Thanks for the interest, I know its difficult covering all the requirements,
and that some requests make an already difficult job somewhat impossible. I
really am grateful for the help I receive from yourself and colleagues in
high schools. I'm not at all technically minded so need all the help I can
get. The web sites I mentioned all relate to screen readers.
All the following could be useful in enabling greater independence to a
number of students. Students are often able to navigate the web quite easily
but are unable to read some of the more complex texts.
Being able to access any text can have wider implications; documents staff
have created in Word can be read by Read Please or Natural Reader, students
would then be able to access worksheets etc without needing to rely on an
I also mentioned the Deaf/Blind website which includes a free to download
talking word processor and EdwEB a talking web browser. Bangor is developing
a speech engine for Welsh, i have seen/heard it demonstrated using the above
software and it had a few glitches but at least there is progress.
Read Please Free is a a piece of software which lets you paste text from
anywhere into its own window. Then you can select from a number of voices
and more importantly enlarge the text. Read Please is therefore really
useful for those pupils and adults who need text enlarged ad spoken. http://www.readplease.com/
Browsealoud free user reads some web sites. Once downloaded it places an
icon on the taskbar enabling a shortcut to setup options. If a web site is
Browsealoud enabled the the pointer will have a the Browsealoud blue circle
attached to it. To read a page simply point at the text. http://www.browsealoud.com/
Natural Reader is the latest product, this is a screen reader and will read
text from any source. http://www.naturalreaders.com/download.htm
Basically all the above enable greater independence, moving away from the
LSA at the hip model.