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Assistive Technology

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JAWS - Job Access with Speech

A powerful screen reader for Windows.

  • Two multi-lingual synthesizer, Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive, with voices for over 30 different languages.
  • Works with Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Firefox and more, supports Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, including touch screens and gestures.
  • Provides contracted Braille input from your Braille keyboard.
  • OCR feature provides access to the text of PDF documents, even those with scanned images that are reported as empty documents by screen readers.



A built-in screen reader for OS X (Mac) and iOS in over 30 languages.

  • Tells users what is on their screens and walks them through actions like selecting menu options or activating buttons on keyboard or trackpad.
  • Deeply integrated into OS X, so accessible apps work with VoiceOver instantly.
  • Gives complete control of the users' Mac through the same gestures Mac users would use regularly (touching trackpad, flicking to move to next item, or dragging to hear continuously.
  • Provides plug-and-play support for refreshable Braille displays. OS X includes software drivers for more than 50 USB and wireless Braille displays, so they work right out of the box.
  • A feature called braille display mirroring lets you connect up to 32 USB braille displays simultaneously to a single Mac. So in a meeting or class, you can present what’s on your screen to multiple braille users at the same time — in much the same way sighted users project their screens.

VoiceOver is built into OS X and iOS - there's no need to do anything but turn it on.

Duxbury Braille Translator

Provides translation and formatting facilities to automate the process of conversion from regular print to braille (and vice versa), and also provides word-processing facilities for working directly in the braille as well as the print.

  • Allows you to create highly accurate braille for school books and teaching materials, office memos, bus schedules, personal letters, signs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and more.
  • Simple to use--beginners learn in just minutes. Yet its depth, power and accuracy are such that it is used by most of the major braille production centers throughout the world.
  • Math/Science Code and Computer Braille translation for American, UEB, British, and French Braille.
  • Built-in interline printing to have ink-braille and print together.
  • Embossing to all major braille printers; the first page may be a "banner" for job identification by personnel who don't read braille.

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