There are many low cost or free reading apps for Apple’s iOS devices. Below are some of these apps and directions on how to find or use them.
The Speak Selection tool is a simple clipboard reader like TTS on Mac or Natural Reader on PC. It can be used with any text that is highlighted in iOS 5 or later. Speak Selection also has options for adjusting speech rate and for highlighting words as they are spoken.
A helpful YouTube video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGvNLJuxRG8. When using Safari to read it may be helpful to enable the Reader button by the address bar if available.
VoiceOver is setup for people with visual impairments but it can also be a useful tool for people with learning disabilities. It is not something most people would want to leave on all the time because it changes all the gestures that you use for accessing iOS. It can be toggled on and off when needed. VoiceOver will also read content in the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and iBooks apps.
VoiceOver reads what is under your finger. If you want it to read specific text you just touch it. If you want it to read continuously you need to do a two finger swipe down. If you want it to read the entire screen from top to bottom do a two finger swipe upward.
|Read from Current Position||2-Finger Swipe Down|
|Read Continuously from Top||2-Finger Swipe Up|
|Pause and Continue Speech||2-Finger Single Tap|
|Read Previous or Next Object||1-Finger Swipe Left or Right|
|Scroll Down||3-Finger Swipe Up|
|Scroll Up||3-finger Swipe Down|
|Enter an Object, Button, or Link||1-Finger Double Tap|
Note: If you have VoiceOver on while doing this you will need to select the slider and then swipe up or down to adjust the rate.
Voice Dream Reader is a $10 app that reads text from nearly all types of documents including Word, PDF, RTF, and HTML. It uses high quality voices from Acapela. Voice Dream strips the text out of documents imported into it. This app works well with DropBox for importing your alt text request files.
The controls for the program are simple. There are Play, Fast Forward, and Rewind buttons at the bottom of the window. You can also control Voice Dream by using the Play Pause Buttons on iPhone headphones. The play pause controls in the App Switcher and Lock Screens also work. You can start reading a document and have it continue reading when the app is minimized.
There is a good video demonstrating the Voice Dream App on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGNYsGVAL4g.
You can purchase the Voice Dream Reader app on the iTunes App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-dream-reader-text-to/id496177674?mt=8.
You need to have DropBox installed on your iOS device before you can use Voice Dream to import files from DropBox. Dropbox must also be enabled under the Settings options in Voice Dream. This is accessed from the Voice Dream Homepage.
This app is a player for the LearningAlly audio books. For students with iOS devices we can issue a username and password so that you can add books to your book queue and download them with this app directly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. This app has the same navigation features as the Victor Stream.
Video Tutorials are available on LearningAlly’s website at http://vimeo.com/user12095603/review/62245577/ac9a37989c
You can access LearningAlly Audio in the App Store by going to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learning-ally-audio/id418888450?mt=8