Prizmo (i-phones/i-pads but not androids) You can take a photograph of text and the app will read it to you.
Siri (i-phones/i-pads but not androids) Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, make phone calls and more.
Dictaphone / Digital recorders Useful if you need to record meetings/lectures or record things that you need to remember.
Free Most mobile phones have voice recording facilities.
To Buy Amazon has a wide range of dictaphones.
Echo Pen Useful if you need to take notes while listening to lectures/meetings. An echo pen allows you to record something and make hand written notes. Later on, when you wish to hear that part of the talk again, you tap on the relevant note and it will repeat that part of the lecture.
To Buy Ivona (more natural voices to use with Balabolka) http://www.ivona.com/en/voices/.
Read Write or Read Write Gold http://www.texthelp.com/UK.
Editing software: Useful if you can spot mistakes in text when they are read out loud, but struggle to read out loud or spot them in print. It can also read you the meanings of words so you can check that you have not confused two words.
To Buy Read Write Gold http://www.texthelp.com/UK.
Mind Mapping Useful for planning/structuring longer pieces of writing.
To Buy Inspiration http://www.inspiration.com/
Other Free Resources Ability Net – Offer free online webinars: http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/advice-info/webinars