This website is 100% free. It will provide you with solid information on the brain including brain basics, the latest news on neuro developments, and cutting-edge research on emerging ideas in brain science in their FREE e-magazine called cerebrum. They have a section on notable brain science findings, neuroethics (my favourite section), another section called “Briefly noted” within the magazine, which has brilliant infographics by the numbers, links to brain related articles and a bookshelf with new and trending brain science related book reviews. There is a section on “Shared science” with videos, podcasts, resources for educators and downloadable publications and handouts. These handouts are categorised into populations such as different grades in schools, general public, senior citizens and university students. While they don’t yet have Indian languages, the handouts are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. The foundation is a Private philanthropic one and has major grants. It was established in 1950 in New York City. They also have major funding to help new career investigators test novel hypothesis and develop pilot data. The grant program includes research on brain-body interaction, clinical neuroscience, first-in-man studies of brain therapies. They are heavily into public awareness and advocacy.
Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz have spent a lifetime researching, publishing and bringing forth ground-breaking scientific advances to the field of dyslexia. They are directors of “The Yale Centre for Dyslexia and Creativity.” On their website you will find resources for dyslexic kids and adults – with inspiring, real-life examples that are not “exceptions to the rule.” There are resources for parents with tips for helping your child and also for preparing school strategies. A third link is available for educators way you learn about classroom strategies for language, math and emotional support. It also offers tech support advice. There is an option to buy their extremely engaging 53-minute movie “The big picture : rethinking dyslexia” here, here or on Amazon in order to deepen understanding of the problem for friends, family and schools. The website also offers you FAQ’s on early clues and signs of dyslexia and encourages the use of the word “dyslexia” if you have been diagnosed. Just using the word can bring a sense of comfort, confidence and identity. The examples of people who call themselves dyslexic can be found here. The website also offers extensive research outcomes that can be freely read by you. There is a link to resources for tools and technology and also a toolkit for parents, educators and students that includes (1) talking about dyslexia guide (2) social media awareness campaign (3) what you can do as parents, educators or dyslexic individuals to raise awareness about dyslexia. A favourite of mine that I adopted from the site is the use of Graphic Novels very early on. This is proven to help my son greatly, and today at 10 years old he is one of the most voracious readers of graphic and paperback novels. This is what they call “bridging the gap.” This particular website helped me gain insight early on, and I highly recommend it as a starting point.
India reports the highest number of suicide deaths in the world and has seen a 10% increase from 2019 to the pandemic year 2020. Having reviewed many websites that offer resources for suicide prevention, this one is by far my favourite (as of 2022). Although we have a long way to go to develop a good National suicide prevention plan (it’s in the pipeline), it’s worth noting that In India hanging is the most common method of suicide, followed by pesticides poisoning, medicine overdose, and self-immolation. Indian Strategies to prevent suicide need to be provided on a website that addresses different stakeholders. There also needs to be resources for younger Indians who fail exams, suffer rejection of love or heartbreak, abuse, depression, addictions and loneliness. Hopefully, NIMHANS or TISS could take up the opportunity given the treatment gap by similarly conducting paid programs online since many people have access to phones, distribute their manuals across the country and gather data for it’s use in return!
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English (Spoken) , German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Japanese, simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese (Sub-titled)
INR 1000 for one season or 1600 for two (Season 1 + 2). There are gifting options as well (which I have used aplenty).