Reading & Literacy Support

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology software programs are available for anyone to use. The following programs, software, website, and apps focus on different forms of Reading and Literacy Support.

Reading & Literacy Support:

Natural Reader

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  • Text-to-Speech software which converts Microsoft Word, Webpages, PDFs, and Email into spoken text
  • Customize reading voice and speed for your readings
  • Floating toolbar to read text in other applications
  • Online Text-to-Speech program with options to input text from various sources on your computer
  • More Information: http://www.naturalreaders.com/
Cost: Free Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS

 

Readability

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  • Turns any webpage into a clean reading page
  • Eliminates distractions and other visual clutter
  • Read your articles now or save them for future reading
  • Adjust text size and line length for easier reading
  • Safari internet browser has built in feature that does similar features
  • More Information: https://www.readability.com/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Online Resource; Android; iOS: iPad, iPhone

 

Balabolka

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  • Text-to-Speech program using the voices installed on your computer
  • Save online text as mP3, mP4, WAV, OGG or WMA file for portable or later listening
  • Reads documents from the clipboard or file types such as DOC, EPUB, HTML, PDF, RTF, and more
  • Customize the background color, font size, and reading options including pitch and rate
  • More Information: http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Windows

 

Ivona MiniReader

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  • Use the Ivona Text-to-Speech Reader to read documents or webpages
  • Using the either the Full or Mini toolbar interface, click the play button to have webpages, emails, documents, and online news sources read out loud
  • More Information: http://www.ivona.com/us/mini-reader/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Windows

 

iReadWrite

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  • Many of the popular features of Read & Write Gold available in an app
  • Text-to-Speech, Word Prediction, Phonetic Spell Checker, Homophone and Confusable Word Checker, Dictionaries, and Customizable Voices, Fonts, Background, and Text Colors
  • No Wi-Fi or 3G access needed to run app
  • Ability to Import, Share, or Print Documents
  • More Information: http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/ireadwrite
Cost: $19.99
Compatibility: iPad

 

VoiceDream Reader

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  • Text-to-speech app to read books with the ability to customize your screen for preferred reading options
  • Read by listening to the text, visually or both at the same time
  • Supports PDF, Word Docs, EPUB, DAISY, eBooks, Web pages and more with the ability to integrate your Bookshare books or books in Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Gutenberg and more
  • Includes multiple language options along with various fonts, including Open Dyslexic font, and voices, including the option to purchase additional voices
  • Highlight information in the reading and export it to other programs and apps
  • More Information: http://www.voicedream.com
Cost: $9.99; VoiceDream Reader Lite – Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

 

ABBYY Text Grabber + Translator

ABBYY Text Grabber + Translator
  • Using the camera of your device, capture text and translate it using OCR
  • Easily extract text from books, magazines, newspapers, ads, etc.
  • Use VoiceOver (iPad only) to listen to your document in a text-to-speech format
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source
  • More Information: http://www.abbyy.com/textgrabber_ios/
Cost: $5.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, Android

 

Capti Narrator

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  • Convert documents and webpages into text-to-speech
  • Upload documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, Clipboard, Instapaper, or Web Browser
  • Listen to document immediately or save it to your playlist for future listening
  • Adjust speech rate along with the choice of built in voices; additional voices for purchase
  • More Information: https://www.captivoice.com/capti-site/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod; Window and Mac – Coming Soon

 

Prizmo

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  • Take a picture and have immediate conversion into text with this OCR program for text-to-speech
  • Ability to change the voice and interactive reading display with words highlighted as they are read
  • 10 different languages built in with over 30 addition for download
  • Ability to edit the OCR results to correct spelling errors or reorder text 
  • More Information: http://www.creaceed.com/prizmo/about
Cost: $9.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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  • Free PDF reader if PDF documents are readable PDFs
  • Listen to readings instead of reading them yourself
  • Tagged PDFs are read in order in structure tree, untagged are read in logical inferred reading order
  • Tagged PDFs will read alternative text descriptions
  • More Information: http://help.adobe.com/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS

 

Bookshare

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  • Largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities
  • Accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazine are available
  • Individuals with Print Disabilities can sign up for a membership
  • Books available for download can be read on DAISY players, with Screen Readers, Refreshable Braille Displays, and other Assistive Technology Programs 
  • More Information: https://www.bookshare.org/
Cost: Free with Print Disability
Compatibility: Online Resource

 

Go Read

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  • Download and listen to your Bookshare books on your Android device
  • Read DAISY and EPUB books with voice navigated and text-to-speech
  • Connects directly to online libraries, and Bookshare for quick download
  • Optimized for visually-impaired readers but usable for anyone
  • More Information: http://goread.org/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Android phones and tablets

 

Read2Go

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  • Browse over 190,000 books for have access all of your Bookshare books on your mobile device
  • Easy use app to read text or turn on the text-to-speech mode
  • Control the text layout of the page for easier visual reading including font size, color, background and reading options such as reading speed, and voice options
  • Connect via Bluetooth to a braille display to read in Braille 
  • More Information: http://read2go.org/
Cost: $19.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

 

NaviDys

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  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Adjust the font to one of 10 available fonts including Dyslexie font
  • Adjust font size, letter spacing and line spacing of the webpage you’re reading
  • More Information: http://michaeldardol.com/navidys/
Cost: $2.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad

 

ER Browser

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  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Choose your font from options such as OpenDyslexic
  • Customize the background color of the webpage to decrease visual stress and improve reading ability
  • Adjust font size and letter spacing
  • Bookmark your favorite websites or search your stored history
  • More Information: http://erbrowser.com/
Cost: $0.99
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone

 

Yuzu (formerly Nook Study)

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  • Read your textbooks on the go – anywhere
  • Annotate your readings with highlights, sticky notes, and flags in your textbooks
  • Filter your notes and highlights onto one screen
  • More Information: https://www.yuzu.com/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iPad, Web App

 

Evernote Clearly

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  • Use this tool to create distraction-free reading by removing visual clutter from web pages
  • Use the pre-created themes or create your own with color, font and text size
  • Save your readings to Everyone for later reading or archiving
  • More Information: https://evernote.com/clearly/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera

 

SoundGecko

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  • Read the web, PDFs, and emails with your ears
  • Put a web address and email into the website, and get an audio version of it sent directly to you
  • Listen to your websites on the go using their mobile apps
  • Choose your text-to-speech voices
  • More Information: http://soundgecko.com/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Online Resource, iOS: iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

 

Fokus

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  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • More Information: https://chrome.google.com or https://addons.mozilla.org/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On

 

CamScanner

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  • Use your camera phone to scan documents, notes, whiteboards, business cards or any other document
  • Use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to convert images to readable text
  • Add annotations to your scanned documents
  • Sync documents across devices
  • More Information: https://www.camscanner.net/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Windows Phone 8

 

TalkingBrowser

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  • Browse the web while this app reads entire articles or select portions out loud to you using text-to-speech
  • Select one of five voices for text-to-speech with the additional options of adjustable sound pitch, variance and speed
  • Ability to zoom in, zoom out, or auto zoom the page for easier visual reading
  • More Information: http://www.talking-browser.com/
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android

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