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1 Philip Voorhees Adaptive Technology Coordinator Austin Peay State University

2 This demonstration will show you how to use Adobe Reader’s free Read-Out-Loud text- to-speech solution with Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) E-Text within the Windows 7 environment and have a conversation on the viability of this free solution and client preference.

3  1- Selectable E-Text PDF  2- Read-Out-Loud free text-to-speech solution for Adobe Reader  3- how to use Read-Out-Loud to read a selectable E-Text PDF  4- how to configure Read-Out-Loud for reading preferences and use with Windows 7

4  PDF is often the default format provided by publishers to higher-ed disability service providers for use as an alternative format or for further format conversion/creation.  PDF is often the default format for library course reserves and can be a “graphic based” barrier or an enriched searchable environment if created as selectable E-Text.

5  Free and simple solution for some individuals with disabilities who need alternative format for print accommodations  Paradigms and client preference  Benefits for students without disabilities

6  Read-Out-Loud ◦ Introduced with Adobe Reader ◦ Philosophical underpinnings on how AT should be provided ◦ Tool not a Text-To-Speech engine  Developed to work with the existing TTS of an operating system  Microsoft Sam 

7  What has changed - Windows 7  DEMONSTRATION of Read-Out- Loud with Adobe Reader X

8  1. Activate/Deactivate Adobe Read-Out-Loud  2. Read this page only  3. Read to the end of a document  4. Select text to read  5. Pause/restart reading  6. Stop reading

9  1. Reading Order Options  2. Read Out Loud Options  Volume  Voice  Pitch  WPM  Forms  3. Screen Reader Options.

10  Selectable E-Text PDF is often the default file format for publisher’s and libraries  Read-Out-Loud is a free text-to-speech solution for Adobe Reader not an engine  Client preferences are ever changing ◦ Mobility is becoming a key issue in usability  Read-Out-Loud can benefit everyone

11  You can use Read-Out-Loud to read a selectable text PDF  You can configure Read-Out-Loud for reading preferences & use with Windows 7

12  Read a PDF with Read Out Loud Read a PDF with Read Out Loud  Adobe Acrobat X accessibility overview Adobe Acrobat X accessibility overview  My Information: ◦ Philip Voorhees ◦ Adaptive Technology Coordinator ◦ APSU/Office of Disability Services ◦


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