December 18, 2023

Text to Speech: Empowering Even More Students to Live the Life They Love

The Imperative of Accessibility in Tech
Our students are inherently diverse. From individuals with visual or motor impairments to those with learning disabilities, any learning technology might be more challenging than it seems depending on a student’s visible or invisible disability. For this reason, technology should always strive to implement accessibility features. In fact, embracing accessibility is not just a legal obligation. It should be included in every EdTech company’s commitment to students.

As technology continues to help us push the boundaries of innovative teaching practices EdTech companies should constantly be asking, do the tools we create champion learning for all? 

Breaking Barriers with Text-to-Speech
A great example of a small feature that can make a big difference for students is Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology. By converting written text into spoken words, TTS breaks down barriers for individuals with visual impairments, learning disabilities, and even students suffering from screen fatigue who appreciate the ability to engage with content in a new way.

In fact, the integration of TTS in tech applications goes beyond mere compliance; it enhances the overall user experience. Not only does it accommodate those with learning challenges, but it also provides a versatile and convenient alternative for students. 

Find Your Grind and the Commitment to Inclusivity
At Find Your Grind, we have recently added TTS to ensure our content is even more accessible to our diverse user base. Students can now listen to the Find Your Grind curriculum as they embark on a self-discovery journey and learn 21st-century skills. We’ve included this new feature to ensure increased future readiness, lifestyle design, and career exploration opportunities for every student. By integrating TTS technology into its platform, we ensure that its innovative and interactive curriculum, career library, and mentor guidance are accessible to all users, regardless of their abilities. This not only aligns with the ethical responsibility of technology developers but also with our deep-seated belief that every student should have an equal opportunity to live a life they love.

By clicking “LISTEN” students can hear the text read out loud.

More than a Check Box
The integration of Text-to-Speech technology is not just a checkbox on a compliance list; it is a pivotal step toward a more inclusive digital future. Embracing accessibility enhances user experience, expands the reach of applications, and, most importantly, upholds the principles of equality and diversity in the ever-evolving tech landscapes.

To find out more about how Find Your Grind embraces accessibility, get in touch with one of our team members by clicking here. They’d love to show you this feature in action!

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