Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Readplease

Fun little tool. A blessing for dylexics, I'd imagine. It's free, too. We've got the technology, one day we'll allow kids to use it. Just click on the title to download it.

Why couldn't a person scan their homework reading, convert it to PDF document, use a PDF to text converter, and then plug it in to Readplease to listen to it? I'm not sure about the PDF to text converter, but PDF creator and Readplease are free.

I remember a kid in college who Joel and I befriended for a bit. He used to wear a suit to classes because he didn't take his chance for granted. He was looking to get his degree in art. He talked about the painful, laborious process reading was, but how he did it anyhow to get his degree. I so looked up to him...a degree in ART! But I think he felt "less than" because he couldn't do what everyone else did so easily.

The advances made to help people get around their "handicaps" are a saving grace.

3 comments:

Kristina Chew said...

Thanks for the link----and the story about the student in the suit.

Vidya Ganesh said...

True.

Technology definitely has the greatest potential to help individuals with special needs.

Thanks for sharing that link.

Sarin Samuel said...

The current best text to speech software is Text Speaker. It has customizable pronunciation, reads anything on your screen, and it even has talking reminders. It is great for learning languages as it highlights the words as they are being read. The bundled voices are well priced and sound very human. Voices are available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and more. Easily converts blogs, email, e-books, and more to MP3 or for listening instantly.

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