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Academic Support: Text-to-Speech and Proofing Tools

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Supported Software

Listed below are the most common Assistive Technologies that we recommend for students:

Read&Write Gold

Read back software

Read&Write is the main literacy support tool available from the Disability Service. It is designed to assist users of all ages and ability who require extra assistance when reading, composing, or proofing written text. Read&Write is used to produce accurate assignments, for study and research support, and on-the-go, independent learning. It is ideal for assisting with Dyslexia, reading difficulties, writing difficulties, and problems with spelling.

Main Features:

  • Helps computer users with reading and writing difficulties
  • Reads text aloud to help construct words and sentences
  • Advanced spell checking
  • Word prediction
  • Scanning tool converts printed text to Microsoft Word or mp3 format

How to use it on-campus:

Read&Write is installed on all Trinity computers and computer rooms across campus - for information on computer rooms, view this link.

30day trial:

Texthelp is also free to download fro a 30 day trial period from this link (Choose the get product link).

Online Help and Training:

You can also check our Texthelps Read&Write website which has freetraining material to help you get the best out of the Read&Write software. Click this link to find out more .

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C-Pen

Read back software

The C-Pen technology is an easy and convenient tool to capture printed information (text, numbers, codes, etc), decode it and transfer it to computers and smartphones. With C-Pen, as opposed to flat bed document scanners, the text or numbers of interest are selected and easily extracted and then made available for further processing (translation, text-to-speech, general data entry, etc.) instantly and without any further manual interaction.

You can highlight any text and the C-Pen digital highlighter will instantly transfer the text to any computer or smartphone. No more yellow highlighters and no more typing!

The included C-Pen software comes with a full text-to-speech app that allows you to listen to anything you highlight.


For more information click on this link .

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This easy-to-use scanner allows you to store images of your chosen printed text in .PDF format on a USB key. The Zeta scanner gives brilliant colour rendering and allows you to adjust glare so that you scan documents and pages at high speed.

Location : Free to use in the ATIC area of the Ussher library.


For more information on the Zeta scanner click on this link .

Free Downloads and Resources

There are some excellent, free Assistive Technology sources available online. Below are some of the available resources:

Ginger Software

Ginger is a free spelling and grammar proofreading software - http://www.gingersoftware.com/download/

Online Help and Training:

Our Ginger Software online training page can help you get the best out of this technology, click on this link .

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Balabolka

Balabolka is a free text-to-speech programme that allows you to read and proof a whole text or its selected parts. One great feature of Balabolka is that you are able to format the text, swap numbers with words, find homographs (words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, like bow and bow), and even set the programme to read foreign words in another voice.

Online Help and Training:

Our Balbooka software online training page can help you get the best out of this technology, click on this link .

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Re-Wordify.com

Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online reading comprehension and vocabulary software. In other words, Rewordify.com simplifies difficult English. Students can enter difficult sentences (or whole chapters), into the yellow box at the top of the web page, click Rewordify Text and you will instantly see an easier version of the sentence or page. As the reworded words are highlighted, you can click them to hear and learn the original word, thereby building your vocabulary.

Download : http://rewordify.com/


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RoboBraille is an e-mail support that can convert digital text documents into Braille or audio files. RoboBraille is quick and easy to use. You simply send an e-mail with an attached text document to RoboBraille. Shortly after, you will receive the document back from RoboBraille in the format you have specified.

To use RoboBraile, click on this link .

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Citethisforme.com can automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles at the click of a button. For more information, click this link .

 

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Apps

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Extract text from PDF, ePub, Word, and Text files in Dropbox, Google Drive or on your device and listen to them on the go. Dyslexia friendly font, Focused Reading Mode to help with focusing attention, large font size, and full VoiceOver support.

For more information, click this link .

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This app is designed to make reading easier and ensures accurate writing as you use your iPad for school, work, or leisure. The app is available to purchase.

For more information, click this link .


 

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http://media.148apps.com/icons/36850418/36850418_180.jpgAzzapt

Azzapt is designed to transfer files between devices (PC or mobile), whilst simultaneously converting documents to the accessible format of your choice. Azzapt is the ideal support for those who have difficulties reading due to Dyslexia, visual impairment, or a physical difficulty. It is also great for those wanting easier access to text on mobile devices.

For more information, click this link .

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https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/9e/be/9a/9ebe9a845fe8c3e638388580b8536e8e.jpgPrizmo

Prizmo is a universal photo-based scanner app that allows you to scan and recognize text documents, business cards, and images, and then export them as PDF/Text, card, or JPEG/PNG. Prizmo relies on state-of-the-art technologies, like a highly accurate OCR, real-time page detection, and beautiful image cleanup.

For more information, click on this link .

Office Lens

Office Lens uses the camera on your phone to scan documents and allows you to save to your cloud storage accounts, e.g. Evernote, or share via e-mail. Great for snapping important notes from the library.

For more information, click on this link .


 

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ModMath is an adaptive program that improves mathematics skills. The app lets you type maths problems right onto the touch screen of an iPad, rather than write them out long-hand. You can then solve the problems using the touch pad and print or e-mail the assignments without ever picking up a pen!

For more information, click on this link .

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RefME is an ingenious referencing app that allows you to collect all your references in one easy place. Just use your camera to snap a barcode on any book and RefME will find the referencing information and put it into your preferred citation style (e.g. Harvard Style). RefMe can also collect references from websites. 

For more information, click on this link .

NCBI Bookshare Library

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As of December 2017, the NCBI Library has access to over 600,000 titles in alternative formats. The NCBI Library has joined Bookshare and The ABC Consortium, both international organisations and consortiums paving the way for access to international academic and leisure reading titles.

Bookshare based in the USA, offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. Books can be listened to in high quality text to speech. A physical Braille, or large print copy can be produced from a digital file, and texts can be read directly from an internet browser. All titles can be read on a suite of different devices including computers, tablets, smartphones and assistive technology devices. All Books that are available to the NCBI Library through Bookshare are copyright cleared and the Library would have access to approximately 340,000 accessible digital titles immediately. Bookshare in the USA is used mainly by students with sightloss and Libraries to access educational reading material.

To access the bookshare site

  • The NCBI Library needs the student to sign up to the NCBI library by requesting a application form. The application form will register the vision impaired or dyslexic student with the NCBI Bookshare Library service. A signature from the Disability Office, Librarian or medical person is needed on this form to state that this person cannot read print. Once the form is received by the NCBI Library, a log in and password is issued to the student. The NCI contact for mis located at - http://www.ncbi.ie/general-enquiry/
  • The student can send their reading list by email to my address. We will search Bookshare and place the book(s) in the students “Reading List” in Bookshare. When the student Logs into their account, their reading list books should be available in the format of their choice ( BRF, pdf, DAISY, MP3, Word, etc…) to download.

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