Luz Rello

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2014


This profile was prepared when Luz Rello was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Luz has a multi-pronged strategy for addressing the challenges faced by people with dyslexia (which some estimates suggest could represent one out of ten people). Seizing the opportunity presented by the dramatic transformation of how information of all types is compiled and transmitted in the digital age, Luz is transforming the information environment with which dyslexics engage, while pioneering new methods to improve how people with dyslexia learn and improve their comprehension.

Though long recognized, treatment of dyslexia - the difficulty to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite levels of intelligence - has been slow to evolve. Luz has brought research and researchers from across disciplines to identify key stumbling blocks to comprehension by dyslexics, particularly in terms of layout and content, and developed new tools and methodologies for improved learning. In addition, she is establishing new protocols for “accessible information” for providers of information of all kinds.

The advent of digital devices for reading has created the opportunity to automatically modify parameters based on Luz and her team’s research to improve text comprehension. In turn, the use of technology, making it simple and accessible, allows people with dyslexia to download many of these new tools. These tools are software based, guaranteeing their rapid dissemination.

Luz works with coalitions of educators, school systems and local governments to test and disseminate these new methods, and ensure that they are adapted in school systems. In parallel with her emphasis on changing how people with dyslexia learn and are taught, she is also focusing on the social environment of how information is presented, targeting schools, publishing houses, governments and local and international standard-setting bodies to promote simple methods of enhancing the presentation of information for greater accessibility.
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