Add audio to Powerpoint - To record your own sound clip (you must have a microphone attached to your computer) and add it to the slide, on the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sound, and then click Record Sound. Word Auto Summary Tool
Word Talk is a free text to speech plugin for Microsoft Word. Word Talk highlights text as it is narrated for you. An audio dictionary is also included in Word Talk.
SmartArt (Word 2007 & 2010) Visual organizers help students to study and organize information for writing. Word 2007 contains basic organizers for creating list through more complex Venn Diagrams click here for a handout on instructions.
PowerTalk Automatic speech for PowerPoint presentations. PowerTalk is a free program that automatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.
Video tutorial Text to Speech on a Mac: Go to Preferences; select speech; check speak selected text and choose a key to activate it. You can also select a voice.
Speech option to hear any eBook read aloud. In addition, you can create eBooks from any MS Word file by installing the Add-in feature; an icon on the Word toolbar will provide the means to do this. Using this feature, you can locate any e-text file (e.g. from Project Gutenberg website), copy/paste/save it as a MS Word file. Click the new toolbar button and the file is converted into the eBook format for Microsoft Reader; it is added to its library.
Microsoft Reader (2.0) is a free e-book reader that will read any available e-book on your Windows computer and Pocket PC. After the Reader is installed, add the Text-to-Speech option to hear any eBook read aloud. In addition, you can create eBooks from any MS Word file by installing the Add-in feature; an icon on the Word toolbar will provide the means to do this. Using this feature, you can locate any e-text file (e.g. from Project Gutenberg website), copy/paste/save it as a MS Word file. Click the new toolbar button and the file is converted into the eBook format for Microsoft Reader; it is added to its library.
Wordit A free Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft WordIt will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter.
WordTalk a free plug-in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards), which can help people with reading difficulties use Microsoft Word more effectively.
PowerTalkautomatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.
You just download and install PowerTalk..
Ease of Access Centerprovides a convenient, centralized place to locate accessibility settings and programs to make your computer easier to use. The Ease of Access Center can be found in the Control Panel by selecting Windows logo key+U and also when logging into Windows.
Windows Speech RecognitionWindows Speech Recognition in Windows Vista empowers users to interact with their computers by voice. It was designed for people who want to significantly limit their use of the mouse and keyboard while maintaining or increasing their overall productivity. You can dictate documents and emails in mainstream applications, use voice commands to start and switch between applications, control the operating system, and even fill out forms on the Web. tutorial
Immersive Reader is a free tool available from Microsoft. As I wrote earlier this week, Immersive Reader will read aloud the articles that students have in their OneNote notebooks. Immersive Reader does more than just read articles aloud. It will identify to students the nouns, verbs, and adjectives within an article. Students can also choose to have every syllable of word identified for them. Video tutorial(Richard Byrne)
Broadcast WebsiteBroadcast allows you to broadcast audio to websites, social networks, desktops apps and mobile devices via a Flash Player. Features include scheduled events, live DJ mixing, interactive messaging and more. Works with Chrome and Firefox.
Midomi: A search engine that is based on sound rather than text. It can be a more intuitive way to find things if you respond better to sounds.
CLiCk,SpeakText-to-speech for websites open in Firefox Three-button toolbar Works especially well in Firefox on Windows [As of March 2011, works only Version 3.6.15 or earlier. Older versions of Firefox can be downloaded HERE.]
Fire Vox (Firefox Add-on) Fire Vox, which, along with CLiCk Speak and CLC STAR, is developed by Charles Chen, is an open source, freely available talking browser extension for the Firefox web browser. Think of it as a screen reader that is designed especially for Firefox. In addition to the basic features that are expected of screen readers, such as being able to identify headings, links, images, etc. and providing navigational assistance=
Speaking Fox Text-to-speech for websites open in Firefox Works only in Firefox on Mac OSX
Theme Font & Size ChangerFirefox add-on that changes font and adjusts font size of theme options, eg. address bar or menus Access from 'Tools' menu, or install button on toobar
SpeakIt!Google Chrome extension. Text-to-speech for reading web content in Google Chrome. Select text, click icon, listen
MicNote is a free Chrome and Android app that allows you to create voice recordings, text notes, and image-based notes on one concise notebook page. The notes that you record with your voice can be time-stamped by clicking on your Mic Note note page while you’re recording. You can also take notes without recording any audio. All notes support inclusion of images and links. The best part of Mic Note is that you can sync all of your notes to your Google Drive or Dropbox account. Watch the video below to see how you can create notes in MicNote. video tutorial
Read&Write is a Chrome extension that provides scaffolds and supports for struggling readers. Step 1: Go to the Chrome Store and install it on your Chrome browser. free premium for educators for students still works after trial period Step 2: As you travel the Internet, create a Google Doc, or read a PDF, an icon will appear on your address bar. This icon lets you know that Read&Write can be enabled. Select the icon and you will see a variety of tools to help your struggling readers. Play and listening to entire document (highlighted sections of the text) being read to me by a non-electronic sounding voice. Read&Write is a powerful accessibility tool for all student to gain confidence with not only reading, but writing as well. Here are some of it's awesome features :
See the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries
Hear text translated into other languages
Get suggestions while you are typing for words to type
Highlight text in documents or webpages to use in other documents later.
Simplify and summarize text on web pages
Voice Recognition (former Dictation) is one of the most popular speech recognition apps in the Chrome store. The app, which works right from your Chrome browser, makes use of Google’s integrated API speech’ software to transcribe your voice into textual words. You can use it to type long documents, emails and essays without touching the keyboard.’
Dictanote Speech Recognizerapp available for free through the Chrome Web Store. To use the Dictanote Speech Recognizer just install it from the Chrome Web Store, launch it, then click the microphone to start taking and recording your voice. The Speech Recognizer will type out your text when you finish recording. You can then copy and paste your text to the paragraph box below the Speech Recognizer or to a document you have open in Google Docs.
Dictation.io Chrome browser only On Dictation.io you can simply click "start dictation" then start having your voice transcribed into a text document. No registration is required in order to use Dictation.io. More than two dozen languages are support on Dictation.io. The video
Mic Noteis a free Chrome and Android app that allows you to create voice recordings, text notes, and image-based notes on one concise notebook page. The notes that you record with your voice can be time-stamped by clicking on your Mic Note note page while you're recording. You can also take notes without recording any audio. All notes support inclusion of images and links. The best part of Mic Note is that you can sync all of your notes to your Google Drive or Dropbox account. Watch the video
Voice SearchUse speech-to-text for Internet searches. Click icon, speak search term. Works with multiple search engines
8 Chrome assistive tech tools
Readability ReduxRemove clutter from websites (ads and distracting graphics. Set margins, select style and adjust font size. Can be activated by keyboard shortcut set by user
ChromeVisMagnify and change the color of any text selected. Use mouse or keyboard to move selection Click HERE for ChromeVis manual
Voice RecognizerGoogle Chrome App Speech to text application that works whether user is online or offline
Announcify Chrome and Android options: Announcify is a browser extension for those times when you'd rather just listen. All you have to do is browse to any article and click the Announcify button. Announcify still shows you the text it's reading to you in a more readable format. It also blurs out everything but the paragraph it's reading to make it much easier to follow along. You can set the voice that reads the text, its speed, and its pitch so you can hear the articles the way you want.
Select and Speak is a simple text to speech Chrome browser extension. Select and Speak installs with just one click and does not require a browser re-start. Once Select and Speak is installed just highlight any text on a webpage, click the Select and Speak icon in your browser, and listen to the reading of the text.
Read & Write is a free Google Chrome Web App that increases the accessibility of the text of documents in your Google Drive account. After installing the app you will see a Read & Write tab appear at the top of your browser window whenever you have a document open in Google Drive. Clicking that Read & Write tab will open a menu of accessibility options. Some of the accessibility options include a picture dictionary and a talking dictionary. To use either dictionary just highlight a word then click on the dictionary that you want to use. The dictionary that you select will pop-up in your document. Read & Write will also read the text of your documents aloud. In the settings menu you can select from nine voices and three playback speeds.
Google Voice - Speech-to-Text Click here if you want to see ALL of the options available from Docs Support.
Tools that Compensate for Handwriting Issues Consider using these tools to bypass output issues, for example, as an alternative way to record homework assignments, and get ideas recorded or as an alternative to paper-based posters.
Dial2Do - lets you do common tasks by just calling a number and speaking. Use it to send EMAIL or TEXT messages, record REMINDERS to help you remember things. . It's easy and handsfree. Watch the video here.
Vocaroo - very easy to use online audio recording service; can email, download or post the recording to the internet.
Dictanote provides you with a rich text editor where you can instantly speak or type in your notes and format them the way you want. It provides almost all the editing features you would normally find in most popular text editors. It also supports a wide variety of languages. You simply select the language of your choice and start voice recording or typing your notes. To save and share your notes you will have to be registered. You can copy and use your notes in an email or a word document. You can also share them through a generated link. Dictanote does provide a pro account with more advanced features for $9,99 a year.
Voxopop- create message boards that use recorded audio, not text
Tools to simplify articles on the Web and save paper
Print What You Like is a simple web tool that lets users select just a portion of a website. This is particularly useful for printing articles from websites or blogs that do not have a "printer friendly" option.
PrintFriendly strips away all of the ads and side bar content allowing you to print only the article on the page. There are two ways to use PrintFriendly. You can copy and paste an article's url into the PrintFriendly homepage or use the PrintFriendly bookmarklet. I tried it both ways and much prefer using the bookmarklet as it doesn't require any toggling between browser tabs or windows. Video
Printliminator is a handy little bookmarklet for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Printliminator allows you to highlight a webpage and select only the elements which you wish to print. You can install Printliminator in seconds by just clicking and dragging it into your browser's toolbar. video
Print Edit is a Firefox add-on that allows you to edit the content of a webpage in your "print preview" screen. With Print Edit installed once you enter the print preview screen you can highlight and delete sections of a webpage before you print them
Accessibility for Mobiles These are all free (or cheap) and provide both effective Text-To-Speech (thus access to content) and those with Word-by-Word highlighting help build sight-word recognition. One of the best uses of text to speech is to support writing with "read back" editing.
available for the iPad 1 and 2. The Big Grips Frame helps keep the
iPad from slipping out. It is made out of foam, which protects against
accidental drops. It also has a stand that can be purchased separately. The
case is $39.95. Purchasing the case and stand together is $49.95.
your child keep hitting the home button when working on an app? Bupcap
will prevent this with 3 different types of caps from regular to
maximum protection. These covers fit over the home button. The cost ranges from $5.00 to $6.99.
Keyguard- Bumpers to prevent the student from accidental activation of a key. This is especially great for apps such as Proloquo2go. The guard is $19.95.
Mouthstick Stylus $40.00
Stylus a solution for quadriplegics, people with ALS, MS or other
disabilities where they cannot use their hands. It has a default stick
size, which can be altered when ordering. It has two working solutions: A
fully conductive mouthstick with a Stylus Sock on the tip or a
separate Stylus Sock that you can wrap around your own mouthstick plus a
slice of the same conductive fabric that connects the sock to the iPad
iPad Steady Stylus
$40.00 This T-shaped stylus has a wooden handle with a grip made from
transparent rubber wrapped around a wooden stick. The pointer is made
from aluminum with a conductive fabric sock plug as the tip. Especially
good for people with limited strength in their hands.
Stylus R Us has a wide variety of telescoping styli ranging in price. The average price is around $40.00.
_Talking calculator tool for
students with learning disabilities! Students with learning disabilities
often need more modes addressed - seeing and hearing is a great start
and that's just what the talking calculator does. Best of all it's
free! Download it to your computer
Power ReaderA dyslexic text reader/learning tool, a
graphical, interactive text reader integrated with computer
text-to-speech whose level of focus, complexity, and detail is
adjustable according to the user's needs.
_eStoryMakerA simple means for assembling text, picture and sound files into an e-story that supports multiple access means.
Create & Convert: a free and easy way to make accessible text. It brings together in one neat package a range of open source
programs that can quickly and capably translate electronic documents
into an accessible alternative format, such as audio or a talking book. Create & Convert works with any document that is
editable form such as Microsoft word. It is a free download and works
from both a portable usb key or can be downloaded to a desktop.
Check it out: http://eduapps.org/?page_id=10
pVoice an application for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).Disabled people who cannot speak and have very little possiblities to operate a computer can use pVoice by selecting photo's or symbols to generate speech output. _
Dasher a zooming interface. You point where you want to go, and the display zooms in wherever you point. The world into which you are zooming is painted with letters, so that any point you zoom in on corresponds to a piece of text. The more you zoom in, the longer the piece of text you have written. _
_Large PointersExtensive set of cursors to meet wide range of needs Windows only
WWAAC Web BrowserThis is a talking, keyboard, switch and mouse pointer
accessible web browser with page summarising tools. It has a highly
configerable user interface
_ Mouse Tools and Alternatives
1. DwellClick (from
Sensory) provides dwell selection for those who may have trouble clicking mouse
buttons. You just hover the cursor over a clickable target for a user
configurable amount of time and DwellClick sends the desired mouse event to the
target. It supports left, right, double
clicks and dragging operations. It also has a 'sleep' mode that temporarily
turns off clicking so you don't have to be vigilant. You resume dwell clicking
by just hovering over a small green button. You can adjust the target size,
dwell time and dwell tool bar all with dwell clicking. Requires VB runtime dll.
Quirky under Vistahttp://www.sensorysoftware.com/dwellclicker.html Camera Mouse Instructions
This is undoubtedly the most full featured dwell selection program. As a result
it takes the longest to learn all its features including Shift-clicks, Control-clicks
various repeating click modes and more. You can build your own mouse function
toolbar that has as many, or as few tools as you want. The dwell user can have
complete control over all features. A great freeware program that woks well
3.ClickAid – ClickAid, by the same authors of Point-N-Click, is a
virtual mouse aid designed for anyone who has difficulty switching between
mouse buttons or double clicking on a physical computer mouse. It can increase
the functionality of a program like CameraMouse which has an dwell click
feature, but no accommodation for right-click, double-click, shift-click etc...
yet another dwell clicker that is nice and small. It has all the basic
functions: click, double-click, right-click, and it has suspend clicking mode.
No setup complications. The website that has Mouseketeer has many other
assistive technology utilities including many supports for low vision users
including various cursor sets, cursor enhancers and a really huge mouse cursor.http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk/assistive.htm
5. mmFollow quite simply adds a cartoon character to the mouse cursor. It ensures rapid location of the pointer, and obviously adds a little fun to using the computer. In use, the application adds an icon to the Windows Taskbar area. By right clicking on this icon, you can vary the character Scroll down site to locate. Scroll down site to locate.
6. Bigger Cursors A selection of bigger cursors for anyone who finds the existing cursors too small. Simply download the zip file and extract into the Windows/Cursors folder and you are ready to go. Scroll down site to locate.
7. Chunky Cursors A selection of chunky cursors for anyone who finds the existing cursors too small. Simply download the zip file and extract into the Windows/Cursors folder and you are ready to go. Scroll down site to locate.
Web Cam Mousing
Enable Viacam -
This program, like CameraMouse, uses a web cam to track the user’s head
movements and convert them to mouse cursor movement. Unlike CameraMouse, Enable
Viacam identifies and tracks facial orientation. There is no single point to
click on for tracking. But, there is a button to click once the user has aimed
the camera or positioned themselves into to the web cams view field. It also comes with an easy to use dwell
click feature. http://eviacam.sourceforge.net/eviacam.php
Camera Mouse Website Camera Mouse enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head. Camera mouse will be of use to those who do not have reliable control of a hand but who can move their head.
are really only a few worthwhile free onscreen keyboards. The best have
features that may include resizable layout, switch accessibility, word
completion, customizable layouts, program launching, macro capability, and
other system interaction functions.
Osk.exe keyboard, the one that comes free with XP and Vista (and works
with Win2K), but it is not resizable. It actually supports switch access, but
it is hard to imagine that that would be too useful without a more global switch
accessibility strategy like what is potentially possible with SAW. It is also included with the PortableApps
onscreen keyboard distribution. It is typically found in: C:\WINDOWS\system32\osk.exe and can be copied for
3. Big Screen KeysMac 10.2.x - 10.6.xBig Screen Keys is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed to help individuals who find using a keyboard difficult or impossible. By clicking the on-screen keyboard keys, Big Screen Keys will type to the active window. Big Screen Keys can also be resized to quickly adjust to the user’s needs.
4. Click-N-Type Accessible onscreen keyboard, with word prediction Windows only
_MyStudyBarToolbar with set of applications to support reading, writing, planning and vision. Install on computer, or run from USB drive Click HERE for demonstration of using MyStudyBar with Windows 7 Speech Recognition Video tutorials HERE for tools on MyStudyBar Windows only Click HERE for more information
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