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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
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
Stages

Stages is a seven-level developmental framework that describes a learner's cognitive and language abilities. Stages helps schools comply with alternate assessment mandates by providing an accessible way to assess learners with special needs. Stages also serves as a selection guide for curriculum activities (including both software and off-computer activities). The sequence of seven Stages is based on the work of Madalaine Pugliese, a nationally recognized authority in the fields of assistive and instructional technologies.

Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Reading: Foundational Skills
Math

The ReadingPen®2 is designed specifically to help readers improve their reading skills. This fully portable scanning device helps with reading fluency and comprehension by providing immediate definitions for scanned text. Scanned text and definitions can be read aloud, allowing readers to maintain their reading flow, even when encountering unfamiliar words.

Content Area: reading
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
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math
Microsoft Reader

Use this free reader to create a library of e-books to provide reading supports through spoken text as well as a variety of other study features (annotations, highlighting, dictionary, bookmarks). Can convert any digital text or students' Word documents into an e-book. Cover images can also be added.

Content Area: reading
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: Web-based, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Reading: Foundational Skills
Math
Books On Tape

Use audio books (delivered on cassette, CDs or audio download) to engage readers in popular and classic literature and texts and improve listening and reading comprehension. This website is a division of Random House.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: birth to preschool, 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
English Language Arts: Reading: Foundational Skills
Math

The pen is a pocket scanner with text-to-speech for reading single words and lines of text aloud. Embedded dictionary and thesaurus can be turned on or off (for testing mode). Weighs 3 ounces.

Content Area: reading
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
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math