Electronic Reader in Word (Text to Speech)
The 'Speak' feature in Word 2016 makes reading word documents more accessible. It is ideal for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language is not English. This video will show you how to activate the free 'Speak' feature in Microsoft Word 2016.Microsoft Word is free to current WIT students and staff. If you would like to install Microsoft Office 365 please click here and follow the instructions online.
Electronic Reader in Adobe DC (Text to Speech )
Adobe® Reader® DC is free software with a Read Out Loud function that uses the text-to-speech voices on your computer to read PDF files out loud.Making reading PDF documents more accessible. It is ideal for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language is not English. This video will show you how to activate the Read out Loud feature in reader in Adobe. (To install the latest version you can click here Adobe® Reader®)
Voice Typing (Speech to Text)
You can type and edit by speaking into Google Docs. This feature is ideal for students with dyslexia and or a physical disability where typing might be difficult.
This feature is free, it is available in Google Chrome. You must ensure that your microphone is working and turned on. Devices and microphones vary, so check your computer manual for instructions. Microphone settings are typically in the System Preferences on a Mac, or the Control Panel on a PC. You will also need a gmail account and access to the internet.
Read & Write Software is installed on PCs in the Luke Wadding Library and the IT Labs accross the campus.
Read & Write software makes reading documents more accessible. It is great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language is not English. From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read & Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.
Ginger Software is great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Thanks to the electronic reader, the online grammar checker, punctuation, spell checker and rephraser tools which can automatically detect and correct misused words and grammar mistakes. Ginger is available to all students and can be downloaded for free from http://www.gingersoftware.com/ however this free version has limited functionality. Students that have been recommended 'Ginger' at their Needs Assessment will have access to the Ginger Premium Edition, where they can enjoy unlimited functionality of the software. The Assistive Technologist will set the student up with Ginger Premium Edition of the software.
The Echo Livescribe allows students to capture words, diagrams, scribbles, symbols and audio - syncing audio recordings to the written notes in the special dot paper. Students may have difficulty writing notes and listening to the lecturer at the same time. The Livescribe Echo smart pen can record everything the student hears and writes so that they never miss a word.
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C-Pen (Reader Pen)
The C-Pen Reader is perfect for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. The C-Pen reads aloud printed text from books, manuals or handouts. The C-Pen Reader features a high quality naturally speaking voice. The C-Pen makes reading content more accessible to all. It increase reading speed and fluency and enhances comprehension. The C-Pen Reader also contains high quality electronic dictionaries. The C-Pen Reader is small, portable, and light making it easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 speech recognition software lets you accomplish more on your computer — quickly and accurately — using your voice. Dragon Premium turns spoken words into text and executes voice commands much faster than you can type so you can realise your productivity potential at work, school or home.
Opti Verso 2 is a portable video magnifier with distance viewing capabilities. The Opti Verso 2 device will help students who require distance and close-up viewing. The flexible camera flips up to look at presentations and flips back again for close up reading and writing. This lightweight video magnification aid is a great solution for students that need to move to different rooms in the college.
Onyx Portable HD
The ONYX Portable HD is a lightweight, portable video magnifier for reading, writing, and viewing magnified images at any distance at home, in school, or at the office. The 3-in-1 flexible camera provides document reading, distance viewing, and self-viewing modes. Auto-focus makes items clear, whether under the camera or in the distance. This lightweight HD video magnification aid is a great solution for students that need to move to different rooms in the college.
The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. NVDA allow this because they believe everyone, especially the world’s poorest blind people deserve access to computers and a way out of poverty. NVDA rely on donations and grants to continue improving NVDA and to ensure it remains compatible with the world’s rapidly changing technology.If you would like to download NVDA you can by clicking here. To download it free you must select the 'skip donation this time' button
JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications.
For some students in College, a hearing aid is just not enough. They can miss out on what the lecturer is saying or what their class mates are saying. The Comfort Contego wireless Audio device can help a student with a hearing loss join in all situations involving lecturers and students.
This exciting and easy to use wireless teacher microphone is the core component of the Roger Touchscreen for Education portfolio and gives students and teachers alike the opportunity to master various modern classroom activities with ease
Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of the Assistive Technology available in WIT but it gives you an indication of the range of devices and software already available to our students.