Free text to speech software to be made available to students in higher education

Soon students in high education with reading disorders such as dyslexia and developmental dyspraxia will be able to obtain text to speech software free of charge. The Flemish Education Minister Hilde Crevits (Christian democrat) has announced that the software that has been available to primary and secondary school pupils since the start of the 2017-2018 school year will be main available to students at universities and colleges of higher education soon. 

Test to speech software converts text books into audio books, enabling those with reading disorders to learn at the same pace as their classmates.      

 

Currently more than 20,120 pupils in primary and secondary schools use the soft where that is provided free of charge by the Flemish Education Department. This is up by more than 3,000 compared with the 2017-2018 school year when the free software became available for the first time. 60,000 euro has been earmarked to expand the scheme to students in higher education.  

There are an estimated 60,000 pupils at Flemish schools that have reading, spelling or writing disorders.