Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (AT) RESOURCES
WEB RESOURCES - Text-to-Speech (Converts Electronic documents to Audio) - Free Trial Resources
- TextAloud 3
Text-to-speech software program that will convert text from Microsoft Word documents, emails, web pages and PDF files to natural sounding speech. A 30-day trial is available.
Software reads online web pages aloud.
Text-to-speech program designed for MS Windows platform. A 14-day trial period is available.
Converter that will make text documents into WAV or MP3 files, which allows you to listen to the file on normal stereo or other personal audio devices. A 14-day trial is available.
- Reading Bar 2
Software performs a number of functions: reads web pages aloud, highlights words in Internet Explorer, creates MP3 or WAV files from web pages, magnifies pages, text pictures and scrollbars, and has text-to-speech capabilities. A 30 day trial is available.
- Scan and Read Pro
Converts printed text into audio (through the use of a scanner).
Converts electronic documents to audio files for use on computer or personal listening device.
- Talking Calculator
Full functioning calculator for basic math to be used on the computer with or without screen reader. Features large buttons with contrasting colors.
- Premier IE Toolbar
Features for Internet navigation include: a talking pointer, full dictionary, text reader, text-to-mp3 file creation utility, zoom in and zoom out and many others.
- Ultimate Talking Dictionary
Read-aloud dictionary with 250,000 words, terms, jargon and proper nouns, along with a built-in thesaurus. Its "interlink" technology provides cross-reference capacity.
- E-Text Reader IGT
Reading tool which can be used to open and read existing documents. Features: vocal selector, reader speed options, insert notes into what you are reading. Its document reading capabilities include standard text, Microsoft word, Rich Text Format and HTML formats.
- PDF Equalizer
PDF file reader with the capacity to read charts and diagram data without a conversion or import process.
- Universal Reader Plus
Read-aloud utility that works with a majority of applications. Easy to use, with language model information, summarization technology, and multi-lingual translation technology.
- Talking Checkbook
People with low vision can use this software to manage a bank account. The talking checkbook reads the account balances, takes you one-by-one through your transactions, and can create a bank report that can be opened in Microsoft Word.
- What is Assistive Technology?
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Plan for Assistive Technology (download, Word-213KB)
- Assistive Technology Resource Centers
- Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
- REEP—Recycled Equipment Exchange Project
- TDDP—Telecommunication Device Distribution Program
- Assistive Technology Device Demonstration
- Funding for Assistive Technology
- Related Websites
Voice: 800-204-PIAT (7428), in state
TTY: 866-268-0579, in state
Institute on Disabilities
1601 N. Broad Street
University Services Bldg., Suite 610
Philadelphia, PA 19122