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Our strong belief is that every student should have access to information. While the Internet is a leading informative source, most of its content comes in a written form, which can become an obstacle for certain groups of students. About 80% of the information in classrooms is visual, and by different accounts, up to 7% of students across the US suffer from moderate to severe vision impairment. We are committed to giving everyone an equal chance to learn and acquire knowledge via different media, which is why we decided to start the new podcast and voiced articles project to help students with eyesight problems.
Edubirdie is a global academic assistance platform that helps students around the world make their daily struggles at least a bit easier. Our team consists of academic professionals from English-speaking countries to guarantee clear pronunciation for the listeners of our podcasts and voice articles. The fact is that vision problems are much more common than most people suspect, and our mission is to provide each student with comfortable learning conditions.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people around the world suffer from eye disease of different levels of severity. It may include some mild visual impairment as well as complete blindness, which means that more than 1 billion people might have problems perceiving visual materials. Out of this, 36 million people are completely blind, and 217 million more have severe eye health problems. That is why it is so important to provide these people with the opportunity to perceive visual information in an alternative way. It may be of a big interest for students with vision issues who need to access information to learn and develop their skills, and this is where our assistance platform steps in.
Podcasts’ popularity is snowballing in the US. More than 75% of Americans nowadays are aware of what podcasting is, and more than 55% have listened to a podcast at least once. It makes podcasting the next biggest medium that can even overshadow even TV soon. Podcasts are becoming massive information and knowledge outlets, leading to it to be a perfect time to launch educational podcasts people can listen to and learn. It would not only be an excellent advancement for low vision students but also for most people used to perceiving information via this particular medium.
We have several reasons as to why websites should voice their articles:
We offer an article voicing service to help people access the information in the most convenient form. Either podcasting or voicing the articles would be of great use for students and academic professionals. Our service is the next step towards a more inclusive and accessible academic environment that fosters equity and integrity.
Our main goal is to provide equal opportunities to all learners and to make sure that the physical peculiarities of each student never stand in the way of learning and achieving success in life. Giving students with vision impairment a chance to perceive information conveniently is the goal we pursuit; that is what we strive for and what we believe!