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    Assistive Software: Co:Writer SOLO

    Co:Writer is word prediction software, it recognises and predicts words based on phonetic spellings. Co:Writer is for students who struggle with translating thoughts into writing. Students can effectively express ideas in writing, improve spelling and create coherent sentences.

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    Assistive Software: Dragon Naturally Speaking

    Nuance is a supplier of Dragon Naturally Speaking.  Dragon is the leading voice recognition/dictation software. Specialised versions are available that will recognise legal terminology and medical terminology. Student discounts are available for some versions.

    The product “Dragon Anywhere” is a smartphone app version of the product designed for dictating notes and thoughts so providing a mobile means of voice dictation.

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    Assistive Software: Ghotit - writing and reading assistant

    Ghotit was founded by people with dyslexia. Ghotit’s mission is to improve the overall quality of life of a person with dyslexia. Ghotit is not a treatment for dyslexia. It’s a set of services that assists adults and kids to overcome their writing and reading difficulties by helping to convert their poorly spelled written limitations to mainstream English. The software includes advanced writing and reading assistive technologies tailor-made for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia:

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    Assistive Software: Metroplex's MathTalk or Scientific Notebook

    MathTalk allows the user to voice any math from pre-algebra, algebra, trig, calculus, statistics, thru Ph.D. and graduate level. This includes voicing graphs. Metroplex's MathTalk TM or Scientific Notebook TM may be helpful if the student is able to use Voice Recognition such as  Dragon Naturally Speaking.

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    Assistive Software: Mouse emulation software

    Mouse emulation software allows the user to move the mouse around the computer screen by means of keystroke commands amd might also assist users with fine motor movement issues.

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    Assistive Software: NaturalReader

    A free version of this software can be downloaded that performs basic text-to-speech. It does text-to-speech using the sythetic voices already installed on your computer. The paid version of the product offers additional features such as the ability to create audio files.

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    Assistive Software: Read & Write

    TextHelp's Read&Write is an easy-to-use toolbar containing support tools to make reading, writing and research easier for you. The software was designed to address some of the issues that people with dyslexia face daily, namely reading difficulties, writing difficulties, problems with spelling and general literacy support. Read&Write is also a popular solution for exam access arrangements, as it can be used as a computer reader.

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    Assistive Software: TextAloud 4

    This software performs text-to-speech without the literacy assistance or OCR functions. It’s a good affordable option that meets the needs to many students who just require simple text-to-speech. When using this product text from the original document is imported into a “clipboard” from where the software reads the text.

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    Assistive Software: WYNN (Literacy Software Solution)

    WYNN is the innovative literacy software tool designed to enhance success for individuals with reading challenges and writing difficulties. By using the software’s bi-modal approach — simultaneous highlighting of the text as it is spoken — WYNN can transform printed text into understandable information that benefits readers of all ages.

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    Assistive Technolgy: KNFB Reader

    The KNFB Reader is a print to speech application that runs on iOS or Android mobile device. The app enables the camera to take pictures of printed material, rapidly convert the images into text, and read the text aloud using high quality text-to-speech, TTS. Recognized text may also be read using a connected Braille display.  On iOS, the KNFB Reader app will function with all Braille displays supported by VoiceOver on iOS.