E-Text provides a digital file of scanned, text-based material (e.g. document, Web page, or e-mail) that is then vocalized by a computer using a text-to-speech synthesizer or a recorded audio file while simultaneously displaying the words on a monitor. Computer-based text-to-speech reading systems are necessary for students with print disabilities. E-text allows a student to follow the highlighted word as it is spoken. The student can choose to set the software to limit the amount of text that appears on the screen at any given time to optimize the font size and allow for optimal tracking ability. E-text allows the student to receive both verbal and visual input simultaneously increasing comprehension for students with disabilities and providing access to text-based materials to blind and visually impaired students. Experiencing words with sight and hearing clarifies the text and expedites text-based learning.
Related Functional Characteristics
Motor Skill (Fine) : E-text allows students who have fine motor skill deficiencies access to text without the difficulty of turning pages.
Visual Tracking Problem : E-text provides an audio cue to students in order to assist their visual tracking while reading.
Low Vision : E-text allows students with visual impairments access to text in an auditory instead of visual format.
Blindness : E-text may allow students to learn from their written class materials (e.g. textbook) if they do not read Braille.
Processing Deficit (Visual) : E-text help students to better understand their reading by allowing students to view an exact image of all the pages in a book while also listening to the text being read by the computer.
Processing Deficit (Language) : E-text allows students to use auditory input to compensate for phonological processing difficulties and reading comprehension problems.
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