[Tech For Good] A Digital Binder For Dyslexic Children

At the crossroads of the social and solidarity economy (ESS) and the world of start-ups, a new ecosystem, called “Tech for good” or “social tech” is emerging. A whole part of the activity of this emerging sector that we propose to explore during the summer is to put technology at the service of the most vulnerable people, especially people with disabilities or requiring special medical monitoring. It is exactly in this spirit that engineer Denis Masson, himself the father of three dyslexic children, imagined his digital binder.

Using technology to put it at the service of social progress: this is the creed of the “technology for social good” network, or TechSoup Europe, which includes the Ordyslexie solution, among 24 organizations and 400,000 people mobilized around social innovations stemming from technological innovation. Conceived in 2012 by Denis Masson, airline pilot, computer engineer and himself father of three dyslexic children, this digital binder aims to facilitate the learning of children with learning disabilities. The man claims to have relied not only on his personal experience, but also on know-how from the worlds of aeronautics-to ensure that the child is “operational” at all times, so available to learn without being distracted by other tasks that it is difficult to perform – and computer science, in connection with the returns of various health professionals (speech therapists, psychomotor therapists, occupational therapists) and teachers. One of his sons, Raphael, now 24 years old and himself dyslexic, has today taken over the torch alongside his father, who still manages the technical aspects.

The tool comes in the form of an intuitive Microsoft OneNote-based notebook, which replaces paper documents that are not well suited to “dys” children. “Taking notes on a computer makes it possible to overcome the difficulties linked for example to the drawing of letters,” explains Raphaël Masson. “Our tool, imagined by” dys “for” dys “, also incorporates the ability to take notes by simple voice dictation, and a device for voice synthesis to read instructions, for example. digital has other advantages: for children whose retinal scrolling is limited, preventing reading more than three or four words at a time, play on fonts and the spread of characters is enough to solve some problems. Consisting of a tablet and a stylus combined with a roller scanner, it already displays a community of 3000 users, including the distribution of more than 2000 computers from a reconfigured Air France donation as part of a partnership with Ateliers du Bocage.

Ordyslexie federated in 2016 around its solution a consortium with Microsoft, a team of scientists specialized in the language of the University Jean Jaurès of Toulouse and the company Synapse development. “We adapted Microsoft technologies, originally designed for the professional world, to the world of the school, and OneNote enabled us to produce a virtual binder, with tabs by subject (mathematics, French, life sciences and computer science). earth, etc.) and virtual pages “. The partners should create by 2020 an assistant language, which has already received the support of Bpifrance, to analyze errors in grammar and spelling and offer the child to review the rules of grammar and conjugation corresponding. This innovation will be based on the Synapse development AI, fed by texts provided by the user community, which were studied by Jean Jaurès researchers to deduce linguistic profiles. “This partnership is interesting for Synapse too, because this work allowed them to integrate into their engine the ability to analyze a very impoverished language,” notes Raphaël Masson.

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