Applications for Text to Speech

Text to Speech applications from Universal Design for Learning (CAST)
    Check out SpeakingFox-a Firefox Add-on that enables Firefox to read text outloud from the web.

TexEdit Plus    (MAC only  $15.00 Single User)

Tex-Edit Plus is a scriptable, styled text editor that fills the gap between Apple's bare-bones SimpleText and a full-featured word processor. It's fast, efficient, and has a clean, uncluttered interface. It's also great for cleaning up text which is transmitted over the Internet. Text to Speech has many options. FREE for all SBCSC teachers and students. Call 283-2015 to request having it put on your computers.

Microsoft Word

  • Word Speak (for Mac)

    • Word Speak allows you to have text in Word 2001 documents read aloud using Apple Text-To-Speech technology. With this tool, you can select a voice to use to read any selection from your Word document.

  • Speech Toolbar

    • Go to View--> Toolbars--> Speech   Highlight text in MS Word, and click the Speech button to have text read aloud.

ReadPlease (Windows)

ReadPlease 2003 (Free Edition) offers full support for all Microsoft voices, reads text via Windows clipboard from any program, Adjustable voice speed (rate)

BrowseAloud   (Windows and Mac)

Browsealoud will read websites out to you and highlight words as they are read out.

Says Me

Sayz Me is a free text-to-speech reader for Windows. Text is typed in or copied from the clipboard and then read aloud. Words are highlighted as they are spoken. Select voice, adjust reading speed, voice pitch, font, font size and color. Hides in the system tray. Very simple and easy to use. Freeware.

Read OutLoud

Read OutLoud is currently FREE to users of Assistive Technology in Indiana. Contact your school's DRM.

Websites with eText Resources

Project Gutenburg 

The Project Gutenberg philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search

The Internet Public Library

The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information.

The Children's Literature Web Guide 

"An attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young adults. Much of the information that you can find through these pages is provided by others: fans, schools, libraries, and commercial enterprises involved in the book world."

The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts

A collection of digital documents collected in the subject areas of English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy.


Bibliomania is the best loved literature portal on the internet. It has won numerous awards, including being voted one of the top 300 web sites in the World by Forbes magazine, and twice voted one of the UK's top 100 web sites. Bibliomania offers you a superb educational resource with the full text of classic world literature and important non-fiction texts supported by an extensive reference section. Our study guides provide the best in current academic analysis and the Well Red magazine the best in contemporary reviews, articles and interviews

Baen Free Library

Baen Books (Science fiction) is now making available - for free - a number of its titles in electronic format. We're calling it the Baen Free Library. Anyone who wishes can read these titles online - no conditions, no strings attached. (Later we may ask for an extremely simple, name & email only, registration. ) Or, if you prefer, you can download the books in one of several formats. Again, with no conditions or strings attached. (URLs to sites which offer the readers for these format are also listed.)

The Library of Congress 

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center 

The Electronic Text Center provides access to over 5,000 texts (1,200 of these are available for the Microsoft Reader format), including classic British and American fiction, children's literature, and books on American history.


  • Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
  • Bookshare dramatically increases the accessibility of books. Bookshare believes that people with disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy.
  • A searchable online library. Bookshare offers more than 42,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.

Electronic Text Collection

Links to many sites for downloading eText

Accessible Book Collection

TheThe Accessible Book Collection is a non-profit corporation. Our primary mission is to provide high interest/low reading level digital text to qualified persons with disabilities. Government and non-profit schools and others can subscribe to the very affordable Accessible Book Collection and have a large selection of e-books for all their eligible students for one low price.

The Online Books Page

The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.

Major parts of the site include:

Lil' Fingers

Lil' Fingers is a storybook site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks and coloring pages. Our FREE toddler stories, activities & holiday sections are designed with bright colors & big buttons for little fingers.

The Story Place  

Kids' Space  

Kid's section of the Internet Public LIbrary (see above)

NIMAS (National Instructional Media Accessibility Standards)

NIMAS refers to a collection of consistent and valid XML-based source
files created by K-12 curriculum publishers. From these well-structured
source files, accessible, student-ready alternate-format versions of
textbooks and core materials (e.g., Braille, e-text, Digital Talking Books,
etc.) can subsequently be created and distributed to qualified students with
disabilities. NIMAS files are NOT student-ready versions. IDEA 2004, P.L.
108-446, establishes the NIMAS as a national standard and requires states
and local districts to adopt the NIMAS for providing textbooks and
instructional materials to students who are blind or print-disabled.

Other Valuable Resources

UDL Bookbuilder Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

Digital Talking Books Resources

A digital Talking Book is envisioned to be, in its fullest implementation, a group of digitally encoded files containing an audio portion recorded in human speech; the full text of the work in electronic form, marked with tags of a descriptive mark-up language; and a linking file that synchronizes text and audio portions. In a digital talking book, a reader has a random access to book sections via a table of contents. The digitization of books intended for persons with disabilities provides opportunities to increase the quality and availability of information to print disabled persons.

IDEAL Website Training Modules

The Indiana Designs Equitable Access for Learning (IDEAL) a funded
project of the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Exceptional
Learner. The main focus is to create training modules directly related to the
fields of disabilities. These modules are built adhering to the simplest of
HTML/Web standards to help ensure accessibility and fast downloading
when possible.

Textbook Resource Files

Free Digital Content and Player Websites