54% of U.S. adults ages 16 to 74 years old (130 million people) lack proficiency in literacy, reading below a sixth-grade level.
Source: U.S. Department of Education
Improving readability through personalization.
Reading is foundational to acquiring knowledge and sharing ideas, but most children and adults worldwide don’t read at their optimum capacity. Technology can change this. New digital innovations (such as Liquid Mode in Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile) enable us to personalize reading to each reader and improve literacy for people of all skill levels.
Adobe has invested years of research in using technology to improve the experience of reading digital documents. We’re partnering with higher education, reading experts, nonprofits, educators, and technologists to conduct research, run pilot programs, and share our learnings.
Adobe is using learnings from the Readability Initiative to reinvent how people read and extract information from digital documents. We took our first step with Liquid Mode, a tool in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app that lets you effortlessly read documents on mobile devices. Liquid Mode uses Adobe Sensei AI and machine learning technology to understand the structure of PDFs, enhance readability, and unleash on-the-go productivity.
Dr. Ben Sawyer is a leading researcher in computer-machine interaction who’s established a lab at UCF for state-of-the-art research in digital/electronic reading. Adobe is sponsoring the Virtual Readability Lab and collaborating with Dr. Sawyer and his team on multiple digital reading research studies.
Dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education and social and economic development programs, World Education plans to pilot Adobe tools in adult education settings and share their findings.