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FREE Tools, Tips & Tricks (AT)

The following FREE or low cost Resources are provided in order to assist you as an immediate or interim solution while waiting for funding approval for assistive technologies.

Read the site information to check if it is compatible with your computer and something you are willing to undertake before downloading and installing any trial software. If you need assistance on how to use any of these programs please consult their sites, documentation, and you may contact ASD’s Assistive Technologist.

Reading Tools

Hearing course material read aloud and visual cues for what is read can really assist reading fluency and comprehension. A variety of Reading Software Tools such as Text to Speech, Screen Readers, Text to MP3 converting, magnifying and altering the document layout for distraction free viewing can aid comprehension. You will also find a list of sources to electronic and audio books.

Accessible Web Browsers

Thinking of Going with a Mac?

There are a variety of Assistive Technologies and Tools built into the Apple operating system and many of their products whether it be an iPod, iPhone, iPad or Apple computer. Here are some resrouces to help you decided if a mac is right for you.

If you have any questions or want to disucuss these items place contact ASD's Assistive Technologist.

Updated April 30 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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