Reading and Literacy Resources for AAC and Text-to-Speech Users

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Aug. 13, 2020Updated Sep. 15, 2022

As part of our Learning Resources series, we’re continuing our focus on literacy to help our kids build critical thinking skills and work toward reading goals. In our second installment, we take a look at apps and online resources specifically geared toward AAC users and readers who utilize text-to-speech technology. We’ve also indicated price, age range, and learning needs so you can easily find the resources that will work best for your child.

An AAC program is open on a black iPad that rests against three workbooks, each of which is titled "adjectives," with colorful pictures of different objects on the front.

AAC Language Lab

The AAC Language Lab provides free resources, lessons, and activities for students who use an AAC device. Their annual subscription includes full access to all materials including guided lesson plans, an updated activities section and language screener, and more. Their course curriculum includes Literacy Through Unity, which provides accessible lessons on word recognition, decoding, spelling, and icon sequencing.

○ Age range: All ages

○ Good for: deaf and hard of hearing, executive function, processing delay, reading comprehension

○ Cost: $19.95 per year

Snap&Read

Snap&Read from Don Johnston Learning Tools is a multifunctional app that allows students to have both accessible and inaccessible text read aloud from websites, PDFs, and Google Drive documents. It also levels vocabulary for comprehension and offers translation services.

○ Age range: All ages

○ Good for: ADHD, dyslexia, emergent readers, read aloud, reading comprehension, text-to-speech

○ Cost: FREE trial period (no credit card required) and then $4.99 a month

Storyline Online

This award-winning website provides videos of celebrities reading children’s books along with creative illustrations. Each book is listed with the suggested grade level and includes printable teacher guides with activities and lesson plans to accompany the reading. There is also a free app, available on Android, iOS, and Chrome.

○ Age range: Grades K–5

○ Good for: Emergent readers, pre-readers, read aloud, reading comprehension

○ Cost: FREE (donations are encouraged)

Tar Heel Reader

Tar Heel Reader offers a collection of user-generated books that allow students to implement a variety of alternative access methods. Books can be searched by topic and by rating (such as E/Everybody and C/Caution). Per their description, “The site can be accessed through a mouse, touch screen, alternative pointing devices, AAC devices with serial output, the IntelliKeys, or with switches.” The books are accompanied by pictures that can be used on an AAC device.

○ Age range: All ages

○ Good for: ADHD, deaf and hard of hearing, dyslexia, executive functioning, processing delays, read aloud, text-to-speech, visual learners

○ Price: FREE

Voice Dream Reader

Utilizing advanced text-to-speech and a highly configured screen layout, Voice Dream Reader is designed to suit every reading style from completely audio to completely text. The app lets the user highlight text that is then read to them.

○ Age range: All ages

○ Good for: Highlighted text, read aloud, text to speech, visual learners, blindness, low vision, dyslexia, and physical challenges

○ Platforms: iPad and iPhone, Google Play

○ Cost: $4.99

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