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    Accessibility Features for Reading

     

    About:

    Microsoft Word is the word processor that is most commonly used in LPS. Though this tool is marketed for the masses, it actually has superb built-in accessibility features!  This page will cover accessibility features built-in to Word that allow students to use this tool as an assistive technology (AT) tool for reading.  Did you know that Microsoft Word has the following features that can be used as AT Tools for Reading:
    • Text to speech, via the "Speech Toolbar" that will allow you to hear the computer read text aloud
    • Easy to use dictionary
    • Annotation tools including highlighting capabilities and "comments"
    • Voice recordings that can be used to create audiobooks
    • Summarizing feature
    To learn how to find and use these features, download the handout below or watch the videos!  If you have questions about using Microsoft Word as an assistive technology tool for reading, just ask Rachel Kuberry
     
     

    Videos:

    Hearing text read aloud:  This video shows you how to use the Speech Toolbar to hear text within a Microsoft Word document read aloud by text to speech.  It also shows you shortcuts for highlighting text.  
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    Annotating Text:  This video shows you how to highlight text and annotate using comments.  It also shows you shortcuts for finding vocabulary words within text and using the dictionary.  
      If you have trouble viewing this video, watch it here instead.
     

     

    Samples:

    This is a sample of annotated digital text.  The text is highlighted (dates in one color, key concepts in another color) and "comments" are used indicate where answers to comprehension questions are located.  Download the example by clicking here:  Annotated Text Example