuals with dyslexia, their families, and the greater community. The award is presented annually at the IDA’s Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference. 

“Over the last 25 years, Martin has made an enormous practical contribution to the dyslexic community worldwide”, comments Jennifer Topple, Chariperson IDA. 

“Texthelp’s products are an inspiring example of how technology can be harnessed creatively to helps millions of people in their everyday life. Martin has also been a tireless contributor to awareness around a wide range of literacy and learning issues.”  

“He listens, he cares, and he is willing to work tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals with dyslexia by providing powerful tools that help to level the playing field for many of them.”

“I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this recognition from the international dyslexia community” says Martin. “I’m immensely proud that Texthelp’s assistive technology and literacy solutions have already helped over 12 million people.

“But to me this feels like just the start. With 15% of the world’s population having some form of dyslexia, it’s clear we have a long journey to help everyone achieve their own individual literacy and learning potential, and we remain really committed to that cause.”


About the International Dyslexia Association
IDA’s mission is to create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences, so they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.

IDA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia. The conference brings together experts from around the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more.

The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference is attended by some 2,000 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutors, and parents.


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