Here are some assists to help make reading easier, presented by Kindy Segovia, assistive technology supervisor at Kent ISD in Kent County, Michigan, at an MCEC (Michigan Conference for Exceptional Children) conference in March 2019.
Segovia previously suggested solutions for highlighting paper-based text in her article, Top ten assistive technology tools to support special education students in reading. Now there is a free Chrome extension which highlights online text, called Reading Ruler.
Page layout simplifiers
Sometimes graphics within an online article can interfere with a student’s ability to track the text. Two free Chrome extensions remove graphics and reformat text so it is easier to read. They are Mercury Reader and Just Read.
Online text summarizers
Wading through long paragraphs can be intimidating to struggling readers. There are many Chrome extensions to summarize text. Segovia suggested these three: Summarizer, One Click Summarizer, and Shorten & Translate.
Portable text readers/smartpens
There are also readers for paper-based text. Segovia suggested Livescribe Echo (currently $180-$190) and C-Pen Reader (currently $250).