Student communicating with female staff member through assistive technology
A male student communicating via sign language to a female staff member
Dog guiding a visually impaired student

Universal Tools for All Learners

Open Source Tools


  • Natural Reader (PDF) (text to speech)
  • Central Access Reader (text to speech and will read mathml, mouse access only)
  • ZabaWare (text to speech)
  • AMIS (works with screen reading software, also reads epub files with text to speech)
  • Window Eyes (screen reading software)
  • NVDA (screen reading software)
  • Adobe Read Aloud (text to speech within Adobe Reader)
  • Read OutLoud Bookshare (text to speech for Bookshare books)
  • MathPlayer (Text to speech reads mathml, Requires addition of MathType on the computer)
  • Voice Recognition in Windows
  • Voice Recognition in iOS
  • Ginger (requires Internet) Grammar Checking, Word Prediction and Text to speech
  • Virtual Magnifier (Screen Enlargement)

Operating Systems