“A lot of districts are striving for Universal Design for Learning, and Snap&Read is a step in the right direction.” - Ruth Ziolkowski, president, Don Johnston Incorporated
Volo, IL (PRWEB) March 13, 2012
Don Johnston Incorporated today announced Snap&Read, a software toolbar that reads any text on-screen as it floats over any application. Its simple one-button interface reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud from Flash websites, Word docs, PDFs, web-based tests, web-delivered curriculum, and even dialog boxes.
To read text aloud, users launch the Snap&Read floating toolbar and select text on-screen. That text is automatically read in high quality text-to-speech voices. Snap&Read also features built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to read text delivered through inaccessible formats like Flash and text-based images.
Snap&Read was designed to make the curriculum more accessible for students with disabilities attending K-12 districts. “We made Snap&Read so affordable and easy to use that districts could put it everywhere and implement it right away” explains Ruth Ziolkowski, president of Don Johnston Incorporated. “A lot of districts are striving for Universal Design for Learning, and Snap&Read is a step in the right direction.”
Being so easy to use, Snap&Read requires minimal training to learn. “While all of our assistive technology tools are designed so that educators can learn them in 30-minutes, Snap&Read is so simple, it can be trained in five-minutes,” explains Kevin Johnston, director of product design for Don Johnston Incorporated. “The simplicity is a huge benefit. Students with disabilities already have enough challenges learning to read and write. Their assistive technology tools should be so simple and intuitive that they can get up and running instantly. That was one of our goals when we designed Snap&Read.”
Snap&Read is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems. The software can be installed on computer hard drives or it can run directly from USB/Flash drives without installing to a hard drive. This is a huge benefit to schools that only install software once or twice a year.
Snap&Read is scheduled to ship this spring. K-12 School districts can purchase an Unlimited Snap&Read site license for $399 per school through special introductory pricing or $79 per computer. School districts purchasing district-wide qualify for a discount. The Unlimited Site License includes unlimited school use for all students as well as take-home rights. Colleges and universities can purchase Snap&Read for $799 (institutions with less than 10,000 students enrolled) or $999 (10,000 or more students enrolled).
About Don Johnston Incorporated
Don Johnston (http://www.donjohnston.com) develops accessible reading and writing technologies to support K-12 and postsecondary students with cognitive, physical, and learning disabilities. Since 1980, the special education company has partnered with literacy experts, AT specialists, SLPs, OTs, special education teachers, university researchers and DSS coordinators to improve access to learning and to increase reading and writing independence. Tens of thousands of students with dyslexia, autism, dysgraphia, down-syndrome and diverse learning challenges use our software and hardware devices to accommodate their learning needs in schools, the workforce and at home.