Ordyslexie provides dyslexic children with a refurbished tablet-PC with Microsoft OneNote, which helps make the learning experience more interactive. The program gives children an organizational system that helps them automatically save their work and come back to it if they get distracted. Ordyslexie is a cost-effective and easier way to learn for dyslexic children.
Imagine that organizing your thoughts and writing were laborious tasks and identifying letters and sounds was a daily struggle for you. Imagine that doing your schoolwork was so daunting that it made you doubt your own abilities and caused you and your family stress. This is the reality for thousands of 10-year-old dyslexic children in the French school system. These students have to cope with a 7-hour school day and sit through 10 subjects, despite their learning difficulties.
For Denis Masson, an IT engineer, pilot, and the founder of Ordyslexie, this issue is very dear. He also suffers from dyslexia and has two dyslexic sons. In 2010, Sir Masson came up with a brilliant idea: to establish an innovative project that catered to the needs of dyslexic children. Sir Masson chose the name Ordyslexie, which comes from the French words for computer (ordinateur) and dyslexia (dyslexie).
A Simple Solution for a Complex Problem
What is so special about Ordyslexie? The concept of Ordyslexie is to provide dyslexic children with a refurbished tablet-PC at a minimal fee of 85 euros. Each tablet-PC comes with Microsoft OneNote, which helps make the learning experience more interactive. The program also gives the children an organizational system that helps them automatically save their work and come back to it if they get distracted. With everyone working at the same pace, the class as a whole can stay more organized.
Sir Masson persuaded Air France to donate the pilots’ tablet- PCs to solidarity projects like Ordyslexie. Air France gladly donated 2,000 tablet-PCs to styluses. Thanks to dedicated parents from disability organizations like APEDYS and FUSO, and other equipment opportunities, this project has now spread rapidly across France. The Ordyslexie program has now been active since 2010 and has affected the lives of over 3000 students.
These dyslexic children no longer have to dread going to school because they have gained confidence and have become more independent. Homework time is less of a struggle for both parents and kids, and teachers do not have to constantly decipher the pupils’ handwriting or prepare special material.
Improving the Education Experience
Dyslexic students have gone from failing and disliking schoolwork to overcoming their learning difficulties thanks to Ordyslexie. For example, children can scan their work and edit it on the tablet-PC, color diagrams and maps with the stylus or edit work directly with the keyboard. They can also use speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and spelling and grammar checkers to improve their note-taking.
Connecting Through Technology: The Work of Solidatech and TechSoup
The project would not be a success today without the collaborative efforts of key stakeholders. The TechSoup French partner, Solidatech, a program of Les Ateliers du Bocage, refurbishes the tablet-PCs, ensuring that all confidential data has been deleted, and installs operating systems and software like OneNote. Solidatech also works to increase the impact of Ordyslexie by looking for funding and equipment. It also centralizes requests from the nonprofits who would like to benefit from the solution, distributes the tablet-PCs, and fulfils public relations activities in collaboration with its partners.