Assistive technology supporting studies
There is a broad selection of assistive technology (digital applications) that can be used with mobile devices as well as with computers. Some of the following applications are available only on iOS, some also for Android and Windows environments. Some of them are chargeable and some are free of charge. Some of the applications require data/internet connection. Additional information on the applications is available on application stores (AppStore, Google Play, and Microsoft Store).
Examples of assistive tools for reading and writing on mobile devices (screen readers)
|Speech-to-text conventers (Dragon Dictation, Swype Keyboard, Google Keyboard)||Self-voicing (Voice-to-text) applications (Voice Memos, Notes on iPad and iPhone; built-in technology)|
|Text-to-speech conventers (Voice Dream Reader)||Spectral Filters (iOverlayPlus)|
|Voice memo applications (Voice Memos)||Image-to-text converters (Mobile OCR)|
Accessories and applications supporting accessibility:
Scanning pens and A4 scanners (wireless and USB)
Separate microphones for self-voicing
Celia-talking book service, please see https://www.celia.fi/eng/
You can listen a written text in many mobile devices and computers even without installing any applications. You just need to change settings (iPhone and iPad users: Go to Settings-General-Accessibility-Speech). iPhone and iPad enables users to change other accessibility settings as well. You can for example increase contrast, enlarge text and change colors.
In Windows environment, you can find the accessibility settings from control panel > Settings > Ease of Access. You can adjust for example mouse, keyboard and screen contrast and put Narrator on. Narrator is a screen reader that reads all the elements on screen. From the Accessibility menu found in the Settings menu in your Android mobile device, you'll find, among other things, the Text-to-speech options from the Vision menu.
In Google Drive you can speak text on Google Docs and Google Slides (SoundWriter). You can put on the Speech Recognition from the Add-ons, on the top menu, free of charge. After you have installed the add-on, go to the Add-on menu and choose Speech Recognition > Start. On the sidebar you can select language and change other settings as well.
Google Chrome web browser and Google Translate also have their own speech recognition add-ons. Chrome offers also other accessibility features on Chrome web store. You can find the features from the browser’s Customize and control toolbar > Settings > Advanced > Accessibility. Mercury Reader extension is one of the Chrome accessibility features. It removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site.
Tukilinja grants benefits to physically or mentally challenged people, who have financial difficulties. You can apply for a grant, if you live in Finland, have a long-term illness or disability and have financial difficulties due to your handicap. Since Tukilinja is a Finnish-speaking organization, you are advised to ask support from a Finnish-speaking person when applying for the grant.
If you have challenges to cope with your studies Kela, The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (available only in Finnish) will provide you with assistive devices of your needs. You will also get user assistance and Kela will take care of the maintenance of the devices. For further information on Tukilinja and Kela, please contact Campus Study Counsellor.