Prizmo (i-phones/i-pads but not androids)
You can take a photograph of text and the app will read it to you.
Siri (i-phones/i-pads but not androids)
Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, make phone calls and more.
Dictaphone / Digital recorders
Useful if you need to record meetings/lectures or record things that you need to remember.
Most mobile phones have voice recording facilities.
Amazon has a wide range of dictaphones.
Useful if you need to take notes while listening to lectures/meetings.
An echo pen allows you to record something and make hand written notes. Later on, when you wish to hear that part of the talk again, you tap on the relevant note and it will repeat that part of the lecture.
Speech to text software
Useful if you can articulate what you want to say, but struggle to write/type it down.
Word 7 and later editions of Word have speech recognition software.
Dragon Naturally Speaking.
Text to Speech
Useful if you find reading blocks of text difficult or time consuming.
Balabolka http:// balabolka.en.softonic.com/
Ivona (more natural voices to use with Balabolka) http://www.ivona.com/en/voices/.
Read Write or Read Write Gold
Useful if you can spot mistakes in text when they are read out loud, but struggle to read out loud or spot them in print. It can also read you the meanings of words so you can check that you have not confused two words.
Read Write Gold
Useful for planning/structuring longer pieces of writing.
Other Free Resources
Ability Net – Offer free online webinars: http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/advice-info/webinars