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Technologies for Empowerment

Cognition Labs, recognizing the wide neurodiversity of the human population, designs and creates software to enhance, support and supplement reading skills for the millions of people with differences in visual, auditory or other perceptual domains.

DyslexiAR App

Did you know that 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability?

DyslexiAR transforms written text into a format that suits an individual’s visual perceptual needs. The app positively changes engagement with text, advances capacity to read with ease and to manage text on tablets, computers, and augmented reality glasses. 

Historical research and treatments have focused on dyslexia through its physiological causes with interventions that emphasize multi-sensory language techniques and cognitive training. Until now, no comprehensive solution could exist for transforming text to suit the unique visual perceptual requirements of the individual dyslexic learner. 

Pilot Program

We delivered DyslexiAR for iPad to a number of Learning Specialists who work with dyslexic students. A pilot was conducted to test and refine the application for use in supported and independent, at-home, environments. The Specialists and their students were provided with the application and access to a number of grade-leveled books with the student’s commitment to read for 20 minutes daily using the app. The students and Learning Specialists assessed the app’s usability and the students’ engagement.

“…[DyslexiAR] has allowed him to increase his comprehension and fluency… he’s excited to read… he feels there is no longer a roadblock.” 
Lisa Mackey, M.A.Phd.
Learning Specialist
“…that’s the transformational experience that I’m so grateful for because now we have readers that want to read…” 
Jennifer Larson
Founder, My City School
“DyslexiAR gave him the tools to put his foundation of remediation to use and really connect with something and feel successful… self-esteem was increased and motivation to try increased.” 
Betsy Drobish Joyce, M.S.
Learning Specialist

Our Research

For the millions of people who struggle with perceptual differences, there is often a life-long and generational impact. Communication and connection with one’s community and the world are largely based on the ability to see, read, and comprehend. When this ability is impaired, there often follows a destructive and emotional wake which can be measured in the isolation, financial aid given, school drop-out rates, prison rates, and poor health outcomes. Our research and product development efforts focus on three areas:

1: Dyslexia

Applying algorithm breakthroughs, text transformations and real time processing to insure more effective readability. The DyslexiAR app is our first product to address the needs of learners with perceptual differences.

2. Vision, Deafness

Exploring low vision improvements (zoom, image clarity, image to text) and navigation for the blind and/or dyslexic in visual and spatial fields. Using computer vision, machine learning and real time avatar animation to assist those with hearing loss.

3: Comprehension

Implementing Hi-Lo reading, language translations and automated text abstraction/simplification to improve comprehension.

Our Team

Cognition Labs brings together educational specialists, product designers, and technology innovators. Our partners and advisors include educators, content specialists, researchers, strategists, and engineers.

Current partners include content providers such as Learning Ally and educational institutions such as Charles Armstrong School and My City School in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Let’s work together.

We can work together to change the possibilities for those with perceptual differences. Join us in this opportunity.