A3 sized PDF poster - revision 1.0, published 2018
Immersive Reader is part of Microsoft Learning Tools and is designed to improve reading support for learners with literacy difficulties, such as dyslexia.
Immersive Reader includes the following features:
Although each of these tools can be used independently they work extremely well in combination with each other, e.g., font and theme styles combined with text-to-speech and line focus.
Not all the tools are available in every element of Office. The Immersive Reader in Learning Tools is available in Word Online and OneNote Online, as a free Add-In for Word and OneNote Desktop apps, and for the Word and OneNote iPad apps.
Assistive Technologies to help autistic learners to access the curriculum
Below is an accessible breakdown of the contents of the PDF poster, designed to be accessible with a screen reader, and also for people who find it hard to see or access the links in the poster.
Free tools for Microsoft Office to support learners who experience difficulties with reading. Available for OneNote and Word (Online, Desktop and iPad). Not all tools exist in every version. For more information visit the Learning Tools webpage.
To start Immersive Reader select the ‘View Tab’ and ‘Immersive Reader’. To make adjustments see below.
Adjust the font size, font style and colour themes to customise and differentiate reading.
Choose a voice, adjust the voice speed and click or tap the Play button to hear text spoken aloud in a distraction free, immersive environment.
Combine the above with text-to-speech to aid comprehension and independent reading.
Use Syllables to break words into smaller parts to help improve word recognition. Colour code words into nouns, verbs and adjectives to aid grammar.
Improve readability, concentration and reading speed with Line Focus by reading one (or more) line of text at a time. Picture Dictionary aids reading and comprehension by seeing and hearing a word simultaneously.
Consider using Line Focus, Picture Dictionary, Themes and Speech in combination to provide a multi-sensory and inclusive reading experience.