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Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!

Reading articles and other texts online can be challenging for individuals with dyslexia and more.  If you’re looking for a free online resource to help summarize articles, check out

According to its website:

“SMMRY’s mission is to provide an efficient manner of understanding text, which is done primarily by reducing the text to only the most important sentences…”

It accomplishes its mission by ranking sentences by importance using a core algorithm.  It also removes unnecessary clauses, transition phrases, and excessive examples.

Using this online tool is easy: simply paste an article, text, or essay in the large box on its website.  At the top of the webpage, type in the number of sentences you want it to narrow down to.  You also have the option to upload a file or paste a URL.

Other features of this website include:

  • It is completely free to use
  • You can bookmark the widget so you can access the site easier
  • You can paste an article or essay in the large box on the website directly, OR
    • You can also summarize PDF and TXT documents by uploading a file or by pasting a URL in the appropriate box

Vist to learn more.  That’s S-M-M-R-Y dot com.

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I want to take a moment to thank InTRAC the Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation for sponsoring our transcript today.  You can find out more about InTRAC at

That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.

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