The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 1 Text to Speech

Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader  Honorable Mention

Read Aloud is very good at reading webpages.

Select and Speak - Text to Speech  Honorable Mention

This text to speech app works with Google Documents.

Talkie: FREE text-to-speech, many languages!

This is a text to speech extension that gets good reviews. The extension also translates text into different languages.

TTS Reader: Speech, Translation & Dictionary

This extension is designed to read articles, but you get so much more. The extension will translate and act as a dictionary. The technology is from Google. You can test the extension for free, and it is very cheap to buy for a year. The rating for this product is very good compared to this class of technology.

Voice Instead

If you want a more natural sounding voice and you are willing to pay a small fee for per year this is a good option. The is extension get good reviews.

Talking Web 

This extension will read a webpage, or you can download it as a sound file. (.wave) You can even adjust the speed, voice, and language.


This text to speech extension has many good features to choose from.


This is a Chrome app that reads what you highlight on your screen. I have tried it, and it works. The app works in the Chrome browser.


This Chrome app reads the words on your screen. If you want to have the website read to you, this is a good app because it works. The app works in the Chrome browser. 

Texthelp PDF Reader

This is a very good screen reader with a number of other tools to enhance the experience. The product is made by TextHelp. You can try it for 30 days,

Snap&Read Universal

This is a text reader with OCR capability. You can try for free. The extension is made by TextHelp.

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