Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

Reading and Writing Software


Computer tools can help you read and understand text


About Reading and Writing Software 


These tools help you access and understand text.

What kinds of reading software are there?


Text-to-speech programs read words out loud for you. It might let you change the speed. You might be able to see the words highlighted as they are read. Examples of these reading programs include Voice Dream Reader, Natural Reader, and Speechify.

Your computer, smartphone or tablet might also have a built-in text-to-speech feature. Hear your text messages, emails, or news articles out loud instead of reading them. Look under your device’s accessibility settings. On the iPhone and iPad, select Spoken Content. You will be able to turn on options such as Speak Selection or Speak Screen. On Android devices, this feature is called Select to Speak.

Assistive Literacy Software

These programs include more features than just reading out loud. It might have a dictionary to look up words. There may be writing features like word prediction and spelling correction, to help you write more effectively. The software tends to be good at recognizing common errors made by people with dyslexia.

You might try tools from:

If you are a student, ask your school if they have a subscription to any of these tools. Many also offer free trials.


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


  • software for dyslexia
  • text-to-speech
  • reading software


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?