Disability Services

Assistive Technologies

Text-to-Speech options:

  • Balabolka - onscreen text may be saved in several audio files with customizable voice options.
  • SpokenText - available as Chrome or Firefox add-on which, when registered on your Willamette account, will become available to use on any computer you use. This program works with English, Spanish, German and French.
  • Adobe reader - reads and interacts with PDFs. You can alter settings so you activate both highlighting features as well as the built-in text-to-speech capabilities. This guide from PCC highlights Adobe Reader's accessibility features.
  • Natural Reader - reads from PDFs, Microsoft programs, emails, webpages etc. Natural Reader also has an optimal character recognition (OCR) program which, when used with a scanner, can convert printed characters into digital text.

Additional Software:

  • Evernote allows you to access notes and documents anywhere. Search and organize your electronic documents or upload handwritten notes. A helpful tutorial can be found here.
  • MathPlayer offers text-to-speech technology for mathematical notations.
  • GeoGebra provides a comprehensive platform for interacting with advanced scientific and mathematical material.
  • OpenDyslexic is a free open source typeface designed to increase readability for students with dyslexia. 

Free Alternatives to Print Text: 

Technology Support:

  • WITS
  • ATI is a non-profit organization which provides accessible and cost-effective assistive technology evaluations, technology training and ergonomic risk assessment. 

For further information contact:

Disability Services
Bishop Wellness Center

(503) 370-6471 voice

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