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Screen Magnifiers and Readers

The Screen Magnifiers Homepage GREAT SITE!!!! Start here if you need information on screen magnification! Maybe some of you, have read my article about "structuring the adaptive mess on the Internet" in some disability releted e-mail listings. With the screen magnifier homepage I want to show, that it is possible to bring information about a special subject together on one site.If you are planning to buy a screen magnifier or want to know if there is an update of your screen magnifier, you can visit this site and you find the information. Maybe some of you, have read my article about "structuring the adaptive mess on the Internet" in some disability releted e-mail listings. With the screen magnifier homepage I want to show, that it is possible to bring information about a special subject together on one site.If you are planning to buy a screen magnifier or want to know if there is an update of your screen magnifier, you can visit this site and you find the information.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Ai Squared Low Vision Software  Ai Squared are the developers of the popular ZoomText andr VisAbility. Zoomtext is a computer screen enlargement program.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes) Freedom Scientific April, 2000, Freedom Scientific raised venture capital funds and proceeded to acquire and merge the Blazie Engineering, Henter-Joyce and Arkenstone businesses, forming its Blind/Low Vision Group. The three businesses were integrated operationally in July-August, 2000, with group headquarters and software development located in St. Petersburg and the hardware products plant in Stuart, Florida. The Learning Systems Group markets the WYNN product line and remains in Mountain View, California.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)GW MICRO, INC.  We offer a variety of software and hardware solutions for our visually impaired clients such as Window-Eyes, Vocal-Eyes, Sounding Board, Speak-Out, Desktop and Laptop Computer Systems.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)PC WholeWare Home Page   Welcome to PC WholeWare: MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION and TEXT-TO-SPEECH products for MS-Windows

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)ALVA Access Group, Inc. The  inventors of software for blind and visually impaired computer users They produce  outSpoken and inLARGE.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Echo Speech Corporation Echo Corporation focuses on designing and manufacturing DSP based audio software and hardware . The Company also has a speech technology R&D group which develops host-based voice products. Echo introduced its first PC sound board in 1980.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)JBliss Imaging Systems  JBliss Imaging Systems, founded in 1994, is a market leader in the development, marketing and support of PC-based systems and interface application software products for low vision and severely visually-impaired individuals. In addition, JBliss intends to develop and facilitate technology that will provide low vision individuals with access to the rapidly growing stream of content information, such as printed material, electronic CD-ROMs, on-line services and the Internet.


Windows and other Graphic Interfaces


Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Windows Guides for Visually Impaired Users   Information on books by Sarah Morlwy to teach the use of Windows Cocepts to blind and visually impaired users.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Microsoft Accessibility    Welcome to Microsoft's Accessibility and Disabilities Web site. We hope you'll find here information about what we're doing and the tools that can help you remove barriers and make the world more accessible.

Accessibility Options in Windows 95

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Improving GUI Accessibility for People with Low Vision  We present UnWindows V1, a set of tools designed to assist low vision users of X Windows in effectively accomplishing two mundane yet critical interaction tasks: selectively magnifying areas of the screen so that the contents can be seen comfortably, and keeping track of the location of the mouse pointer.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes) Apple Computers and Disabilities  For some people reading text on the computer screen is difficult or tiring. For others it is impossible. Apple has solutions to help both groups as well as people in-between. Software applications and hardware are available that will make the text on the screen larger, clearer, or brighter. There are also screen readers that speak the words out loud in a variety of voices eliminating the need to see or read the screen.


Voice Recognition

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Dragon Systems Speech and Voice Recognition Software, Dragon Systems, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of speech and language technology, including award-winning speech recognition software. Dragon's goal is to "humanize" the interface between people and machines by expanding the use of speech, which is the most natural and efficient way for people to communicate.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Robotron  We are researchers in the fields of applied speech synthesis and optical character recognition; we apply our research to manufacture a wide range of assistive technology devices including talking personal computers, reading machines, Braille translation software and talking mobility devices. We are proud to be pioneers and trend-setters in this field.

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Sighted Electronics   Providers of computer systems and adaptive technology for persons with blindness or visual impairments

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Adaptive Technology Resource Center - Vision Technology Service  The mission of the Vision Technology Service is to bring together people and technology as a means of enhancing the work, school and home life of persons with a visual disability. Although the service authorizes visual devices only, we are able to accommodate persons who may have other disabilities as our team includes an occupational therapist. We also have access to a wide variety of alternative computer devices.

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AHEAD Home   AHEAD is an independent voluntary organisation working to promote full access to, participation in, benefit from and contribution to Third Level Education by people with disabilities in Ireland, North and South.

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True type fonts   True type fonts which  can be downloaded, using a binary transfer, for use with Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. Refer to your Windows documentation for installing the new fonts.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Closing The Gap  Closing The Gap is an internationally recognized source for information on innovative applications of microcomputer technology in special education and rehabilitation.


Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Braille & Your Computer--The Basics  If you have a personal computer, you already own most of what you need to do your own Braille. You need just two more items: Translation software and a Braille printer. Braille translators exist for every popular computer--from the Apple II family to the Mac to MS-DOS to Windows.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)COMPUTER CENTER FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE  The Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP), established in 1978 at Baruch College, CUNY, was one of the first organizations to use computers to help equalize opportunities for people with severe visual impairments.

Keyboard Modification

BulletHooleon  Custom imprint or color your keys for your special need. Add inexpensive key-top label stickers to your keyboard, minimizing eye strain or low vision. Make your keyboard more enjoyable to use.

Bullet Datacal DataCal is an authorized reseller for Cherry Keyboards and Discreet Keyboards (Discreet Logic Keyboards). We carry the complete line of Cherry keyboards including keyboards with trackball, mag card readers, and mini keyboards. In addition, we can customize any of the Cherry keyboards with replacement keys, custom overlays, or templates.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Keyboard Alternatives & Vision Solutions  Keyboard Alternatives & Vision Solutions is a supplier of adaptive equipment for individuals with work-related injuries or with physical or visual impairments.

BulletInnovation Management Group, Inc. IMG is dedicated to innovative ideas and turning those ideas into real-world solutions that provide value, increase productivity, and enhance technology.Innovation Management Group's My-T-Pen, My-T-Soft, and My-T-Touch Onscreen Keyboards (often called a soft keyboard, touchscreen or onscreen virtual keyboard), and TouchRight Utilities are designed to provide complete control over ALL Windows functions just like a traditional physical keyboard or membrane panel, with the additional benefit of being fully programmable, sizable, and integral with any application. Written at the same level as Windows, IMG utilities can control ALL Windows functions (including Ctrl/Alt/Del and Windows or Network Logons) and applications, on ANY pen or touch system. And, unlike physical keyboards or membranes, they are fully programmable, virtually indestructible, and can be opened, sized, positioned, or closed at any time to provide better operator control and security.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Pac Mate by Freedom Scientific The world's first accessible Pocket PC device, PAC Mate provides access to everyday Windows-based desktop data and software applications. By utilizing JAWS® for the Braille and speech output, the 8-dot keyboard in the BNS model works like a personal data assistant. Run Pocket PC versions of popular software programs to manage your information internally or sync up and share data with other devices. Surf the Internet and send and receive email with the addition of a modem. PAC Mate is the definitive handheld computer for those who are blind.


Electronic Gaming

Condensered.gif (846 bytes) Welcome to the future of audio gaming. Computer games have been around for decades. Unfortunately the graphics revolution has left some of us without much access to the newest, most exciting games, until now. Enter Bavisoft, who has amazingly and irrevocably changed the gaming industry. Introducing audio games powered purely with cd-quality sound imagery, Bavisoft has launched itself into the forefront of computer games for the blind and visually impaired. With the use of professional musicians and voice talent, Bavisoft provides game players with unparalleled music and sound quality. Our flagship title, Grizzly Gulch Western Extravaganza is an exciting mix of action and adventure set in the American Wild West.

Code Factory Code Factory creates products including games specially designed for blind users.

 All in Play. Online Poker for the visually-impaired: Welcome to All inPlay -- the only place on the Internet where the visually impaired and the sighted can play games together as equals. All inPlay levels the playing field by creating completely accessible online games. No special accommodations. No special rules. No special handicapping. Just elegant, well-designed games providing fun, community, and friendship, worldwide.


 General Interface Design


Condensered.gif (846 bytes)The Sensory Disabilities Research Unit (SDRU)   The Sensory Disabilities Research Unit (SDRU)   has been set up in 1993 within the Psychology Department of the University of Hertfordshire to study how new technologies can assist in overcoming the problems faced by disabled and elderly people in their day to day lives.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Accessibility Issues InfoUse and other key national sources have developed materials on principles of accesible design, along with some specific guidelines.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Archimedes Project   Equality of opportunity, equal access to accommodations, and equality before the law are recognized as basic American principles. These principles entail another: equal access to information. Project Archimedes seeks to promote equal access to information for individuals with disabilities by influencing the early design stages of tomorrow's computer-based technology. ns.

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General Information on Access

AbilityHub Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers


Regional Programs

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Microcomputer Science Centre Microscience, a Canadian company, supplies a variety of technological adaptations particularly in operation of computers.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Modern World Data Ltd - Modern World Data Ltd supplies a wide range of specialist IT equipment for blind and partially sighted people and offers sales, service, training and backup on all of its products.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Adapted Computer Technologies  Adapted Computer Technologies SPECIALIZES in systems integration and training of computer assisted devices to all individuals with disabilities, rehabilitation / vocational counselors and employers of persons with disABILITIES.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Frontier Computing Frontier Computing over the past ten years has become the leading distributor in Canada of access technology to thousands of visually impaired and blind Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.

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