Optical Character Recognition
Learn about assistive technology tools called optical character recognition.
By Kristin Stanberry , Marshall Raskind, Ph.D.
This technology allows a user to scan printed material into a computer or handheld unit. The scanned text is then read aloud via a speech synthesis/screen reading system. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is available as stand-alone units, computer software, and as portable, pocket-sized devices.
What type(s) of learning difficulty do these tools address?
OCR may benefit people who struggle with: reading.
Products to Consider:
- WYNN™ Literacy Software Solution
- Kurzweil 3000™
- Kurzweil 3000™ USB Port/Flash Drive
- Intel Reader
Resources to help you evaluate assistive technology for your child:
Updated February 2010