Assistive technology tools

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Accessible Texts

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    Free downloadable software to use in your browser, on a memory stick or in Windows. Use it to change font, font size or background colour. Read selected text out loud or look up words in the dictionary.

  • Link to Balabolka site


    Free downloadable text reader for PC.

  • Link to ClaroSpeak website


    Import or type text and hear it read out loud. Change voice, background colour, font and spacing (iOS - free).

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    Free text reader which will read and save to different formats.

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    My Study Bar

    A set of freeware apps to help with reading, writing, planning and organisation. Comes with tutorials and can be run from a flash drive. PC only.

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    Natural Reader Online

    Drag and drop or paste text into the box to hear it read out loud. Range of natural voices to choose from. Free version has basic features.

  • Link to ReadAloud app


    ReadAloud works with Windows 10 to read text out loud. Upload Word or PDF files or paste in text. You can customise voice, font and colours.

  • Link to Rewordify website


    Free online tool which simpifies English. Go to Settings to customise.

  • Image of Seeing AI logo and  the app on an iPhone

    Seeing AI

    Free iOS app for people with visual impairments which can capture and read text out loud. It can also recognise and describe people, currency, scenes and more.

  • Link to NaturalReader app in Google Play store

    Text to Speech - NaturalReader

    Text reading app for Android (free).

  • Link to How-To Geek article on text readers

    The Best Text to Speech (TTS) Software Programs and Online Tools

    How-To Geek's rundown of good text readers and apps (some free versions).

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    Free PDF annotator for multiple platforms and devices (including online). Add notes and comments to pdfs. Rotate, reorder and merge several PDFs together.