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Reading Text Without Using TalkBack: Android

Android devices have an option of reading text aloud without turning on TalkBack, the Android screen reader.

Screen readers, such as Android’s TalkBack, changes the gesture set, which can be challenging for some users.  For some low vision print readers, having the option of listening to chunks of text is often beneficial. This is not a good option for those who depend on a screen reader, as only the text (not the buttons, etc.) are read aloud.  

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Teacher Hint:  This Android read aloud feature is a great tool to encourage low vision students to improve their listening skills, especially for students who are initially reluctant to learn TalkBack or other full screen reader systems.  This is also useful when students are struggling to read text messages or emails on the smaller phone screens, or when poor lighting, glare, or eye fatigue is an issue.  Keep in mind, using the read aloud feature is a stepping stone and should not replace a more robust screen reader!

By Diane Brauner

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