Using Free Tools to Access Documents


Students with print disabilities can use a number of tools to access documents and to enhance their reading skills


Screen Readers
Screen Capture
Printing and Conversion Tools


Assistive Software- www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk/assistive.htm
Links to a number of products to make access to the computer and documents easier - toolbars for Word, Big cursors, screen overlays etc
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  • Screen readers & converting text to speech use these free tools to copy text and then have it read to user. FREE!!!

    • ReadPlease – www.readplease.com;
    • Natural Voice Reader for Windows – www.naturalreaders.com
    • WordTalk for all versions of MS Word www.wordtalk.org.uk/

    • VozMe insert tool into browser or add to web page vozme.com/ see example in the navigation bar
    • BrowseAloud www.browsealoud.com/ allows all browsealoud enabled web pages to be read
    • Web Anywhere webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/wa.php download and use this non-visual interface on any public computer
    • Low Browse Add on for Mozilla adds speech and flexibility for visual impairments. www.lighthouse.org/services-and-assistance/computers-and-technology/computer/lowbrowse/
    • Accessibar accessibar.mozdev.org/ Adds Special features to FireFox, including speech
    • FireVox firevox.clcworld.net/ Screenreader designed for Firefox
    • CLiCK Speak Bundle clickspeak.clcworld.net/ open source, freely available extension for the Firefox web browser
    • Spoken Text spokentext.net/ upload create audio recordings of ANY text documents
    • Speaktext www.speaktext.com/index.htm works with Vista, convert text to speech

More links for accessible books & text to speech tools located at the Web Toolbox Wiki



  • Screen Capture

provide students with detailed directions by capturing computer screens or demonstrating how to use particular web sites or software.
    • Jing www.jingproject.com Free download for Mac or Windows to create image or video screen capture.
    • Screencast www.screencast.com Free posting of Screen captures for Jing users.


  • Printing & Conversion

Download Adobe Reader : get.adobe.com/reader/