Reading support and Technology

 
The items listed on this website for reading and writing technologies for learning disabilities are examples of software and hardware that are offered in each category.  There are many products on the market that have many features equal to the products I have listed.  The products listed are examples that meet the criteria to be successful for dyslexic individuals and that I have used personally and professionally with other dyslexic individuals.

Audio books have been a stand-by intervention for dyslexic individuals for a significant period of time, progressing from audio tapes that were awkward to navigate to Daisy books on computer and CD that allow an individual to jump from page to page and chapter to chapter. A great resource about utilizing audio books effectively is www.learningthroughlistening.org.

Computer programs can also turn documents into audio files and mp3’s, making it easy to carry books and documents on an iPod or mp3 player.

For iPad apps that provide Assistive Writing support CLICK HERE
Information for iPads changes on a daily basis, and prices for apps vary by the hour. 
PLEASE NOTE: These apps and products are not endorsed by my employer, this website is an independent resource.  This is simply a list of apps that have been tried by therapists and teachers who have rated them highly. 

Sources for Audio Books:

Learning Ally- formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic -- read by volunteers; currently free to “certified” individuals with a print disability. On CD, downloadable Daisy format and mp3. (http://www.learningally.org/)

Local Libraries On-Line -- many libraries are now “checking out” audio and digital books online for members to listen to on iPods or mp3 players; make sure your player is compatible.
Free audio books at websites -- most are public domain
Librivox.orgPodiobooks.com
www.gutenberg.org
and MANY more

Audible.com -- a pay/subscription site for professionally read audio books

Create your own with a program to make an ebook or text document into an audiobook --
Balabolka (Free)--www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm
Natural Readers--www.naturalreaders.com
Ghost Reader (for Mac)--www.convenienceware.com

And MANY more


Digital text can be extremely useful for dyslexic individuals, allowing a book to be read by a computer-generated voice and highlighting text when read; accessible on computer and a multitude of portable devices.

Sources for Digital Text/E-Books--

Bookshare.org -- Accessible books for individuals with print disabilities, free for students and a yearly membership fee for adults.

Gutenberg.org -- Free books in the public domain in e-text and audio.

Local Libraries On-Line -- many libraries are now “checking out” audio and digital books online for members to read on   e-book readers and computers with text-to-speech software and other devices.

Purchase e-books from:
Amazon.com -- Kindle books
Mobipocket.com 
and MANY others E-books/E-Text can be read by hundreds of different softwares from free applications to elaborate scan-to-read software.  Remember, any talking word processor such as WordQ or Write:Outloud will also work as an e-text reader for many forms of e-books.

Important features for an e-text reader:

--A “natural” sounding voice.  Digital voices vary from barely understandable to very human-like; listen to the voices before committing to a program.

--Highlighting words when being read to aid in visual tracking while reading.

--Note-taking and bookmarks to help return to text later.


Software to read e-books on computers:
Free through Bookshare.org
Read:Outloud -- Bookshare edition
Victor Reader Soft -- Bookshare edition
ReadHear -- free with RFB&D edition


Microsoft Reader -- free, allows note-taking, finding words in a dictionary, and easy navigation. (www.microsoft.com/reader)

Included text-to-speech in Mac and Windows operating systems; simple but free.

Narrator software for Mac -- (www.dejal.com/narrator) has multiple voices, highlighting and ability to turn files to mp3.

Blio from Kurzweil -- reader with all original illustrations, highlighting, note-taking and more. Free.  blioreader.com


Portable E-Reader’s are the new technology everyone wants, and the number of options with text-to-speech features is growing.  This will be the new area of growth for Assistive Technology products, and portable palette computers and new screen readers will make it easier to read on the go and not on a computer.

Web Reading--

Evernote Clearly- Highlights, de-clutters the page and Clips information.  If you have a “premium” account then integrated text-to-speech.

Reader in Safari -- In Safari, iPad’s web browser, there is a “reader” function that helps de- clutter busy web pages and allow the reader to focus in on just the material to be read, as well as enlarge the text and use the “Speak Selection” feature to help with supported reading and highlighting.

Portable E-Reader Devices:
Kindle Fire E-Reader -- Text-to-speech for most books and all imported text from Bookshare; now with the Kindle Fire professional human speech can be synced with e-books and highlighting with “Immersive Reading” features. www.amazon.com
iPhone or iPod Touch with “Speak Selection” or “Voice-Over” reader -- Smaller screen but very portable. www.apple.com
iPad -- Portable device by Apple the size of a book reader. With the accessibility features and reading apps such as Read2Go from Bookshare.org it’s a great option for an E- Reader. www.apple.comWhat if the book I want is not available in E-Text or Audio Book?
iPhone/iPad, Android scanning apps -- Many iDevices now have apps that will take a picture of text and turn it into readable text. Try the Prizmo app or AppWriter for iOS, ScanThing for Android, or many more.


OCR- Scan to Read Programs (examples) Kurzweil 3000 -- www.kurzweiledu.com Wynn -- www.freedomscientific.com
Read and Write Gold -- www.texthelp.com
Scanning Pen --
Wizcom ReadingPen -- www.wizcomtech.com
Portable Picture to Text-to-Speech --
Intel Reader -- A device that will take a picture of the page, read it out loud, and allow it to be highlighted; can carry downloaded E-Text and mp3 files






Portable E-Reader Devices:

Kindle E-Reader -- text-to-speech for most books and all imported text from Bookshare; no highlighting. www.amazon.com

Classmate Reader by www.Humanware.com -- Reads and highlights; user can take notes and use dictionary.
iPhone or iPod Touch with system screen reader -- Smaller screen but very portable. www.apple.com 

iPad -- portable device by Apple the size of a book reader.  With the accessibility features and reading apps it’s becoming another great option for an E-Reader. www.apple.com


There are times when the book a reader wants is not available in e-text or audio format.  Options include OCR (optical character recognition) scan-to-read programs, scanning pens, and new photo-to-text devices such as the Intel Reader.

OCR/Scan-to-Read programs allow readers to place a book on a digital scanner or use a document camera to capture a picture of the page. Many of these software options include word prediction, note-taking, highlighting and more.

Scanning Pens are small handheld scanners that can scan a line of text like a highlighter and read it out loud or send it to a computer.  These can be convenient for reading unknown words but can be slow when reading pages of text, can be difficult to manipulate without practice, and sometimes have scanning errors.

 A new technology category is using a handheld device that can capture a picture of a page in a book and with a short time for processing and read it back to you on the go.  The Intel Reader, the KNFB Reader, and the iPhone/iPod Touch with apps are some of the current options, although the KNFB  and iPhone/iPod Touch screens are small.

What if the book I want is not available in E-Text 
or Audio Book?

OCR- Scan to Read Programs (examples)
Kurzweil 3000 -- www.kurzweiledu.com
Wynn -- www.freedomscientific.com
Read and Write Gold -- www.texthelp.com

Scanning Pen --
Wizcom ReadingPen -- www.wizcomtech.com

Portable picture to text-to-speech --
Intel Reader -- A new device that will take a picture of the page, read it out loud, and allow it to be highlighted; can carry downloaded E-Text and mp3’s

KNFB Reader -- a cellphone with the KNFB 
software on it to capture and read text.

iPhone and iPad scanning apps -- The iPhone and iPad now have apps that will take a picture of text and turn it into
readable text. Try AppWriter or Prizmo app or many more.


RESOURCES FOR CONVERTING EBOOKS TO READABLE FOMATS ON THE IPAD OR KINDLE- Will continue adding resources !

Software- 
Calibre- free

Bookshare.org-
http://www.bookshare.org/portal 

IPAD-
App to download Bookshare books straight to an IPAD!!!!

Read2Go 19.99 

Kindle-
http://www.teleread.com/drm/the-abcs-of-format-conversion-for-the-kindle-sony-and-nook-plus-some-calibre-tips/ 

























































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What if the book I want is not available in E-Text or Audio Book?