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TextHelp – Read&Write

Apr 2, 2024

Introduction

With 76% of people with a disability or neurodiverse condition not fully disclosing this at work, it’s essential to find a tool that assists individuals with reading and writing tasks across various platforms. Read&Write developed by TextHelp is a great example of software that caters to the diverse needs of users. It is also a great first step that companies can take towards creating an inclusive workplace culture while also supporting their ESG strategies. In this blog, we delve into the features and benefits that make it a valuable asset and create inclusive workplaces by making a long-term investment in the employee.

Product Overview

Read&Write is a versatile software solution available for installation on Windows and Mac desktops, as well as integration with Edge or Chrome browsers. Additionally, there are dedicated apps for iPads and Android tablets, ensuring accessibility across multiple devices. The software aids users in reading and writing tasks. The Read&Write discreet toolbar provides tools to support different workstyles, from auditory processors to visual thinkers and beyond.

Features

Read&Write serves as a literacy support tool, assisting with various daily tasks such as reading text aloud, understanding unfamiliar words, conducting research for assignments, and proofreading written work. This versatile tool is ideal for a wide range of people. It proves incredibly beneficial for supporting Special Educational Needs (SEN) learners, individuals with English as an additional language, or those with mild visual impairments.

  • Text-to-Speech: one of the core features is its text-to-speech functionality, which reads the on-screen text with dual-colour highlighting. This feature not only assists users in reading texts across various applications but also provides comprehensive control over audio playback.
  • Neurodiversity tools: it includes an array of tools tailored to support users with neurodiverse needs. The check it spellchecker is dyslexia-friendly, offering advanced assistance with spelling and grammar issues. Additionally, the similar word checker helps users differentiate similar-sounding words, enhancing language accuracy.
  • Prediction: the word prediction tool predicts and suggests words as user types, aiding in spelling and improving typing efficiency. The dictionary feature provides definitions and images for enhanced language comprehension.
  • Screenshot reader: to read inaccessible text within images, the OCR tool, known as the screenshot reader, ensures that no text remains unread, regardless of its format.
  • Screen masking and reading ruler: the user can add screen masking in customisable colours, to reduce glare for people with light sensitivity. The reading ruler helps maintain focus while reading.
  • Research and collaboration tool: the software includes a PDF reader with comprehension tools, highlighters for collecting key points, and the ability to convert paper documents and inaccessible PDFs into editable Word documents. Additionally, translation capabilities and voice notes enhance collaboration and research efforts.

Useful information

The software can be installed on up to two computers. The price ranges from £228.00 for a one-year license to £492.00 for a three-year license. Thriiver recommends a full one-day training session or one to two half-day sessions, depending on the user’s specific needs.

Conclusion

In summary, Read&Write stands as a powerful tool for individuals seeking to enhance their literacy skills, whether for personal, educational, or professional purposes. Its comprehensive features, user-friendly interface, and compatibility across multiple platforms make it a versatile software for users of all backgrounds and abilities. By unlocking the full potential of Read&Write, individuals can overcome barriers to reading and writing, empowering them to communicate effectively and achieve their goals.

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