Around 10% of people – i.e. 6.3 million people in the UK and 700 million people worldwide – struggle with dyslexia. Lexilife co-founder Jean-Baptiste Fontes has an intimate understanding of this disability. In 2018, he founded Lexilife, a startup dedicated to giving every dyslexic person an improved reading experience. One year later, he unveiled Lexilight, the first lamp that helps dyslexic people read normally on any screen or printed literature (books, ereaders, tablets and smartphones).
Supporting the dyslexic community during confinement
Dyslexia goes beyond science. The company Lexilife aims to raise awareness of dyslexia and the unique challenges people face who have the disability, through deeper understanding and going further to help those with the learning difficulty in general by partnering with specialist organizations through to gradually releasing the light which can help many worldwide.
To further help people to understand dyslexia, Lexilife provides users with Lexikits, which include valuable insights on dyslexia, its root causes and how to best understand from the position of someone who has dyslexia. Lexikits have also been designed specifically for children and include animations which they can read and listen to simultaneously.
During the lockdown, solidarity is of the utmost importance. Out of 8.7 million school children in England, a report estimated about 870,000 of them have dyslexia but fewer than 150,000 were diagnosed, according to Department for Education figures.
Loyal to their societal engagement, Lexilife is committed to helping parents provide the support their children need during this restricted time by offering them Lexilight on loan to help during the coming weeks of homeschooling, by offering a full reimbursement on the deposit held should they decide not to keep it moving forward.
Lexilife wishes to contribute to making their dyslexics children’s studies more enjoyable, even from home.
The science behind Lexilight
It is based on more than 20 years of R&D and a discovery published in 2017 by the Royal Society which sheds new light on dyslexia and its origins. A non-dyslexic person has one dominant eye sending key information essential to good reading skills to the brain. A dyslexic person, on the other hand, has two dominant eyes that send two different streams of information to the brain simultaneously.
This confusion is behind the two opposing visuals, creating mirror images and disturbing the reading process. Joined by researchers, scientists, speech therapists, Lexilight was developed to allow the brain to process information as if it came from the single dominant eye. The lamp uses pulsed and modulated light to correct perception instantly. Internal clinical tests scientifically proved its effectiveness. Lexilife is now conducting clinical trials alongside healthcare experts with medical device certification in the pipeline.
Lexilight is available at €549 and comes with a free 1-month trial. It also comes with a 10-year warranty. Since reading is possible everywhere, the lamp is light and comes with a robust case for easy transport.
In line with social responsibility, Lexilight is manufactured in Brittany by L’atelier du courrier, where 98% of employees are themselves disabled.
For more information, please visit: https://lexilife.com/en/