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Best Assistive Technology for Reading in the Classroom

This selection of top-rated tools opens up the wonderful world of reading, making text accessible to students of all abilities.

Bookshare Visit Website: https://www.bookshare.org/
Unique digital library gives access to those with print disabilities
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Read2Go Publisher: Benetech
Customizable reading tool offers access to texts in Bookshare
Grades K-12
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Scan and Read Pro Visit Website: http://www.readingmadeez.com/products/scanreadpro.html
Easily scan, read, and study texts regardless of reading level
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Universal Reader Plus Visit Website: http://www.readingmadeez.com
Text reader and summarizer with translation for eight languages
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
News-2-You Publisher: AssistiveWare
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
JAWS Visit Website: http://www.freedomscientific.com/products/fs/jaws-product-page.asp
Superb screen reader gives kids who are blind access to digital world
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price $895-$1095
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Natural Reader Visit Website: http://www.naturalreaders.com/
Natural text-to-speech tool helps kids with reading difficulties
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
VoiceOver Visit Website: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/osx/voiceover/
Excellent Macintosh computer access for students who are blind
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
BeeLine Reader Visit Website: beelinereader.com
Simple color-gradient tool for increased reading efficiency
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech Publisher: Voice Dream LLC
Versatile tool makes text accessible to kids with visual impairment
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated