[Athen] OT: seeking an app for my Mom

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Thu Apr 9 11:28:35 PDT 2020

A great solution for my students! Not sure if it will confuse or help Mom.

To the folks who recommended VoiceDream and Natural reader, Thanks so much. I recommend these to students all the time.

I’ll have mom download them (she won’t mind paying) and see if she can use them. Do you know of any good tutorials – say on YouTube for using them. Being her tech support is exhausting.

And tutorials on the InstaPaper fix? I sent her some tutorials on Speak Screen; hope she’ll give it a try.

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I do this:

Open story in Safari and click Reader view from the left-hand side of where the URL is entered.

Then, I save the story to Instapaper.

Then I use the read out loud function in the iOS accessibility section. And when on an article in Instapaper I do a 2-finger swipe down from the top of the screen to read that article.

I was using Instapaper as my pre-shelter in place commute I'd often have no connectivity. I did find it weirds out on quote sign and says "power of" and on some italicized words in will start reading the English text with another language accent.


On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 11:11 AM Deborah Armstrong <armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu<mailto:armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu>> wrote:
My mom, in her late eighties has worsening macular degeneration. She’s stuck inside her apartment and becoming very self-absorbed. She doesn’t have the virus!

I’m posting here because the answers can probably help some of our students.

Mom reads email on her iPAD and also the web when email contains links to pages. She also uses Facebook a lot.

She wants an app that “reads to her”.

I have previously shown her voiceover – too complicated. I showed her speak screen, but that just reads the screen.

I’m looking for an app that will read her email to her, something with nice big buttons for next message, previous message and delete. Something super-duper easy to learn!

Also does anyone know of atalking browser app for iDEVICES? Again EASY! (We also tried Zoom with Safari and we found that tired her eyes out just as much as using Safari without zoom.)


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