Lovely article from the CP Family Network about a 7th grade boy who has cerebral palsy and uses switches. He’s has started to read with the freedom of an iPad and the Read2Go DAISY reader app.
In the past, Connor depended on his mom or an aide to hold a book steady or turn a page. His reading assignments had to be requested in large print, but that often took weeks – which left him always in catch up mode. Now, he doesn’t rely on others much and reads digital books from a stationary stand on his wheelchair from his iPad. “He can follow the text and has better eye tracking,” adds Meadows.
Continue readingConnor Reads with Bookshare, iPad, and Ebooks
I’ve just read the sample chapter of iOS Access for All, the forthcoming ebook by Shelly Brisbin, and it’s looking very good. As well as the sample book chapter, Siri and Voice Input, Shelly has also made available the full table of contents. Continue readingForthcoming: iOS Access for All
I have noticed in several places now that some people are confused about what’s “VoiceOver” and what’s “Text to Speech” in terms of Mac OS X. This post is to attempt to clarify what each one is and why it’s important to know which one you’re talking about if you’re asking for help. Continue readingText-to-Speech isn’t VoiceOver
There are a lot of searches that find this blog using the phrases “speech to text” and “text to speech” or equivalents using words like “voice”, “speaking”, “typing”, and so on. It seems from the logs, that a lot of people aren’t sure what the difference is between “speech to text” and “text to speech” so I thought I’d clarify. Continue readingText-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?
The Vocab Ninja blog has collected together samples of all Apple’s iOS text-to-speech voices so we can hear them side by side. There are 26 different languages, with 35 different dialects in all.
Their collection includes both standard quality voices and enhanced quality voices – the difference in quality is especially stark when you hear them side by side. I found it fascinating that even in the languages I couldn’t understand, the difference in quality is audible! Continue readingInternational iOS Text-to-Speech Voices