Software Collection

Ira David Socol

Teaching and Research Assistant, Michigan State University College of Education

socolira@msu.edu

http://speedchange.blogspot.com/

 

Free Literacy Software

 

Speech Enabled within Acrobat Reader

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader with Speech (v. 9.x or 8.x): http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Netbook (Adobe Reader for Project Gutenberg)

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=1328518

 

Microsoft Reader with RMR, Dictionaries, Text to Speech

 

Download the basic program - http://www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads/pc.aspx (desktop or laptop) - or - http://www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads/tablet.aspx (tablet PC)

Then download the Text-to-Speech (TTS) software - http://www.microsoft.com/reader/developers/downloads/tts.aspx

Then the Dictionaries (the Encarta if you want right-click word definition) - http://www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads/dictionaries.aspx -

Finally, right-now for Word2000 or Word2003 only, the "RMR" tool, which puts a toolbar icon in your Microsoft Word which allows instant conversion of any text into the E-book format - http://www.microsoft.com/reader/developers/downloads/rmr.aspx - Microsoft folks assure me that a Word2007 version is on the way.

Natural Reader Free Version

 

http://www.naturalreaders.com/ (install Free Version Only)

When using Natural Reader you do not have to cut and paste information into a box to be read. You simply select the text you want to hear and use the floating “MiniBoard” to start the reading program.

 

Read Please Free

 

http://www.readplease.com/english/downloads/#rp2003

Requires you to cut and paste text into a window for reading.

 


Firefox 3 with CLiCk-Speak, and translation, and dictionary

 

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ (Install Firefox Browser)

Click speak is a text reader embedded in the Firefox web browser.

http://clickspeak.clcworld.net/downloads.html (Install CLiCk, Speak)

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/918/ (Install gTranslate)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4037 (Dictionary Lookup Extension)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3414 (Dictionary Switcher)

at least 75 language dictionaries can be added to Firefox and controlled with the Dictionary Switcher which allows “flag click” switching

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4870 (Google Map Locator)

http://www.awesomehighlighter.com/ (Awesome Highlighter)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4242 (Accessibar)

 

Alternative Speaking Browser

 

Opera Browser with speech  (must be enabled through download in tools menu)

http://www.opera.com/

 

Word Talk

 

http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/

Free text-to-speech plugin that works with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 and up). It speaks and highlights the text of the document when it is used. It also contains a talking dictionary to help determine which word spelling is most appropriate. New version allows text to be converted to speech and saved as an MP3 for portability.

 

DSpeech

 

http://www.oatsoft.org/Software/dspeech

Free Text-To-Speech and Speech Recognition

 

PowerTalk

 

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/powertalk/PowerTalk-1.2.11.exe?download

Reader for PowerPoint presentations

 

Amis - Free Daisy Reader for Windows

 

http://amis.sourceforge.net/

install directions see

http://www.daisy.org/projects/save-as-daisy-microsoft/

 


Talking Calculator

 

http://www.myzips.com/software/Talking-Calculator.phtml

 

Graphing Calculator

 

http://www.graphcalc.com/

 

 

Free USB Flash Drive based Accessibility Suites

 

Access Apps, LearnApps, and TeachApps are freeware suites developed by RSC Scotland to support learners with a variety of differences, and those who teach them. These suites download to your computer and are then installed on any 2gb or larger flash drive. Plug into any PC and access is there.

http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/eduapps/accessapps.php

 

Free Writing Supports

 

Click-N-Type – the on-screen, programmable keyboard

 

http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/

basic program http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/CNTzip.exe

word prediction list http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/Words.exe

typing sounds keyboard preference http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/Screen-Shot-17.jpg

Speech package American English Male http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/Speech.exe

Speech package American English Female http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/Alternate-Speech.exe

KeyCaps Internal Files http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/Internal-Keycaps.zip

British English Speech Packs http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/lpacks.htm#LP-British

Language Packs http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/lpacks.htm install both Spanish, Portuguese, French (traditional, Canadian), Algerian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese with speech supports and multi-language administrator http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/LC-Config-setup.exe

 

Ghotit

 

http://www.ghotit.com/home.shtml

Add-On Microsoft Word context-based spellcheck for dyslexia and English Language Learners (Free to Schools). Also available as a free Website to check spelling

 

DKey

 

http://www.oatsoft.org/Software/dkey/

Phone-based on-screen keypad for text-entry with disambiguating predictive spelling

 

Tapir

 

http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/tapir/

Phone-based on-screen keypad for text-entry with disambiguating predictive spelling

 

 

 

Paid Literacy Software Applications

 

WYNN

 

http://www.freedomscientific.com/LSG/products/WYNN.asp

Full-featured Literacy Support System (Read/Write/Web) with dual-level text highlighting, advanced voices, study supports, scanning, and “exact view”

 

Read-and-Write-Gold

 

http://www.texthelp.com/

Full-featured Literacy Support System (Read/Write/Web) which operates within other desktop programs.

 

 

 

On-Line Bookmarks

 

Free Text-To-MP3 Conversion

YakItToMe http://www.yakitome.com/

VozMe http://vozme.com/

 

Free Digital Libraries

Gutenberg  http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Gutenberg Australia http://gutenberg.net.au/

UVA http://etext.virginia.edu/ebooks/ 

Accessible Book Collection (requires free educational registration)  
http://www.accessiblebookcollection.org/

Fordham http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/Sbook.html

Online Books at the University of Pennsylvania  http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/

LibriVox (AudioBooks) - http://librivox.org/

Free Classic Audio Books - http://freeclassicaudiobooks.com/

Literature Network - http://www.online-literature.com/

Bookshare (Free to Schools for Students with Print Disabilities) - http://www.bookshare.org/

 

Writing

Ghotit - http://www.ghotit.com/home.shtml

Webspiration - http://mywebspiration.com/

 

 

Phone-based Reading Supports

 

Dial2Do

Dial2Do allows non-readers to send text messages. For free. Sign up at http://www.dial2do.com/ and then call their number and speak your text and tell them where to send it. An essential employment tool for those who struggle with print, also for anyone who drives.

AbbyMe

AbbyMe is the reverse of Dial2Do, it allows "you" (or a boss) to text a voice message to a non-reader. For free. Sign up, or just use the service, at http://www.abbyme.com/  You type the message, AbbyMe calls the person and speaks it.

Click-N-Type

 

TopOCR

 

TopOCR - http://freeware4review.blogspot.com/2008/03/convert-your-mobile-phone-or-digital.html - can be added to SmartPhones to allow the phones to function as mobile text-to-speech scanners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

copyleft through Creative Commons by Ira David Socol 2009 http://creativecommons.org/

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