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Polygon Sees Better Way to Diagnoses

Millions of students in the United States and beyond are affected by learning differences such as dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but getting assessed for such disorders can be costly and time consuming.

West Hollywood-based Polygon Technologies Inc. wants to alleviate this problem through remote tele-assessment services and a software platform that automates much of the complicated diagnostic process.
This work is personal for Jack Rolo, the company’s chief executive. Rolo said he struggled with reading and writing throughout his school years, before eventually being diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult.

When learning differences are properly diagnosed, he said, students can access resources and interventions that can change the trajectory of their academic growth and achievement.

Polygon launched in 2019 but had until recently been operating under the radar. The company emerged from stealth mode on May 20, with the announcement that it had raised $3.6 million in a seed funding round led by Spark Capital.
Rolo said the funding would be used to accelerate the rollout and expansion of Polygon’s tele-assessment services.

The company charges just under $1,000 for an assessment, which Rolo said is far below what parents would normally pay for such an evaluation. He acknowledged, however, that the price tag is still likely higher than what some families would be able to pay.

“That’s still out of reach for most American families,” said Rolo. “We’re really pushing for an approach where every child in the country can get evaluated, regardless of your background, your geography or how wealthy your family is.”
That will likely require partnerships with school districts, which Rolo said is a priority for Polygon.

Paola Mendez
Paola Mendez
Paola Mendez graduated from Los Angeles Valley College, then transferred to University of California, and now serves as a Receptionist and Office Assistant to the Los Angeles Business Journal. Paola wears many hats in different departments and is trilingual in English, Spanish and French.

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