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Cool Speech

Convert any digital text (online or files) into spoken text with a variety of voices and save as a WAV file. Supports students' engagement with text and boosts listening and reading comprehension.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
CLiCk, Speak

CLiCk, Speak is an open source, freely available extension for the Firefox web browser. It is part of the CLC-4-TTS Suite of products, it features a mouse driven interface, and it reads web pages - hence its name. CLiCk, Speak is designed for sighted users who want text-to-speech functionality. It doesn't identify elements or announce events - two features that are important for visually impaired users but unnecessary for sighted users. It also has a simplified, mouse driven interface that is designed to be easy for users familiar with point-and-click graphical user interfaces.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: major-other health impairment, specific learning disability
Operating Systems: Linux, Macintosh, Web-based, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
Draft:Builder

Use this program's structured format to design writing activities for students by guiding them through planning, organizing and preparing a first draft. Both graphic and outline formats assist in the writing process. Writing genre templates available.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

The Ultra Hal Text-to-Speech Reader application reads documents out loud, e-books, standard Windows dialog boxes, clipboard contents (for emails and web text), and incoming instant messages on AOL, AIM, ICQ and MSN Messenger clients. In addition to speaking text out loud, this program is able to write audio data directly to Windows WAV files. You can convert all your documents and e-books into WAV files and then burn them to audio CDs or convert them into MP3 files. Ultra Hal TTS Reader has several high quality voices to choose from and gives you control over speed, pitch, and volume.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

 
Web Reader  uses text to speech technology along with web page content recognition to read web pages to you. You can configure web pages to be read as soon as they are loaded, read pages manually after they are loaded, or use Cut, Copy, & Paste to read only sections of text.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: visual impairment
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone
English Language Arts:
Math
Read the Words

ReadTheWords.com is a free, web based service that assists people with written material using text-to-speech. Users can generate an audio file from almost any written material. Users have the option of writing a text, copying text from another file, uploading a file (MS Office, PDF, txt, and HTML documents), or indicating a website address or RSS feed URL.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Web-based
English Language Arts: Reading: Foundational Skills
Math
WordTalk

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.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Writing
Math
Abilipad

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.

Content Area: reading, writing
Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: iPad, iPhone
English Language Arts: Writing
Math

This versatile assistive technology DAISY-MP3 and NISO player lets you read and navigate through complex reading material, such as reference manuals and school books, as well as novels and magazines. You can also use its built in text to speech to read books in text format such as Bookshare. Includes an integrated microphone to record voice notes.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math
Read:OutLoud

Read:OutLoud 6 can help provide access to the new electronic books required in IDEA, and the included web browser makes the internet fully accessible. Read:OutLoud provides accessibility supports like text-to-speech and study tools that help you read with comprehension. Read:OutLoud 6 includes an improved accessible web browser that is now compatible on Mac and Windows. Includes support for NIMAS and DAISY files as well as one-click access to Bookshare.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, emotional disturbance, major-other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math

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