ReadSpeaker has partnered with the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy (MCOL) in Philadelphia to help adults improve their basic literacy skills. ReadSpeaker donated its best-selling software for use in myPLACE Online, MCOL’s path-breaking reading, writing, and math courses for low-literate adults.

Using state-of-the-art cloud-based text-to-speech technology, ReadSpeaker provides myPLACE Online learners with the ability to listen to course content, thereby helping those with reading challenges or learning disabilities better comprehend material to become confident, autonomous readers.Research shows that text-to-speech technology improves word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, accuracy, and recall. Because ReadSpeaker’s technology requires no downloads, it integrates seamlessly on all supported devices and operating systems, including Canvas, the learning management system used by MCOL.

“ReadSpeaker is a phenomenal tool,” said Diane Inverso, interim executive director, MCOL. “It improves the accessibility of myPLACE Online content for our Adult Basic Education students. For those with fluency issues, ReadSpeaker allows them to better understand text by hearing high-quality audio which helps to reduce barriers to learning. I commend ReadSpeaker’s leadership team for their willingness to donate this program to support the educational pursuits of Philadelphians.” “We could not be more pleased to contribute to the work of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. Addressing Philadelphia’s high poverty and low literacy rates require partnerships across sectors. ReadSpeaker is proud to work with MCOL to make learning possible for adults,” said Steve Moore, General Manager ReadSpeaker North America.