Visual Assistance

Visual

Is it hard to read small text on your phone or computer? Make it bigger with a variety of tools.

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Magnification

Magnification software enlarges the computer screen for better visibility.

ZoomText for Windows
  • Magnification up to 36x
  • Document and screen reader
  • Visual enhancements
  • Available on a USB flash drive to use it on the go
iZoom for Windows
  • Magnification up to 36x
  • Basic screen reader
  • Available on a USB flash drive
  • No installation required
MAGic for Windows
  • Magnification up to 36x
  • Dual monitor solution for low vision
  • Requires basic training in accessible text and audio
Windows 7 Screen Magnification (PDF)
  • Full-screen magnifier
  • Magnification up to 1600%
  • Easy to use
  • Activated with the keyboard or an icon on the Start Menu
Mac Screen Magnification
  • Full-screen built-in Zoom
  • Magnifies up to 40 times
  • Activated with the keyboard, the trackpad gestures or the mouse

Text-to-Speech

Text-to-speech software reads the text aloud that is displayed on the screen.

NaturalReader for Windows and Mac
  • Basic text-to-speech program
  • Magnication up to 72 point font or 200% 
  • Read text files, Web pages and e-mails
  • Free version available
GhostReader for Mac
  • Macintosh only
  • Easy text-to-speech program
  • Font size (zoom up to 24 point)
  • Highlights as it reads
  • 30-day trial available
TextEdit for Mac
  • Built into the Macintosh 
  • Simple text-to-speech feature
  • Enlarge font for easy reading
Adobe Reader for Windows or Mac
  • Built-in Read Out Loud feature
  • Reads accessible PDFs
  • Features zoom for enlarging text
TextHelp Read & Write Gold for Windows
  • Advanced text-to-speech program
  • Features many study tools
  • DAISY books reader
  • PDFaloud tool for reading PDF documents
TextHelp Read & Write Gold for Mac
  • Customized tool bar 
  • Various study tools
  • DAISY book reader
  • PDFaloud tool for reading PDF documents
Kurzweil 3000 for Windows
  • Advance text-to-speech program
  • Multiple choices for highlighting text
  • Magnification up to 500%
  • DAISY book reader
  • Brainstorming tool
  • Outlining tool for writing papers
Kurzweil 3000 for Mac
  • Advance text-to-speech program
  • Magnification up to 500%
  • Text extraction from files or documents
  • Audio file conversion

Scan and Read Aloud

Scan and read software scans in documents, converts the text to printed or electronic text into synthesized speech.

Kurzweil 1000 for Windows
  • Create and edit documents
  • Send files to Braille note takers, embossers as well as portable devices
  • 30-day trial available
OpenBook for Windows
  • Create MP3 or WAV formats
  • Choose voice rate and pitch
  • Save or open files from a notetaker
  • Emboss Grade II Braille without additional software
  • Free demo CD available

Screen Reader

Screen readers read text that is displayed on the computer screen.

JAWS for Windows
  • Robust screen reader
  • Supports scripting
  • Free training available
Window-Eyes for Windows
NVDA for Windows
  • Free open source screen reader
  • Download  
  • Portable version available
Mac Voiceover
  • Advanced screen-reading technology
  • Integrated into the Mac OS X operating system

Built-in Additional Features

Windows 7 Microsoft Outlook 2010

Mobile Apps for iOS and Android

  • Sendero GPS ($4.99, iOS/Android) - An accessible GPS app for the blind.
  • AroundMe (free, iOS/Android) - Gives a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are.
  • AidColors ($1.99, iOS) -Allows visually impaired to identify the color of objects.
  • ColoredEye ($0.99, iOS) - Identifies colors from your camera in real-time.
  • TapTapSee (free, iOS) - Take a photo of an object by double-tapping the screen and identify it instantly.
  • VizWiz (free, iOS) -Allows blind users to recruit remote sighted workers to help them with visual problems in nearly real-time.
  • Read2Go ($19.99, iOS) - The most accessible DAISY ebook reader app for iOS.
  • LookTel Money Reader ($9.99, iOS) -This app enables blind and visually impaired people to quickly identify and count bills.

For a more comprehensive list of the mobile apps, visit Mobile Solutions.

Equipment

The following products can magnify text or read it aloud on a portable device. Demonstrations are available upon request.

Desktop CCTV  Desktop CCTV

Portable CCTV Portable CCTV

Handheld magnifier Handheld Magnifier

Digital book player Digital Book Players