Luz Rello Sánchez, 2016 FPdGi Social Award

Rello has been chosen for developed a sustainable and replicable model that uses technology to tackle the social challenge of dyslexia, for the benefit of all and with a high multiplier effect

Luz Rello Sánchez (Madrid, 1984) graduated in Linguistics from the Complutense University in Madrid and obtained her PhD in Computational Science from the Pompeu Fabra University. She also has a Master’s in Human Language Technology from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Rello Sánchez, who has been dealing with dyslexia since she was a child, has combined her linguistic and computer science training to create tools designed to stop young people dropping out of school because of dyslexia, a disorder that affects approximately 10% of the population. She is the founder of Change Dyslexia, an online social project which has so far developed a dyslexia detector, Dytective, and intervention apps to improve reading and writing skills, as well as Piruletras, to improve spelling (32,000 downloads in 73 countries) and IDEAL eBook Reader for writing skills (35,000 downloads). The Dytective detector is being scientifically evaluated with the help of 10,000 children (58 schools/centres), and during 2016 the Education Council of Murcia will be integrating it into its schools (250,000 children).

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