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Assistive Technology

Accessibility makes doing work or everyday tasks easier for everyone.

Text-to-speech

Text-to-speech is a type of assistive technology that converts text into speech.

Phone/Tablet
  • Built into Android is an option called Select to Speak. Once enabled, all you have to do is tap on the information you want to hear spoken.
  • If you have a phone running Android, you can ask the Google Assistant to Read it Aloud. There are a few limitations, such as it cannot read articles that require a subscription.
  • For iPhones, you can turn on Speak Selection under the Accessibility tab in the settings.
Web-based
  • Read Aloud is a Chrome extension that is fairly easy to use. You can highlight the text and then press the Read Aloud icon to activate the speech.
  • You can drag and drop files or type, paste and edit text in the online version of Natural Reader.
Desktop
  • You can have your Mac read text to you
  • Natural Reader reads any recognizable text on the screen and is available for Mac or Windows. The free version is limited, but still pretty good.
  • Balabolka is a document reader that also converts to MP3. It is free for Windows users.
ePub Readers
  • You can install Thorium Reader on a Windows computer.
  • Calibre can both read ePub files as well as convert them to PDFs.

Word Prediction

Screen Readers

A screen reader is a form of assistive technology that converts text and image content into speech.

Screen Readers for Windows

Screen Readers for Macs

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Voice-to-text

  • If you have a Windows computer, you can use Speech Recognition.
  • If you have a Mac computer, you can use Voice Control. It’s main function is to allow you to control your computer with your voice, but it can type as well.

Other

There are also native accessibility tools available in both Windows and Apple products.