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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
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
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

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
Visual Thesaurus

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.

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

World's largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Collection has over 90,000 digital books including textbooks, children's books, literature, popular books, special collections, newspapers and magazines that can be easily downloaded in DAISY or BRF formats. Membership is free for U.S. students with qualified print disabilities, and members get free reading software for PC and Mac.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Macintosh, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math
Audible

Use Audible to find and download spoken audio books, information, educational programming, and other spoken media (radio, TV programs, magazines and newspapers). Audible audio files are compatible with many audio players, mobile phones and streaming media devices, files can also be downloaded using Windows PC or Macintosh computers, and burned to a CD. Using the Audible App allows the user to download, play and store multiple titles on their mobile device. Various subscription levels and pricing are available. 

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Web-based, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature, Speaking & Listening
Math

Use this comprehensive talking dictionary with any software program or website to immediately look up any word. Hear the word spoken aloud in a sentence as well for a better understanding of its meaning. Assists students with writing and reading.

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: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math

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