AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


Scan Pen - C Pen Reader 

Cost: Paid | Platforms: Device 

The C-PEN Reader Pen is a robust, portable, pocket-sized reading pen that reads text out loud with a human-like digital voice. There are different types of C pens/Scan pens as some are for exam purposes while others have a wider purpose. 

Most useful for: ReaderPen is designed to promote independent learning and may be useful for a person who has reading difficulties. 

the cpen reader slides along the text in a book and then reads out the text.

Its key features are: 

  • Words or lines of text read out loud  

  • Simple built-in dictionaries  

  • Scan, store and transfer to a PC or Mac (1GB+ of storage/no software required)  

  • Scan direct to the cursor on a computer  

  • The Pen also has a voice memo recorder  

  • Develops reading comprehension  

  • Nurtures language learners  

  • Supports multiple languages  

  • Promotes reading independence  

  • Improves student confidence  

  • Maintains effectiveness when distance learning  

  • No additional software required  

  • Includes earphones (3.5mm connector) 

Our Top Tip:  

Scan pens and even assistive technology is not just for college or work purposes. It can be used for personal life too. If you have a scan pen think about how it can be used for reading books in your leisure time and even for menus. 

More information about the Scan Pen: 


Video source: Scanning Pens YouTube channel 

Go to the Scan Pens Website> 

For more Advice:  

  • If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.  

  • If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.  

  • If you are an Employee and are interested in this technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation. 

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