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Reading & E-Text Software

Below is a list of assistive technology and adaptive software that can help you read and understand course materials and texts. If you have trouble reading or understanding digital texts, these tools that can help. They can make a big difference in your ability to engage with course content. Each solution listed below have unique features and benefits. There are many other apps available that provide similar functionality, so feel free to research and find the one that best suits your needs.

Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge comes with a built-in PDF reader that lets you open your local pdf files, online pdf files or pdf files embedded in web pages, and gives you a single application to meet web page and PDF document needs.

  • Browser with Text to Speech ability called Read Aloud
  • Customize reading voice, speed, and language for your readings.
  • Works well with CANVAS

Compatibility: Windows, MAC OS, iOS and Android

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Capti Voice

With Capti browser extension you can: listen to web articles, format web page text to make it easier to read, and to save content to Capti cloud.

  • Convert documents and webpages into text-to-speech
  • Upload documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, Clipboard, Instapaper, or Web Browser
  • Listen to document immediately or save it to your playlist for future listening
  • Adjust speech rate along with the choice of built in voices; additional voices for purchase

Compatible: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac Browser Extensions

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Google Chrome Browser

With a variety of tools available, find what feels you.

  • Browser with over 2 dozen accessibility features (extensions)
  • Customize your extensions to Chrome by adding the extensions of your choice
  • Works well on CANVAS

Compatibility: Windows, MAC OS, iOS and Android

About Google Chrome

Adobe Acrobat Reader

This provides a free PDF reader if PDF documents are readable PDFs.

  • Listen to readings instead of reading them yourself
  • Tagged PDFs are read in order in structure tree, untagged are read in logical inferred reading order
  • Tagged PDFs will read alternative text descriptions

Compatible: Windows, Mac OS

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Bookshare is the largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities.

  • Accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazine are available
  • Individuals with Print Disabilities can sign up for a membership
  • Books available for download can be read on DAISY players, with Screen Readers, Refreshable Braille Displays, and other Assistive Technology Programs

Compatible: Online Resource

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We want to make sure that all students can access and engage with course materials. If you have trouble reading or understanding digital texts because of a disability, we're here to help.

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