Books-To-Burn is a text- to-speech file for making books on CD on an Apple computer. "Books2burn translates text files into a series of audio files (Apple AIFF format) which can then be converted to mp3's or other formats using programs like LAME, iTunes, or other tools available around the net. The program is released under the GNU GPL. Feel free to copy and modify the program."
JAWS for Windows
JAWS–an acronym for "Jobs Access With Speech" is the most widely–used screen–reader. It uses a software speech synthesizer, "Eloquence for JAWS," that can pronounce American English, British English, Brazilian, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Finnish, French, German, and Italian.
IBM Home Page Reader
IBM Home Page Reader is a talking Web browser that uses speech to aid users in exploring the Internet. Home Page Reader's visual user interface and easy to learn keyboard navigation also make it a popular accessibility test tool for Web developers.
Window Eyes, another widely–used screen–reader, has versions that work with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It supports multiple users, over 50 speech synthesizers, and over 40 Braille displays.
LookOUT has versions that work with Windows 98, ME, 2000, and NT. There is also a DUAL version that both reads the screen and magnifies the screen up to 9 times.
LinkCLASSIC and LinkPLUS
LinkCLASSIC and LinkPLUS are both full–sized keyboards that speak as you type or scan. Medicare–approved Speech Generating Devices (SGD), they give a voice to individuals who have suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, or who have acquired ALS or other speech disorders.
Hal Screen Reader
Hal works with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000 and XP. It provides a choice of 2 speech synthesizers: Dolphin Orpheus Speech System and Microsoft's MSAPI Speech Synthesizer. It will pronounce words in English (UK and USA), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Latin and Castilian) and Swedish. It will also provide Grade 1 or Grade 2 Braille.
WebbIE is a free program that allows web pages to be read as simple text.
Sensus Talking Internet Browser
This talking browser has an internal speech synthesizer (which is software based and uses the computer's sound card), navigation via the keyboard, and dynamic document translation. It requires either Windows 95 or 98.
Braillesurf 4, developed by Inserm Inova, is an internet browser that works with Windows 95, 98, NT, and 2000, and has English, French, and Spanish versions. It analyzes the web page's source code and represents the content in text form that can be displayed on a braille bar or spoken by a speech synthesizer.
Duxbury Braille Translator
This software provides print–to–braille and braille–to–print translations. There are versions for Windows, MS–DOS, and Apple MacIntosh.
EIA Web Browser
EAI (Enhancing Internet Access) is a "specialized Web Browser, suitable for touchscreen systems, with fully integrated Web awareness, assessment and training modules."
"Using WinBraille, you can create your document in Word. The text is automatically formatted according to the original page format, or the user can select a custom Braille translation, or format. This information is then translated into Braille. Braille pages can be viewed on the screen prior to printing, in both text and Braille, or the Braille can be transmitted automatically to the embosser without the user seeing the Braille translation process." WinBraille works in windows environments including 98/ME, Windows NT/2000, & XP Pro/XP Home.
"Lightwriters are small, portable, text–to–speech communication aids engineered for people with speech impairments. Its dual display, choice of keyboard layouts and languages, and long battery life make it a good choice for many individuals."
The Visio PC includes a 21 inch monitor, magnification software, and a reading camera.
LunarPlus Screen Magnifier with added speech
"LunarPlus Enhanced Screen Magnifier offers people with a visual impairment the same invaluable features as Lunar Screen Magnifier but with the added advantage of speech output. Any text on screen is read out so not only you can check for accuracy as you type in documents or emails but you can also hear information on menus and web pages."
The Magnifier is software that provides an "Area Screen Magnifier for Windows 3.x, 95, 98, NT, and Windows 2000. The software supports 2 times through 10 times magnification, may be sized as needed or positioned anywhere on screen, and has several features such as Auto–Position. . ."
Level 1 provides 2x to 16x magnification. Level 2 provides synchronized magnification and screen reading. ZoomText works with Windows XP, ME, 2000, NT4, 98 and 95.There is also a version for DOS.
The Kurzweil 1000 is a system for scanning books and other printed material into a computer and then speaking it aloud through a synthesizer.
Cicero Text Reader
Cicero Text Reader is software that "effectively takes your computer and scanner and turns them into a reading machine for people with a visual impairment. Printed text documents are placed on the scanner and can then be translated into speech, Braille or simply held as a text document which can be adjusted, saved, edited and printed out."
This software set allows books and other material that has been scanned to be translated into text, even if the words in the printed material has been embedded in graphics. The text can be pronounced aloud by a voice synthesizer that is included. It can create both MP3 and WAV sound formats as well .brf and .brl Grade II Braille formats.
This machine scans and translates text from books and other printed matter into speech.
This document reader includes a DEC talk Voice, an OCR reader, a flat bed scanner, a computer, and a screen reader.
This compact machine (19.3 x 12.8 x 3.5 inches) used a flat bed scanner, a text recognition program, and a speech synthesizer. Internal hard disk provides for considerable storage of text.
VERA is a stand–alone reading machine that "takes a picture of your printed material with its scanner and then reads the text in crisp, clear speech through an internal synthesizer."
Click–N–Type Virtual Keyboard version 3
Click–N–Type is free software that works with windows and DOS applications. It shows a virtual keyboard on the screen for those people who cannot type on a computer's physical keyboard.
This software "enables convenient operation of GUI environment by means of keyboard only (mouseless operation). With QPointer running, the keyboard starts functioning as an absolute and relative pointing device. . . . It allows operation of the whole computer without taking hands off the keyboard."
"Flexiboard is an entirely new alternative keyboard with a built–in optical overlay–detection method — the keyboard always detects which overlay is placed on top of the keyboard. Because overlays can be changed without commands to the computer, the user can handle a large range of overlays independently."
KeyStrokes 3.6 for the Mac
"KeyStrokes is a fully–functional advanced virtual on–screen keyboard that allows you to type with a mouse, trackball, head pointer or other mouse emulator to type characters into any standard Macintosh application. KeyStrokes provides advanced multilingual word prediction. ...it can do word completion, next word prediction and even multi–word prediction in any Roman language as well as many other languages....It can be used with a keyboard, mouse, trackball, head pointer, touch screen, or other mouse emulator. For those who can position the pointer, but not click the mouse buttons, the integrated Dwellix™ system–wide dwell–based utility allows mouse button clicks to be entered by simply holding the cursor motionless for a programmable period of time. You can even type without clicking."
Dwell Clicker is a free utility for people who can move the mouse but have difficulty clicking the mouse buttons. "Dwelling is resting the mouse over one area of the screen for a specified time. The dwell click software allows you to perform left–click, right–click and double clicks, and even drag things around the screen."
"Dasher is a data entry interface incorporating language modelling and driven by continuous two–dimensional gestures, e.g. a mouse, a stylus, or eye–tracker. Tests have shown that, after an hour of practice, novice users reach a writing speed of about 20 words per minute while taking dictation. Experienced users achieve writing speeds of about 34 words per minute, compared with typical ten–finger keyboard typing of 40–60 words per minute. Although the interface is slower than a conventional keyboard, it is simple to use, and could be used on personal data assistants and by motion–impaired computer users. Dasher can readily be used to enter text from any alphabet."
Braille In Keyboard
"Most blind people use a standard QUERTY keyboard when working with a computer. In a number of cases when it comes to editing Braille writing mathematics or music Braille for example using a Braille keyboard makes more sense. An ergonomically designed Braille keyboard like Braille In will ease your work even when working with long documents."
BigKeys LX and BigKeys Plus have keys that are 4 times as large as the typical keyboard. They work with both PCs and Macs.
Magic Wand Keyboard
According to its web site, the Magic Wand Keyboard "Needs No Strength—No Reach—No Dexterity. The Magic Wand Keyboard is a miniature computer keyboard, with a built–in mouse, which allows anyone with a disability who has limited or no hand/arm movement to fully access any IBM or Apple Macintosh computer. It is the only computer keyboard, and mouse, that requires no strength. This mini computer keyboard works with the touch of a wand (hand–held or mouthstick). It requires absolutely no force. Using only the slightest hand or head motion, the keyboard allows people with disabilities easy access to the Internet, e–mail, and all computer programs."
VirtualKeyboard for the Mac
VirtualKeyboard is an on–screen keyboard that offers point–and–click typing using pointing devices such as a head pointer, mouse, trackball, etc. This program is designed primarily for disabled person but it can be used also to teach the children to write, to prepare kiosk environments, etc. To use VirtualKeyboard simply click on the keys on the on–screen keyboard, each keypress will be sent to the active or front–most application. As with a real keyboard, to get uppercase characters you click Shift first, or to type in all uppercase, click Lock. Similarly, the other qualifier keys work as expected, they even work outside of VirtualKeyboard.
Eyegaze Communication System
This assistive technology enables people to use their eyes to operate a computer, communicate, operate a telephone, etc. "Its users include people with ALS (MND), brain injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, spinal muscular atrophy, strokes and Werdnig–Hoffman syndrome."
"VisionKey combines a viewer mounted on a pair of standard frames with a small control unit. An eye tracker and a microcomputer measure the position of the eye and when a selection is made, it appears on the control unit LCD and on the computer. Users look at a specific word, letter or character on the chart in front of their eye and "type" by holding their gaze until a selection is confirmed by a green highlight and a beep."
Assistive Mouse Adapter
"The Assistive Mouse Adapte ... works by filtering out the unintentional movements of the hand caused by a tremor. The effect of the adapter is much smoother movement of the cursor on the screen and greatly improved accuracy of mouse operation. The adapter works with most PCs and operating systems. No additional software is required; the device is simply plugged in between the computer and the mouse and can be switched on or off, and adjusted depending on the tremor severity. It can also be set to filter out unintended multiple clicking on the mouse."
"Tracer gives mouse control to people with Quadriplegia, CP, MD, MS, ALS, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and any other disability where you lack the hand control to use a standard mouse but retain good head movement. Tracer uses a small gyroscope to sense the user's motion. The gyroscope communicates wirelessly with the computer via an FCC Certified RF (radio frequency) connection, which solves all of the problems of the IR (Infrared) connection..."
"Mouse for Quadriplegics with all of the functions of a standard 5 button mouse wheel mouse."
"HeadMaster Plus is a head pointing system which provides full mouse control of computers to persons who cannot use their hands but who have good head control. Moving one's head moves the cursor on the screen. Activating the puff switch or other external switch makes selections. On–screen keyboards such as WiViK allow for word processing and other text entry.... Compatible with Macintosh, IBM 2 or 3 button serial mouse, or IBM PS/2 mouse."
Smart–Nav AT Package
"This hands free cursor control system is an assistive technology breakthrough for people with ALS, spinal cord injuries, and other people with disabilities who require a hands free mouse alternative. . . . The Smart–Nav AT Hands Free Mouse is a hardware and software bundle that comes with all the features normally seen on devices that cost five times as much, including: Real time head tracking, Built in dwell clicking, Switch clicking capability, On–screen virtual keyboard, Compatibility with all recent windows platforms, [and] Fully customizable software."
HeadMouse, a wireless head–pointing device, comes in versions for both desktop and portable computers, and for both Macs and PCs. A Sip and Puff Switch is also available.
"HeadMaster Plus is a headpointing system that takes the place of a mouse. Just move your head and the mouse cursor moves on the screen. Puff on the tube to make selections."
NaturalPoint Head–Tracking Mouse Alternative
The Smart–Nav is a hands–free mouse alternative that connects to the computer through a USB port. "The ergonomic Smart–Nav™ provides precise cursor control through simple head movement allowing your hands to remain on your keyboard, or at your side."
Tracker 2000 "allows you to smoothly move the cursor on the computer simply by moving your head, regardless of your disability. Tracker 2000 sits on top of the computer and tracks a tiny reflective 'dot' worn on your forehead or glasses. When you move your head, Tracker 2000 elegantly converts that into computer mouse movement."