WordTalk is a free plug-in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards), which may help people with reading and writing difficulties use Microsoft Word more effectively. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate. It sits in a user's toolbar and is configurable, allowing users to adjust the highlight colors, the voice and the rate of speed of the speech.
iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. iThoughts is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Mindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information.
Features of iThoughts:
Use these programs to support planning and organization. Kidspiration is the younger-child friendly version of Inspiration which is appropriate for intermediate grades through adults. Both programs provide graphical webbing and outlining tools with text-to-speech support for review of plans or outlines. Outlines can be exported in several forms for transcription.
Abilipad combines the functionality of a notepad with word prediction, text-to-speech and a customizable keyboard, putting advanced writing tools within everyone’s reach. The intuitive and user-friendly interface will have you taking notes, creating lesson plans, importing photos and designing customized keyboards in no time. An integrated filing system allows you to create folders to manage your notepads and keyboards.
Use this product to provide supports for planning and organizing, transcription, and editing and revising. This program provides a library of outlining templates with both procedural and content prompts which can be reviewed with speech output. Drafts can be auto-created from the outline. Transcription legibility, accuracy and word fluency are supported with dynamic word prediction and an expandable library of topical word lists with the option of viewing suggestions by part of speech. Editing is supported with a spell check tool and a homonym checking tool.
In addition to providing a number of reading comprehension, study tools, and text-to-digital conversion tools, this program supports writing through tools for transcription, editing and revising. Transcription is supported with a word prediction tool. Editing and revising are supported with a spell check tool and text-to-speech review of drafts. Word fluency is supported with an e-dictionary and thesaurus.
Kurzweil 3000™ is a comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners (ELL). Kurzweil 3000, is research based and enables struggling readers in grades 3 and above to learn from the same content as their peers as it provides access to virtually any text or curriculum, including print, electronic, and Web-based documents.
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its display encourages exploration and learning. Available both as a desktop version and a web version. Additional features of Visual Thesaurus include Spelling Bee and Vocab Grabber. Spelling Bee: User is challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to the user's individual skill level.
Read&Write is an award winning literacy software solution that makes learning accessible for all students, especially those with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. Read&Write's customizable toolbar integrates with mainstream applications for access to any curriculum or digital content with support features for reading, writing, research, and test taking.
EasyReader is designed for learners with dyslexia or related learning disabilities to allow them to hear text on screen read aloud. Browse for a new best seller or search for an old favorite. Follow along with perfectly synchronized text. Pick a color, change the text size, add a highlight or tweak the speed. Get your newspaper delivered directly. You can also copy and paste text from anywhere and EasyReader will read it, with voiceover.