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How can Students use Picture Speech?


We’re delighted with the amount of feedback that we have received for Picture Speech. The feedback that you have provided us with has shown us how versatile the app is. Knowing that you have found this app useful, in different ways, is overwhelming as this is more than what we had originally expected.

We have found that Picture Speech is extremely useful for students. There are many reasons for this. With this app, they can use this app to help them to revise or carry out their reading assignments. For some students, they prefer to use this app when revising, rather than reading the text themselves, as they find that they remember the subject knowledge more when they listen to the information being read out to them.

A teacher even told us that her students, who are diagnosed with dyslexia, feel empowered when using this app as they are able to work more independently among their peers at school. Therefore, children with SEN can be encouraged by Picture Speech to work more independently with confidence, at home or at school. The teacher also emphasised that Picture Speech is a helpful tool for struggling readers to use daily at school or at home.

Many people have  also realised that this app can support those who have have difficulty in reading English or even those who have English as an additional language. With this app, students who find reading English difficult will still be able reach their full potential in their learning since the language barrier is not affecting them. For example, if the students had to complete a task in their English lesson, they would still be able to carry out the task, however they will be using Picture Speech to support them in their reading.

So, how have you used Picture Speech? Why do you find it useful? We would love to hear from you, and if you have any feedback on how this app can be improved, contact us on http://picturespeech.uservoice.com

Accessibility Features in Picture Speech


Picture Speech is an app that is designed to support you. Whether it is to support you in your learning, your occupation or just general reading within your daily life. Picture Speech allows you to capture and listen to any type of text. This app lets you listen to the text you have captured or written within the app. We’ve taken a number of steps to support everyones needs.

This app gives you the option to capture or insert text. You can capture text from various sources such as books, pictures and documents. If you were to insert text, then you can copy, paste or write your text in to listen to. With these two options, it can support you in all types of situations. For example, if you are struggling to read a document, Picture Speech gives you the confidence to stay independent. Rather than seeking help from others, you would simply capture the text into the app which you can then listen back to.

This entire app is designed to be simple with a clean user interface. We have also included a number of accessibility features such as a yellow background since research has shown white backgrounds should be avoided on paper, computers an visual aids as it can appear to be too dazzling for those who are dyslexic (http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/further-information/dyslexia-style-guide.html). We also offer the ability to change the speed of the reading voice and the gender. We are planning to include further accessibility features such as more colours as some individuals with dyslexia have their own colour preference. We welcome everyone to provide us with feedback on accessibility features that they would like to see at http://picturespeech.com/support.