Text to Speech Tools for Students with Special Needs

21 01 2009

ICT can help meet many of the needs of learners with special needs. ICT can help our students accessing their course content by reading text to speech, increases their independence, ameliorates visual discomfort or stress, offers alternative forms of recording written information and helps them improving and practising Literacy skills.

With appropriate programs and ICT tools special needs pupils gain confidence, work independently, demonstrate what they know and can do, overcome frustration and raise self esteem and also become less tired.

Here’s a list of some good tools and tips to reduce learners visual stress:


ClaroRead is a powerful multi-sensory software solution for supportung computer users who struggle with reading and writing due to dyslexia or othe conditions. This software provides a high quality text to speech tool that is extremely easy to use.

Our learners can start writing and reading independently with the support of this software’s tools. By making the computer speak any text with a human voice, text documents can be proofed read out loud as well as web pages, emails and any other text.

There is a portable version of Clarosoftware on a USB memory stick, it speaks back text as it is typed, includes voices of over 25 languages, provides a single Check Button that combines a homophone dictionary, thesaurus, reference dictionary and spellchecker, making the checking of text and documents easier and more comprehensive.

Thunder on iBBC Player

Thunder on iBBC Player

Thunder is another screenreader talking software for people with little or no sight. Just go to www.screenreader.net and download the software for FREE! Watch Thunder users on iBBC player. 


Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments. Browsealoud is another piece of software that reads webpages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online.

Hope these tools are useful for everyone!




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