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Word Blog - Make talking books within Word: Save as DAISY for Office 2010

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Voice Dream: Text To Speech App

Voice Dream: Text To Speech App | Assistive Technology | Scoop.it

The Best Text To Speech Reader App for iPhone and iPad, Easy to

Read text from PDF, ePub, Word, and Text files in Dropbox, Google Drive or on your device. Read books from Bookshare and Gutenburg! Text to speech with highlighting, choose colors and backgrounds,increase font size, many fonts available including the Dyslexie Font. Many child and adult voices to choose from, you can even add notes, highlights, bookmarks, or edit text.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:21 AM

This is still the best app I recommend often for text to speech for Bookshare books, scanned documents/ handouts/ worksheets, newspapers and articles from the web, and more. Excellent features for assistance with reading!

Diana Petschauer's comment, June 5, 2013 9:04 AM
Voice Dream Reader version 2.8 is out! It's a big release with many new features like Pronunciation Dictionary and Configurable Navigation which are more advanced than any text-to-speech reader in the market.

You can see the full description of all the new features in the blog post:

http://voicedream.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aa9e87703f66ce1d03f1ee787&id=13c428fb16&e=ead9097fea
StudentSupport@EdinburghCollege's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:07 AM

Voice Dream is an accessibility application that can be used to convert text to speech. Compatible with iPad and iPhone, Voice Dream also offer a free, trial version of the software featuring all the functionality of the full-version. Use the software for reading text documents, lecture notes, proofreading essays or coursework, or for accessing resources.  

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Empower Students in the Classroom with Reading Tools and Accessible Books! | Bookshare Blog

Empower Students in the Classroom with Reading Tools and Accessible Books! | Bookshare Blog | Assistive Technology | Scoop.it

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Co:Writer App for IOS- WOW! | Assistive Technology

I guess patience is a real virtue especially when it comes to developing apps for Apple's IOS devices. In the case of the Co:Writer App for IOS from Don Johnston, Inc, the wait was certainly worth it.

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Assistive Technology Blog: The Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor on the New iPhone 5s Has Major Accessibility Implications

Assistive Technology Blog: The Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor on the New iPhone 5s Has Major Accessibility Implications | Assistive Technology | Scoop.it
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Good implications for a variety of people with disabilities.

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Accessibility in Microsoft Office 2010

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Find out about accessibility in Microsoft Office 2010 including Accessibility Checker, Backstage view, ribbon access by the keyboard, and more.
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WordTalk

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WordTalk - A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.
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iPads bring students with disabilities new ways to participate, excel in education

iPads bring students with disabilities new ways to participate, excel in education | Assistive Technology | Scoop.it
Using an iPad, blind students can now translate written words to verbal with one touch; students with dyslexia or other

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Valerie Chernek's curator insight, August 16, 2013 2:52 PM

Using the Read2Go app on an iPad is the perfect portable reading solution for students with print disabilities who need digital accessible books. Check out the Bookshare online library at www.bookshare.org.

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How Technology Is Being Used In Special Ed - Edudemic

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There are some big innovations happening in education. Doubly so for special ed and the new role technology is playing.
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Overview of Accessibility Features in iOS 7

Update: My good friend and fellow ADE Daniela Rubio has created a similar post for our Spanish speaking friends on her Macneticos blog. The long wait is over. It's finally here: iOS 7, the latest a...
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How to Prepare for Web Accessibility Before the Government Forces Your Hand

How to Prepare for Web Accessibility Before the Government Forces Your Hand | Assistive Technology | Scoop.it

The Department of Justice has been delaying Web accessibility updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for years, but 2013 may be when it finally happens. If your business already follows existing accessibility guidelines, little will change. If you don't, this article sorts out what you will likely have to do.

 


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Chuck Hitchcock's curator insight, September 13, 2013 10:11 AM

As publishers and developers improve the accessibility of digital learning materials, we will also want to make certain that their public websites are fully accessible as well.

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Classroom technology must be accessible to those with disabilities - The Boston Globe

Classroom technology must be accessible to those with disabilities - The Boston Globe | Assistive Technology | Scoop.it

Even as new technology-rich environments revolutionize the classroom, few make provision for people who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print-disabled. , Outrage would be justifiably rampant.

 

The National Federation of the Blind and the Association of American Publishers have drafted a bill called the Technology Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act; it would inform manufacturers of the minimum level of accessibility needed for digital platforms, clarify for schools what to seek in their materials, and relieve students of the burden of ensuring access to their own educational content. The US Access Board, which created the Americans with Disabilities Act building guidelines, would create standards for digital educational materials.


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