Greek university students develop online tool for dyslexics

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-23 20:21:44|Editor: Song Lifang
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ATHENS, July 23 (Xinhua) -- An innovative interactive tool that helps dyslexics read easier online was developed by students of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in northern Greece and was used for first time this week for educational purposes during a Summer School hosted at the university.

The tool named "3asyR" (Easy Reader) allowed dyslexics and people with learning disabilities read easier the website created for the 1st International Journalism Summer School hosted by the Aristotle University's Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communications from July 16 to 23, according to a press release.

The tool provides the opportunity for users to underline words or highlight material on online texts and choose among 15 dyslexic friendly colors and font size options or a Text-to-Speech option, supporting almost all languages.

"Our main priority is to make the reading experience in any electronic device easier and more fun," Maria Tsiana, the founder of "3esyR" explained on the website.

As a dyslexic herself Tsiana worked on the tool while studying journalism at the Aristotle University cooperating with other students and young experts in many fields.

The final touches on "3asyR" were put in August 2016 in Dublin where she sought working experience.

This July Tsiana returned to Thessaloniki to present it and put it in use during the Summer School set up via the collaboration of the Aristotle University with the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and the Deutsche Welle Academie.

Four Chinese students were among participants in the school entitled "International Journalism and media organizations in a turbulent age: European and Asian Perspectives", organizers told Xinhua.

Tsiana's participation was a way to express gratitude to her professors for the support she received while developing "3easyR".

"We support our students' efforts. Their achievements show their potential and our commitment to help them progress," Christos Frangonikolopoulos, Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communications of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki said.

Tsiana on her part wants to offer the opportunity to the more than 700 million dyslexics on the planet and many more with other kinds of learning disabilities to customize their online reading experience and make it simpler and fun.