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Disability Services

Reading

NaturalReader

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  • Converts any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words
  • Change reading voices and speed
  • Easy to use, one-click technology
  • Cost: Free
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Text Grabber + Translator

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  • For turning paper hard copy into readable PDF
  • iPhone app that uses the phone's camera to turn text on paper into text that can then be read aloud on the iPhone
  • OCR is good enough for text-to-speech
  • Cost: $2.99
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Voice Dream Reader

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  • Listen to PDF and Word documents, eBooks, articles, and Web pages anywhere with offline text-to-speech
  • Built-in integration with Dropbox, Bookshare, Pocket, Instapaper, and Gutenberg makes it easy to import read material
  • Sophisticated controls, synchronized word highlighting and autoscrolling
  • Cost: $9.99
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iReadWrite

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  • iReadWrite makes reading easier and ensures accurate writing as you use your iPad for school, work, or leisure
  • Support features include: Text-to-speech, Word Prediction, Phonetic Spell Checker, Homophone and Confusables Checker, Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Customizable Background and Text Colors, Choice of Voices and Fonts, Importing and Sharing documents
  • Cost: $19.99
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Balabolka

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  • Text-To-Speech (TTS) Program
  • The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file
  • Reads the clipboard content and views the text from CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF and RTF files
  • Cost: Free
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Readability

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  • Turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet
  • Available as an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android
  • Cost: Free
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VoiceOver

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  • VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader available on Mac computers, iPhone and iPad
  • Allows the device to read out loud icons, menus and Web articles making it easier for the blind and those with low-vision to use a computer
  • Cost: Free, Built-In
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Read2Go

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  • Read2Go is the most accessible DAISY ebook reader for iOS
  • From within Read2Go, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership
  • The app gives you full control over visual choices for font size and color, background and highlighting color, and text-to-speech preferences
  • Cost: $19.99
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WordTalk

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  • WordTalk is a high quality free add-in that provides convenient, versatile and customizable text-to-speech for any document written or opened in Microsoft Word
  • WordTalk Add-in for Word
  • Cost: Free, Add-On
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PaperPort Notes

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  • Digital note taking tool for the iPad
  • Combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone
  • Leverage Dragon voice recognition to capture your ideas and notes simply by speaking
  • Cost: Free
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Shahi Visual Dictionary

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  • Visual dictionary that combines Flickr, Google and Yahoo images with Wictionary content
  • Terms within definitions are hyperlinked
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource
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Google Dictionary

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  • View definitions easily as you browse the web
  • Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble
  • Includes audio pronunciation
  • Cost: Free, Add-On
  • Compatibility: Google Chrome Extension
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Bookshare

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  • Bookshare is a web-based library of digital books in accessible formats for people with print disabilities
  • Members download books and read the material using assistive technology. Typically text-to-speech software that reads aloud and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays
  • Cost: Free with Print Disability
  • Compatibility: Online Resource
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