TTS: Text to Speech
Text-to-Speech (TTS) has finally become mainstream. There are countless devices that talk to us, however it is for students with a print disability that TTS has become essential.
Blind students use JAWS, low vision students use MAGic and ZoomText and students with dyslexia use WYNN, and they all share the same speech synthesiser.
With the introduction of Karen and Lee, two Australian synthetic voices, high quality and legible synthetic speech is available to assist students at any stage of their learning.
TTS is one of the tools that students need in their AT tool boxes. It provides efficient, simple and low-cost access to the printed word. It is also a good example of a technology that we will see become more commonplace in general education.