Accessibility and Productivity Tools
Increase your access and productivity by utilizing
these valuable tools.
Text to Speech
Software that coverts
text to audio.
Adobe Reader has the
ability to convert text to speech through its Read Out Loud feature. Read
Out Loud can speak the contents
of many PDF files and is found under the View tab.
This easy-to-use software
can read just about any kind of text and can also be used to convert the
written word into audio files such as MP3 or WAV.
Different than Text to
Speech – these readers convert everything displayed on the screen – icons,
hyperlinks, etc. Screen readers are especially helpful to students who are
Microsoft Internet Explorer to display mathematical notation in web pages –
allowing mathematical expressions to be enlarged and spoken for student with
reading disabilities or visual impairments.
A plugin that automatically
speaks any Microsoft PowerPoint presentation – allowing you to add instant
narration to presentations without the need to record speech.
Like PowerTalk, Wordtalk
is a plugin that speaks the text of a document, highlighting the words as it
Ultra Hal Assistant
Verbose text to Speech Software
Speech to Text
Speech to text software,
also known as voice recognition software, coverts speech to text.
Dictation Pro allows an
individual to speak into a microphone and prepare letters, reports, and emails.
Google’s web browser,
Chrome, has a speech to text feature built in that allows you to enter text
into text boxes, forms, and search engines.
Dragon Naturally Speaking and Dragon Dictate
Magnifiers and Reading Tools
Another Lens displays a
magnified view of the area around the mouse cursor.
Fatbits is a fast,
compact, and easy-to-use screen magnifier for Windows that is useful for
individuals with visual impairments and graphic artists.