Adaptive Technology for Learning Disabilities
Technology, especially computer assisted technology, has greatly enhanced the quality of life for many people with disabilities.
As this technology becomes more powerful and affordable, it is enabling many students with learning disabilities to become better and more efficient learners. It has allowed these learners to express themselves as they could not before.
Dragon Naturally Speaking, Preferred
Voice to text software for dictating into your computer and having the speech recognized and converted to text; works in most Windows programs. http://www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/.
Reads scanned or electronic text aloud using very human sounding speech. Words are highlighted as they are spoken, and there are a variety of learning tools included. Can also be used to create MP3 files from notes or textbooks and create or edit documents. Also contains ESL software. http://www.kurzweiledu.com
textHELP Read & Write
This software will read out loud as you type, read text that you highlight and can also read text on the internet. Very powerful program that also contains a talking calculator, talking spellcheck and homophone support.
Natural Reader. Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or Ipod.
An excellent “Mind mapping” tool, for organizing your ideas and creating visual layouts of essays, plans or tasks. A free trial version is available from their site.
These products are used for entering text into your computer. They often include a feature to read out loud the text which is scanned. Very useful when studying, to create study notes from a textbook.
Adaptive Technology Online Tutorials
Dragon Naturally Speaking: