[Athen] Biology or Microbiology - Is there any good text to speech" program?

Leyna Bencomo lbencomo at uccs.edu
Wed Mar 18 08:35:41 PDT 2015

I've gone the low tech route on this one. This past semester, I hired an advanced student in computer science and physics to read a textbook including all the equations and diagrams. We loaned him a microphone and he records the audio in mp3 format. He uses a drop box to send chapters to a blind student. There have been no problems with the arrangement in spite of the fact that this student is very particular about his accommodations. I am new in this position and I found it the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to take care of the complexities of having this data made available.

Leyna Bencomo
Assistive Technology Specialist, Information Technology
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Aura Mollick Hirschman
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 1:54 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Biology or Microbiology - Is there any good text to speech" program?

Any progress or suggestions for text reading software for the sciences? I have a PhD candidate with eye fatigue and dizziness due to nystagmus and vision therapy aftermath. I am thinking that we may be best having the articles she needs for her prelims read out loud by another student, for accuracy. I will enlarge her text on the paper document, for one, as she cannot look at the computer screen too long, but she does listen to the text out loud when her eyes are worse so she can at least make some progress. Ideas?

Aura M. Hirschman, M.S., C.R.C.
Senior Counselor/Alternative Text Program Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Accessibility Resource Center
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