TRANSFORMING LEARNING OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN THROUGH AUDIO
Ears for eyes is an initiative started by PortableVoices to support education of Visually impaired children and persons through creation of free audiobooks. The audiobooks can be accessible through PortableVoices Mobile App and handheld media players that are adapted for visually impaired.
THE GRAND CHALLENGE
Over 45,000 visually impaired children in Kenya have no access to quality education due to inadequate learning materials and expensive assistive technologies.
Most of blind students and schools of the blind currently depend on braille books to learn and teach respectively. Although recently some schools for the blind have began using audio content and assistive technologies, the adoption has been slow and challenging because there are very few audio format literature books, school textbooks, revision materials, and technologies currently available are expensive and outdated.
Free Audio Content for
By producing more audiobooks and creating a user friendly mobile application, the visually impaired children will have a new media and platform of learning.
Ears for Eyes will help to transform the education performance of the beneficiary integrated and special schools across all 47 counties in Kenya that we will be partnering with in implementing the program. The academic performance of visually impaired children will increase by 35 percent annually. More importantly, high quality education will give visually impaired children and persons new career opportunities and job opportunities.
ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR
Team, Studio, Content.
So far we have produced a collection of 10 short stories, 1 radio dramas, over 20 episodes of education podcast.
We are now developing PORTABLEVOICES MOBILE APP which will make it easy and convenient for the visually impaired to access our audiobooks and additional learning materials. The app will be accessible via any internet enabled smartphone and integrated with the various media players and assistive technologies adapted for visually impaired.