Background on the lawsuit that led to Amazon allowing test-to-speech to be disabled in Kindle titles at publisher's request. Bad precedent, I think.
"What most people forget is that, on a fundamental level, those with reading disabilities process language differently than a non-disabled reader. A student once explained his dyslexia to me with a familiar analogy; itâ€™s like an older student learning a new language. Dyslexia, he told me, was like a new student translating a passageâ€“a stop-and-go process of read-translate-integrate, which produces a string of words but no obvious coherent meaning. (Having taken Japanese in college, I found the analogy painfully effective.)
"For this student and many others, text is quite literally another language. The simple option to have books read aloud to themâ€”even by a computerâ€”is an enormously powerful asset to those with a whole spectrum of difficulties, including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and linguistic impairment. English as a Second Language students (whose immersion is, often, primarily aural, and only later textual) also receive the obvious benefits of word-sound association."
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