Special Education Tools
LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD. These are all books from the public domain.
Virtual Magnifying Glass is a free, open source, cross-platform screen magnification tool. It is simple, customizable, and easy-to-use.
Speak for Yourself is an innovative augmentative communications system. 54 buttons can be assigned any icon in our library, and any phrase you would like.
SpokenText lets you easily convert text into speech. Record (English, French, Spanish or German) PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, and web pages, and convert them to speech automatically.
IAM Instant Messenger (pronounced “I Am") is an instant messenger program designed specifically for those with sight impairments and that cannot use a keyboard to type sentences. Inspired by a young girl named Cass, IAM connects to the popular Microsoft Instant Messenger Network and allows instant communication with anyone using Microsoft Instant Messenger.
Orca is a free, open source, flexible, and extensible screen reader that provides access to the graphical desktop via user-customizable combinations of speech and/or braille.
FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. Create beautiful concepts map as quick as a wink.
NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. This software can enable blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person.
Emacspeak is a speech interface that allows visually impaired users to interact independently and efficiently with the computer. Audio formatting --a technique pioneered by AsTeR-- and full support for W3C's Aural CSS (ACSS) allows Emacspeak to produce rich aural presentations of electronic information.
Natural Reader is a text-to-speech program. Make sure you look for the free version on the website!