[Athen] Assistive technology plug-ins for Microsoft Word?

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Wed Aug 19 02:38:06 PDT 2009

It appears you are just looking for free options but if you want to have
programs that will offer the support at a cost but still work with the Word
document in situ then there is the tool bar add-on from Dolphin Producer
with EasyReader for Daisy.

Sitting above the menu bar you have ClaroRead or TextHelp Read and Write and
Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Best wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Learning Societies Lab,
ECS, University of Southampton,
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Shelley Haven
Sent: 19 August 2009 10:11
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network; Alternate Media
Subject: [Athen] Assistive technology plug-ins for Microsoft Word?

Hi, all!

I'm looking for plug-ins or add-ons to Microsoft Word (Mac or Windows)
that provide it with assistive technology capabilities which are
ordinarily supplied by separate programs. (By "add-on" I mean
something which becomes an integral part of the Word user interface,
like a toolbar, without the need to open another program.) The list
below is what I have so far. What others are you aware of? (I'm sure
I'm missing some obvious ones!)

- Word's built-in Speech toolbar which provides very basic text-to-
speech playback
- Audio Notes toolbar in Word for Mac which synchronizes typed notes
with recorded audio
- WordTalk -- text-to-speech plug-in with highlighting
- Ginger Software -- contextual spelling and grammar checker
- Ghotit plug-ins for spellcheck, dictionary, and text-to-speech
- "Save as DAISY" translator

Thanks in advance,

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
Shelley at TechPotential.net

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