Text to Speech
Text-to-speech is a software typically for students with visual or learning impairments. This software can read the text of documents out loud. These programs can be very basic and just read the text out loud to the student or they can include additional features, such as links to definitions, highlighting progress on the page, or allowing for commenting and notes to be left on the document to be read aloud later. These programs are particularly useful for students with learning disabilities or dyslexia or even students with attention deficit disorders as they can both listen and read the text at the same time, which often helps to improve retention and comprehension of the content. CC-BY-SA AccessMOOC
Premier Assistive Technology is considered reading software (also called Literacy software) which offers a suite of products including text to speech. This software is particularly helpful for individuals with visual or learning disabilities. Premier software has screen reading functions as well as other features: for example, a talking dictionary, spellcheck, word prediction, notes area, talking calculators, text to audio, scanning options etc. Premier offers a toolbar, containing several tools that are used in a specific application. Students can select the tools and fine tune them to match their specific needs.
Read&Write is a suite of reading, writing, and study tools for PC and Mac. An institution can purchase a site license that allows it to be installed on any college computer and on students’ own devices.
Read&Write opens as a toolbar that hovers over everything else open on your computer or can be locked to the top or side of the screen.
The toolbar allows the user to access the 30 or so features of the suite. It can be customized to allow users to focus on the handful of features they find most helpful. These features includes the following apps: