Digital text, Text-to-speech & Audio Text
Bookshare is a free resource for individuals with print disabilities. It offers the largest on-line library of digital text-to-speech enabled books including text books. Individuals who are blind or have low-vision, individuals with physical impairments and individuals with a reading disability and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 are eligible for membership. This can be an essential resource for access in the k-12 classroom and the provision of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM).
(Oregon) Talking Books and Braille Library
Oregon's Talking Books and Braille Library is a free resource for individuals with print disabilities. It offers books for both children and adults that are read by a human (natural voice rather than text-to-speech). Although they do not offer text books, many fiction and non-fiction offerings may support academic content and reading for fun. Literature is often accessed or enjoyed better when read by the author of the book or an actor. Individuals who are blind or have low-vision, individuals with physical impairments and individuals with a reading disability and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and a doctor's note are eligible. Books can be downloaded and accessed on a variety of devices or via an Audio Book Player and Tapes loaned and mailed to the eligible individual's home.
Reading Ally is a not-for-profit organization that provides over 80,000 digital books that are read by a natural voice (versus text-to-speech). Individuals ($119/year) and schools can can join Reading Ally. Only individuals with print disabilities can access Nimas files (books).
Download digital books that read by a human (versus text-to-speech). Books are purchased through Amazon.com membership and available on: iOS, Mac, PC, Kindle, Google Play.
Provides over 50,000 e-books and is adding new titles everyday. Many books are read by a human (versus being text-to-speech enabled). These books are free to everyone.
Offers free access to e-books on many platforms (iOS, Mac, PC, Kindle, Google, etc.). Does require the individual to sigh up for a free account.
Built-in Text-to-Speech (TTS)
Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program that is free to download on a PC, only. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PRC, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.
Tumble Books offers interactive digital books for kids of all ages for a fee. They do offer a free trial period.
SOLO by Don Johnston
SOLO is a literacy suite that includes a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word processor, and word prediction. It is compatible with Mac and PC.
Free text-to-speech reader for Mac and PC.
Local Reading Resources
National Reading Resources
Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) 5th Edition - by Chapter
Optical Character Recognition:
OCR is a technology that enables you to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files or worksheets or images captured by a digital camera and OCR software into editable and searchable data.
OCR, Scanning and Speech in one APP.
OCR, Scanning and Speech in one APP.
- iOS Prizmo App ($9.99)
Web Based Dictionary/Thesaurus:
Word Processor/Spell Check Mac/Win/iOS
- iOS APP (iTouch, iPad, iPhone): Co-Writer
- Built-in feature for texting (on most devices)
Also, see Assistive Technology for Writing
Reading Comprehension Strategies, Games & Apps:
Reading Comprehension Games: