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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
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
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
Learning Ally

Students with a documented print disability can become members and access this national library of more than 40,000 audio textbooks for early elementary grades through college, graduate studies, and post graduate and career development. Users can listen to digital files on CD's (DAISY format). Supports reading.

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: visual impairment
Operating Systems: iPad, Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts: Language, Reading: Foundational Skills, Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature
Math
NFB Newsline

NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audio newspaper service providing access for print-disabled individuals to newspapers, magazines and television listings from all over the country.Subscribers can access NEWSLINE from any touch tone phone, online, via email, or by download to a digital talking-book player or MP3 device. NEWSLINE currently features over 300 newspapers and many magazines including: * New York Times * USA Today * Christian Science Monitor * Wall Street Journal * TIME for Kids * Rolling Stone * The New Yorker * The Economist * Smithsonian

Content Area: reading
Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: major-other health impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment
Operating Systems: iPhone
English Language Arts:
Math
Math Player

Math Player is a free download that enables Internet Explorer and other screen readers to read mathematical equations and notations.

Content Area: math
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:
Math Counting & Cardinality, Expressions & Equations, Functions, Geometry, Measurement & Data, Number & Operations in Base Ten, Number & Operations – Fractions, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Statistics & Probability, The Number System
QuickTrac

QuickTac provides a fast and simple way to create tactile graphics that can be inserted into your Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) document, printed or embossed for use by blind, low vision and other special educational uses. The program permits an unlimited number of images to be produced and no further programs or updates need to be purchased.

Grade Level: early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition
IDEA Disability Category: deaf-blindness, visual impairment
Operating Systems: Windows (MS 98 and newer)
English Language Arts:
Math