Reading and researching
Text-to-speech software at UAL
- Read documents, emails and web pages aloud.
- Reduce visual stress with the Screen Masking tool.
- Add Underline and Screen Tints to focus on the line you're reading.
- Use the Study Skills tools to highlight text, take notes and add bibliography to your notes.
- Read aloud text from MS Word, emails and web pages.
- Save the text as audio file and listen to it later.
- Change text and background colours to make reading on the screen easier.
- Focus on the text you're reading with the Screen Ruler, underline and overlays.
- Writing tools include a spell checker, homophone checker and predictive text.
Access from UAL computers
- Log into the computer with your UAL credentials.
- Search for the app in the computer or find under Assistive Technology in ZENworks (Windows) or UAL Self Service (Mac).
- Double-click to download and install.
Note: The programs can take up to 20 minutes to install if they haven't been used before on the machines.
Some neurodiverse students find that dyslexia fonts improve readability. The font is available on UAL PCs from ZENWorks. Once you install the font, look for OpenDyslexicMono in the font menu toolbar (Word and Outlook desktop versions only).
Access from home
If you are registered with the UAL Disability Service you might be eligible for ClaroRead Pro and Read&Write Gold as part of your DSA. Talk to your disability advisor or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to buy a copy of ClaroRead for your personal PC or Mac you can get a discount. Contact the IT Service Desk for a code that will give you an 80% discount.
Text-to-speech and reading tools at home
Immersive Reader is a great tool that makes the text on the screen easier to read and to understand. It's available across Office 365 apps and can be used to:
- remove graphs and other distractions and concentrate on the text
- select your Text Preferences: text size, line spacing and font and background colour
- use Line Focus to concentrate on the line you are reading
- translate text
- read emails or other text back to you.
The Edge Browser has a Read Aloud function to read webpages or PDFs.
- Open the PDF or webpage in the Edge browser.
- Go to the three-dot menu on the toolbar.
- Select Read Aloud.
There are free extensions such as ClaroRead Chrome that offer text to speech. It also has a basic colour overlay function that makes reading on the screen easier.
Use Macs' built-in text to speech to hear your documents, emails and other text read back to you.
Mac in built Colour Filters
- From the Apple menu go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.
- Select Color Filters.
- Select Enable Color Filters. Go to the “Filter type” drop-down menu and select Color Tint. This applies a tint to the entire screen.
- You can change the colour and intensity of the filter.
To quickly turn Colour Filters on and off using the Accessibility Shortcuts panel, press Option-Command-F5 then select or deselect the Enable Display Filters option.
Read Out Loud PDFs
Adobe Reader and Adobe Pro have a Read Out Loud function. To listen to the text on your PDF:
- open the PDF and select the text
- select View
- click on Read Out Loud and then select Activate Read Out Loud.
Text-to-speech on your phone
ClaroSpeak and ClaroPDF are free apps that read text aloud on your android or iOS phone.
Native mobile options
iOS and Android mobile devices can read text back to you. Select the speech options on the Accessibility settings.
iPhone speak options
Voice Over is Apple’s built-in screen reader in Mac computers and iPhones. For best results use with Safari browser.