Graduate project

Text-To-Speech Technology for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

The following research project explored the relationship of text-to-speech technology (TTST) and students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) in education. Topics investigated included how TTST supports the educational goals of students with SLD, and how educational staff can support the use of TTST for SLD in instruction to promote student success. In current existing research, there have been no definitive conclusions drawn that show TTST for SLD has any concrete effects on specific skills in areas of reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Existing research does state the positive qualitative effects of using TTST for SLD, specifically regarding student focus, speed in completion of assignments and comprehension, student engagement in academics, and student attitudes surrounding schoolwork. This lack of research poses a major issue for students with SLD, leaving them to navigate a world with no supports due to the unwritten requirement of predigested information and attention educational stakeholders prefer to implement valid supports. A print (Appendix )A and digital resource (website) was created to support students, families, and educators in learning more about TTST for SLD, TTST technology and features, universal design for learning (UDL), navigating the transition into higher education, and helpful tips for implementing TTST in education for both students and teachers. As very little research on this topic exists, more research is required to better understand the effects of using TTST for SLD.