François Goudenove

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2010
Web sourd

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Pour permettre aux sourds d’exprimer tout leur potentiel et d’être des citoyens à part entière, François Goudenove a développé des solutions alliant nouvelles technologies et langues des signes : visio-interprétation, “ avatar “ signant, site d’informations en Langue des Signes Française (LSF). Il a offert un nouveau souffle au métier d’interprète en LSF, par la création de formations de qualité, d’opportunités professionnelles, et la diffusion de l’interprétation simultanée via l’outil de Visio. Avec ces solutions, il transforme le quotidien des sourds en facilitant l’usage de la langue des signes dans les lieux et services publics, et les entreprises.

 

IMPACT Plus de 80 entreprises et 60 services publics se sont équipés de l’outil de visio-interprétation, permettant plus de 4000 appels traités par mois. Le site d’actualité en LSF regroupe plus de 30 000 connexions mensuelles au portail d’actualité.  

 

QUI EST-IL ?

Ingénieur chez Airbus durant 15 ans, François est responsable d’équipes multiculturelles et expérimente la vie de projets avec la diversité comme caractéristique.  Papa d’un enfant né sourd, il découvre le potentiel de la LSF pour l’intégration des sourds dans la société et fonde Websourd.

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when François Goudenove was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
François has developed a comprehensive set of tools that enable deaf people to broadly communicate using sign language. He empowers them to promote their identity. Examples of his innovations include new ways to make video phone calls, using live sign language interpreters, as well as a live news website in sign language. By facilitating communication and the accessibility of sign language, François has restored the autonomy and self-confidence of thousands of deaf people and has enabled them to act on an equal footing with hearing people. Moreover, he is promoting his organization, Websourd, as an integrative role model for deaf people into the mainstream workplace; currently employing 15 deaf people on a team of 20. By recruiting deaf people on their potential and skills, François offers them promising career paths.

In addition to directly serving the deaf community, François encourages hearing people to accept deaf people and feel comfortable with their differences. To break the taboo of deafness as a disability, he enables hearing people to have one-on-one communication with deaf people in sign language in the workplace and in public places. François also promotes sign language through highly visible tools, such as the first sign language avatar interpreter that will soon be accessible on large screens in 150 major French train stations. Furthermore, François creates job opportunities for hearing people to be sign language interpreters (from 280 interpreters today to 3,000 targeted in five years). He is also changing how academic institutions engage around the issue of deafness by developing trainings in sign language, soon to be available in several universities.

To fundamentally change French mentalities towards deaf people François knows he must demonstrate deaf people’s value the whole of society. He is therefore developing training programs based on non-verbal communication skills, led by deaf people (i.e. 1,200 have been trained to date). To further revolutionize the role of deaf people in society, François is proving the value they bring to other sectors. He is working on a project with Airbus to design an airplane cockpit using deaf people’s skills. In the mid-term, technologies developed initially for deaf people will be able to serve other populations (e.g. the elderly), thereby contributing to societal improvement. Beyond his national impact, François is currently working on two projects at a continental scale.
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