It would help if you would give a list of "The Basics" or things that you have already come across. The list of Assistive Technologies is extremely long. Before I begin generating my list (and crash this computer... LOL), I'd like to have a starting point.
While you are on this discussion...I have a couple of students that can't read. Since I teach Educational Technology, I am looking for a (free?) tool that will read web-pages aloud. I tried turning on the Microsoft "Ease of Access" narrator, but it seems to only read the name of the site, and any images I mouse over - not the full text. Not sure what I am doing wrong or if there is a setting I've missed or I just need an additional program. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Little Falls, NJ
I am not sure of any free tools, but I do know about the reading pen, although it may be a little expensive. Let me know if you come across any free tools, I am hoping just to learn about some new devices that have come out in the past year. Sorry I am not much help.
Not sure if this is for Mac only,or includes Windows, but I think Safari can read webpages to you. When in Safari, highlight any portion of text, go to the Safari menu and select Services –> Speech –> Start Speaking Text.
There are an almost n infinite number of FREE TTS software applications. Ones that I have used are ReadPlease, Natural Reader, and Voxx. In addition, the following links are "portals" for TTS software. They list multiple types/versions of the TTS applications. Good luck with your search!! I hope that you find a program that you like.