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:

Resources to help you evaluate assistive technology for your child:

Updated February 2010