Incorporating blind, dyslexic, and learning-disabled students into mainstream classroom activities is getting easier, thanks to a new generation of affordable, high-tech tools that convert electronic text to audio. The software allows students to hear the contents of electronic documents spoken aloud instead of having to read them from a computer screen.

Screen-reading software is nothing new. Products such as Freedom Scientific's JAWS and GW Micro's Window-Eyes have been around for some time. The problem for educators has been that neither of these options was designed with the needs of studentsor the budgets of schoolsin


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