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INDEX TO ADAPTIVE COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE

Last revision: November 12, 2002

This list is intended as a quick-reference index to a wide variety of adaptive computer hardware and software, as well as many other sorts of adaptive equipment for blind or visually handicapped people, including magnifiers and reading machines. It also includes references to retailers and other sources of information about all sorts of adaptive equipment. Given the rapid growth of the field, the Index cannot be comprehensive; it is as up to date as I can make it, but inevitably there will be dead links and some outdated models of equipment. For each category, however, it does cover most of the the spectrum of possibilities.

AUDIO

Biolink Accessible MP3 Player.
http://www.biolink.bc.ca/txtindex.htm

BRAILLE DISPLAYS/BRAILLE INPUT

ALVA 544 Satellite: HumanWare.
http://www.humanware.com/main.html

Braille Lite M20 and M40: notetakers with 20- and 40-cell refreshable braille displays: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers.asp

Braille Lite 40: notetaker with 40-cell refreshable braille display: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_bl40.asp

Braille Lite 2000: notetaker and 18-cell refreshable braille display: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_bl2000.asp

BrailleStream: Adaptive Innovations: braille output for call centers.
http://www.adaptiveinno.com

Braille Voyager 44 and Braille Voyager 70, from Tiemans: HumanWare.
http://www.humanware.com/main.html

Braillex EL, EL 2D-80, EL-80, EL-2d 40, EL-2d 66, EL 40p, Tiny, Braille In: (all from Papenmeier): Sighted Electronics:
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Delphi MultiMedia 440 and 480: HumanWare.
http://www.humanware.com/main.html

Eureka A4Professional Upgrade: Robotron.
VirTouch:http://www.robotron.net.au/eureka.htm

Optacon: C. A. Technology, Inc. is developing an updated, portable version of the Optacon reading maching for the blind, the P2RD, that will incorporate a digital camera, optical character recognition and speech output as well as the tactile output that endeared the Optacon to so many users.

Power Braille 40: Ai Squared.
http://www.aisquared.com

SuperBraille 2000: laptop with keyboard and braille display: Advanced Access Devices.
http://www.aadbrl.com/description.htm

Type Lite: notetaker and 40-cell refreshable braille display: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_tl.asp

VideoTIM, a video camera and a refreshable display of 256 tactile dots.
http://www.abtim.de/Home__E_/home__e_.html

Refreshable braille graphic display with 3,072 pins; has zoom and scroll functions.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20020423b6.htm

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a "prototype graphic display [that] conveys scanned illustrations, map outlines or other graphical images to the fingertips, and can translate images displayed on Internet Web pages or in electronic books. It uses refreshable tactile graphic display technology, allowing a person to feel a succession of images on a reusable surface."
http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/factsheet/visualdisplay.htm

BRAILLE PRINTERS/EMBOSSERS

Basic-D: Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Basic-S: Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Braille Blazer: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/embossers_blazer.asp [2/01]

Everest: Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Impacto-600: Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Index 4X4 Pro: Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Ohtsuki BT-5000: prints braille and print simultaneously.
http://www.atcbrleqp.com/ohtsuki.htm

Porta-Thiel: Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Porta-Thiel Interpoint: Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

TranSend LT: produces print and braille on same page: Enabling Technologies.
http://www.brailler.com

Tiger Advantage: tactile graphics and braille on same sheet: ViewPlus.
http://viewplustech.com [2/01]

VersaPoint Duo Interpoint Embosser with Speech: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/embossers_duo.asp [2/01]

Resource Directory: National Library Service, "Braille Embossers" (2000).
http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/circulars/brailleembossers.html

BRAILLE TRANSLATION

BrailleMaster Braille Publishing Software: Robotron.
http://www.robotron.net.au
http://www.braillemaster.com

Duxbury.

ED-IT PC.
http://www.c-a-s.com/editpc/index.htm

Cipher: Dolphin Computer Access.
http://dolphinusa.com

Mavis mathematics braille translation software.
http://www.nmsu.edu/~mavis/eqip3_10.html

Megadots.

NFBTrans.

Pokadot.
http://home.pacifier.com/~lend/

Sensus Braille: Multilingual, Bi-directional, 6- and 8-dot braille translation.
http://www.sensus.dk/braille.htm

CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION MAGNIFIERS (CCTV)

Aladdin Classic: color and black and white models: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Companion : Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Genie Pro: works with computer: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Pro+: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Pro 75: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Rainbow: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Rainbow Pro: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Ultra: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Aladdin Ultra Pro 75: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Ash Products: handheld CCTV magnifiers: TviZoom, Liberty, OPTi, Liberty Plus; table model, Prisma.
http://www.ashtech.ie

Black & White Auto-Focus 1200: Vision Technology.
http://www.freedommachines.com

CLARITY: CLARITY Solutions.
http://www.clarityaf.com

CLARITY AF SVGA: works with computer.
http://www.clarityaf.com

CLARITY Classmate: Clarity Solutions.
http://www.clarityaf.com

CLARITY SVGA Flex: Clarity Solutions: uses computer video monitor.
http://www.clarityaf.com

CLARITY Travelmate: Clairty Solutions.
http://www.clarityaf.com

Clearview: Star, Spectrum and Bright models: Tieman.
http://www.tiemanuk.co.uk/products/cctv.htm

ClearView 700: Optelec.
http://www.optelec.com/

Closeup: magnifies and speaks text: BreaTech: http://www.larrydass.mcmail.com/page2.htm

Color Auto-Focus 2000: Vision Technology.
http://www.freedommachines.com

COLOR-EYE: OVAC.
http://www.ovac.com/models.htm

Excel Color Video Magnifier with Computer Link: Vision Technology.
http://www.freedommachines.com

500 Color and 200 B&W, handheld CCTV's: Vision Technology.
http://www.freedommachines.com

FLEX-EYE: OVAC.
http://www.ovac.com/models.htm

Freedom Machine 1700 Color: Vision Technology.
http://www.freedommachines.com

Freedom Vision Prisma: Freedom Vision.
http://www.freedomvision.net/

GOLDEN-EYE: OVAC.
http://www.ovac.com/models.htm

Keeler NuVision: head-mounted: A. T. Kratter.
http://www.atkratter.com/mags/keeler/nuvision.htm

Liberty: portable: Freedom Vision.
http://www.freedomvision.net/

Liberty Plus: Freedom Vision.
http://www.freedomvision.net/

Magni-Cam TRIAD: Innoventions, Inc.: displays on portable monitor, head-mounted display, television monitor or computer monitor.
http://www.magnicam.com/magnicam/

Magnilink: Sighted Electronics, Inc.
http://www.sighted.com

Millennium: VideoEye.
http://videoeyecorp.com/

Millennium II: VideoEye.
http://videoeyecorp.com/

MiniViewer: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com/

Optelec: black and white, color and computer compatible magnifiers.
http://www.optelec.com/

OPTI: notebook PC-compatible: Freedom Vision.
http://www.freedomvision.net/

Outlook Color: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com/

OVAC: handheld and desktop readers.
http://www.ovac.com/models.htm

Primer: low-cost CCTV; Magnicam.
http://www.magnicam.com/Primer.html

Prisma: Ash Products: handheld CCTV magnifiers.
http://www.ashtech.ie

Scan and View converts a computer and scanner into a CCTV: Premier Programming Solutions.
http://www.premier-programming.com/

Smartview: works with computer: Pulse Data.
http://www.pulsedata.co.nz

SuperVista: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com/

Talking Table (reading machine and coffee table): Brea Technical.
http://www.larrydass.mcmail.com/page7.htm

Tru-View [available from ILA].

Ash Products: handheld CCTV magnifiers: TviZoom.
http://www.ashtech.ie

VideoEye: VideoEye.
http://videoeyecorp.com/

VisAbility: ZoomText [not a CCTV; uses scanner and PC for magnification].
http://www.zoomtext.com

Vista PCI: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com/

VM600: camera only: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com/

VM700: camera only: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com/

ZACC: OVAC.
http://www.ovac.com/models.htm

ZACC-BW: OVAC.
http://www.ovac.com/models.htm

E-MAIL

PwEMail: isSound.
http://issound.com/

Talking E-mail Version 2.0: 4Developers.
http://www.4developers.com/talkmail/

GAMES

Accessible Games.
http://www.gamesfortheblind.com/

Audyssey Magazine for blind gamers.
http://www.geocities.com/sbobbitt21/audall.html

Bavisoft.
http://www.bavisoft.com/

The Darkside: text-based computer games.
http://user.mc.net/pb357/opgames.html

ESP Softworks.
http://www.espsoftworks.com/

Free Speech Friendly BaseBall for Win95/98.
http://www.toad.net/~quinnbf/bball.htm

GMA Games.
http://www.gmagames.com/

KChess: three levels of chess games.
http://www.arkangles.com/kchess/

Jim Kitchen writes computer games for both DOS and Windows.
http://www.simcon.net/jkitchen/

Personal Computer Systems.
http://www.pcsgames.net/

Speech Friendly Games: Monopoly and dice.
http://user.mc.net/pb357/games_html/games.html

Zform writes interactive online games.
http://zform.com/home.html

The VI Guide to computer guide lists other accessible games and discusses what makes a mainstream game accessible.
http://www.viguide.com/entgames.htm

HARDWARE, ACCESSIBLE

Casco Products: wireless keyboard with numeric keypad (Model ACK240RF), suitable for use with screen readers.
http://www.casco.com/keyboards.htm

Cyberlink MindMouse: uses brainwaves.
http://www.keyalt.com/pointdevices/mindmouse.htm

Hooleon Corporation: braille, large print and combination braille/large print keyboard overlays:
http://www.hooleon.com/

Kid Glove: large print and high visibility keyboard overlays.
http://www.kidglove.co.uk/ecomms/index.asp

Screen Rover: tactile motorized mouse: Betacom.
http://www.betacom.com/optic/screen.html

SuperBraille 2000: laptop with keyboard and braille display: Advanced Access Devices.
http://www.aadbrl.com/

TouchSense tactile feedback mouse: Immersion.
http://www.immersion.com/products/ce/bw.shtml

Virtual Touch System: combines mouse and braille display: VirTouch Ltd.
http://www.virtouch.co.il/

MAILING LISTS

Webwatch: WWW and disabilities: to subscribe, send mail to with the phrase in the body of the message

Blindgamers: all types of computer games: to subscribe, send a blank email to: blindgamers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

NOTETAKERS

Aria Braille Palmtop: Robotron.
http://www.robotron.net.au

Braille Lite M20 and M40: notetakers with 20- and 40-cell refreshable braille displays: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers.asp

Braille Lite 40: notetaker with 40-cell refreshable braille display: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_bl40.asp

Braille Lite 2000: notetaker and 18-cell refreshable braille display: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_bl2000.asp

BrailleNote: Humanware.
http://www.braillenote.com/

Braille 'n Speak: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_bns.asp

Type Lite: notetaker and 40-cell refreshable braille display: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_tl.asp

Type 'n Speak: Freedom Scientific. http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/notetakers_tns.asp

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Apple.
http://www.apple.com/disability/

Linux Handicap Accessibility.
http://cmos-eng.rehab.uiuc.edu/accessx/

Microsoft.
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/

ZipSpeak: speaking version of Linux.
http://www.linux-speakup.org/ftp/disks/slackware/zipspeak/
to download: ftp://linux-speakup.org/pub/speakup/disks/slackware/zipspeak

READING MACHINES/OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION

OBR (optical braille recognition): Sighted Electronics.
http://www.sighted.com [2/01]

Aladdin Ambassador: stand-alone reading machine: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Cicero: Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com/

EzVIP software: Jbliss Imaging Systems.
http://www.jbliss.com/SW_Products.html

FineReader 6.0: Abby.
http://www.abbyy.com/

Galileo Reading System: Robotron.
http://www.robotron.net.au

Librette, complete system: Jbliss Imaging Systems.
http://www.jbliss.com/SW_Products.html

Portset Reader: Portset.
http://www.portset.co.uk/Reading.htm

Portset Reader: Technologies for the Visually Impaired.
http://www.tvi-web.com

Pronto: Robotron.
http://www.robotron.net.au/pronto.htm

Quicktionary Reading Pen: Seiko Instruments.
http://www.wizcomtech.com/products2/quicktionary2.php3

Rainbow Reading Machine: Robotron.
http://www.robotron.net.au

Reading AdvantEdge: software: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Reading Edge: stand-alone, portable: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

Reading Pen II: Wizcom Technologies.
http://www.wizcomtech.com/

Recognita: OCR software [will scan braille].
http://www.recognita.hu/

Scan-a-Word: BrightEye Technology.
http://brighteye.com/

Scan and Read Pro and Lite(both include a speech engine).
http://www.premier-programming.com/content/scanreadlite.html

Scan and Read to Go: portable reading machine: Premier Programming Solutions.
http://www.premier-programming.com/

Text Cloner: same as above but without speech engine.
http://www.premier-programming.com/content/textcloner.html

TypeReader:ExperVision.
http://www.expervision.com/tr6.htm

VIP software: Jbliss Imaging Systems.
http://www.jbliss.com/SW_Products.html

VisAbiity: enlarges output of scanner: Ai Squared.
http://www.aisquared.com/products/va.htm

SCREEN MAGNIFIERS

BEAM XVI for Linux X-Windows: screen magnifier and screen reader.
http://www.beam.ltd.uk/xvil/

BigShot: magnifies whole screen up to 200%: AiSquared.
http://www.bigshotmagnifier.com

Eye Relief: magnifier and word processor: SkiSoft, Inc.
http://www.skisoft.com

ezVIP: scanning and magnification: JBliss Imaging Systems.
http://jbliss.com/SW_Products.html

Gnopernicus: open source screen reader/magnifier.
http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap/AT/Gnopernicus/

InLARGE 2.1: for Macintosh.
http://www.alva-bv.nl/screenaccess/inlarge.asp

LP-DOS: GW Micro, Inc. [not listed anywhere on this site].
http://www.gwmicro.com

Large Print Windows 7.1: DOS, Windows 9x: Visionware Software, Inc.
http://www.largeprint.com

Large Print Windows with Speech 7.1: DOS, Windows 9x: Visionware Software, Inc.
http://www.largeprint.com

Lunar: Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com/

MAGic 8.0: for Windows 95/98/ME/NT: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_magic.asp

MAGic Deluxe.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/

Magnify It: freeware screen magnifier: Premier Programming Solutions.
http://www.premier-programming.com/

Magnum 95 {Windows 95 and 3.1; DOS).
Http://www.artictech.com

Magnus: Screen Reader.
http://www.screenreader.co.uk/magnice.htm

Make_It_Larger: enlarges text or image in Windows applications.
http://www.webspeakster.com/atec_ware.htm

Meta-Mouse: A Large PC Cursor: Cylex.
http://www.cylexinc.com/

ProVision32 for Windows NT 3.51/4.0, Windows 2000 Professional Version 3.x: Biolink.
http://www.biolink.bc.ca/txtindex.htm

Sensus.
http://www.sensus.dk/smaguk.htm

Supernova (includes Orpheus speech synthesizer; can be installed on network server): Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com/

Supervista: Windows 98, 95, 3.1, DOS: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

VIP: scanning and magnification: Jbliss Imaging Systems.
http://jbliss.com/SW_Products.html

Vista PCI: Windows NT, 98, 95, DOS: Telesensory.
http://www.telesensory.com

ZoomPower 1.1 Beta for Windows 95/98: shareware.
http://www.magnifiers.org

ZoomText for DOS: Ai Squared.
http://www.aisquared.com/

ZoomText Xtra 7.03: for Windows 95, 98, NT/2000: Ai Squared.
http://www.aisquared.com/

SCREEN READERS

ASAP (Automatic Screen Access Program) [for DOS]: MicroTalk.
http://www.microtalk.com/

ASAW (Automatic Screen Access for Windows: MicroTalk.
http://www.microtalk.com/

BEAM XVI for Linux: screen magnifier and screen reader.
http://www.beam.ltd.uk/xvil/

BrailleStream: Adaptive Innovations: speech output for call centers.
http://www.adaptiveinno.com

Connect Outloud: screen reader, speech and braille output: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_connect.asp

DRACULAwin: for Windows 95/98 and Office 97; supports voice (French) and braille: Eurobraille.
http://www.eurobraille.fr/

Emacspeak 16.0 (CleverDog): speech output for Unix/Linux, with extensions for a web browser, news reader, mail reader and terminal emulator; support for ViaVoice.
http://emacspeak.sourceforge.net/

Gnopernicus: open source screen reader/magnifier.
http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap/AT/Gnopernicus/

Hal (includes Orpheus speech synthesizer): Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com/

JawBone:software interface for Jaws and Dragon NaturallySpeaking: NGT,Inc.
http://www.ngtvoice.com

JAWS for Windows: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_jaws.asp

JAWS for Windows Mailing List Home Page.
http://www.wdev.net/oldjfw/

KeyRead (for beginning Mac or Windows users): R. J. Cooper.
http://rjcooper.com/keyread/

LookOUT: Screen Reader.
http://www.screenreader.co.uk/

OutSPOKEN 3.0: for Windows 9x and ME: Alva Access Group.
http://www.alva-bv.nl/screenaccess/osw.asp

OutSPOKEN 9.0: for Macintosh: Alva Access Group.
http://www.alva-bv.nl/screenaccess/osm.asp

Protalk 32 for Windows 9x, NT 3.51/4.0, Windows 2000: Biolink.
http://www.biolink.bc.ca/txtindex.htm

ReadPlease: MoneyTree Software Company.
http://www.readplease.com/

Simply Talker 98: for Windows ME, 98 and 95: EconoNet International, Inc.
http://www.econointl.com/

Simply Talker 2000: for Windows 2000, NT4 (SP6), ME, 98, 95:EconoNet International, Inc.
http://www.econointl.com/

SpeaktoMe and TalkPad.
http://home.att.net/~hunterz/index.htm

Speakup: screen reader for Linux, v-0.09 [great logo: the Linux penguin with shades and a guide dog!].
http://www.braille.uwo.ca/speakup/
http://www.linux-speakup.org/

Supernova (includes Orpheus speech synthesizer; can be installed on network server): Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com/

TextHelp! Read & Write.
http://www.texthelp.com/

UltraSonix: for X-Windows.
http://leb.net/pub/blinux/ultrasonix/mirror.ultrasonix_home/

Virgo NT: based on Microsoft Screen Access Model: Baum Engineering.
http://www.baum.ro/

Vocal-Eyes: GW Micro, Inc.
http://www.gwmicro.com

"WebSound is an extended visual Web browser for visually impaired and blind computer users. In conjuction with a graphic tablet or a touch sensitive screen, blind users can perform an 'audio-haptic exploration' of an HTML document in order to understand not only its content but also its 2D visual information (i.e. the document layout)."
www.icad.org/websiteV2.0/Conferences/ ICAD2000/PDFs/PetrucciPHRAP.pdf

Window-Eyes 4.0: GW Micro, Inc.
http://www.gwmicro.com

WINKLiNE: Speech Systems for the Blind.
http://speech_for_blind.tripod.com/info.htm

WinVision: Artic Technologies.
http://www.artictech.com/wvis.htm

ZipSpeak: talking mini-distribution of Linux.
http://www.linux-speakup.org/ftp/disks/slackware/zipspeak/

ZoomText Xtra 7.03: for Windows 95, 98, NT/2000: Ai Squared.
http://www.zoomtext.com

Screen Readers: Bibliography

"Possible Enhancements on Screen Readers for the Blind," by Jaap van Lelieveld, for the European Blind Union Commission of Technical Devices and Services. http://web.inter.nl.net/users/jvleliev/arh98001.htm

SOFTWARE, ACCESSIBLE

The software in this section is of several different types: software produced for the general public that is usable by blind people with a minimum of adaptive equipment; software designed especially for blind people; and software produced for the general public that also has special features that make it more easily usable by blind people too.

Accessible calculators: for standard, business and scientific applications; includes graph interpreter: Premier Programming Solutions.
http://www.readingmadeeasy.com

Accessible Graphing Calculator: ViewPlusSoftware, Inc.
http://www.viewplustech.com/

Adobe PDF.
http://access.adobe.com/

Artificial Neural Net text-only program.
http://people.delphi.com/LUNNEY/ECUPGMS.HTM

Biolink MP3 Player: Biolink.
http://www.biolink.bc.ca/txtindex.htm

Blind Programming Site.
http://www.mindspring.com/~brown99/

Association of C and C++ Users.
http://www.accu.org/access/public/

CartWorks VIO: digital audio system for blind broadcasters: dbm Systems, Inc.
http://www.cartworks.com

Dart: Digital Audio Restoration Technology.
http://www.dartpro.com/

Funk in the Trunk Virtual Car Stereo: Self-voicing media player for MP3 and WAV files, as well as audio CD's.
http://www.blindsoftware.com

Genealogy Programs for the Blind: a review.
http://www.ancestry.com/columns/eastman/eastNov23-98.htm#blind

Gnome: disability access.
http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gap/

Charles Hallenbeck's home page links to a dozen DOS and LINUX programs including Turbo Braille for Linux.
http://www.mhonline.net/~chuckh/

Java Access Bridge 1.0.1: Sun Microsystems.
http://java.sun.com/products/accessbridge/

Java Accessibility Helper (test tool): Sun Microsystems.
http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/earlyAccess/jaccesshelper

JavaSpeak Project.
http://cs.winona.edu/cscap/javaspeak.html

Microsoft Accessibility Web Site.
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/

Microsoft Office 2000.
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/office2000/features.htm

IRMUSICO:musical patterns from IR spectra and chromatograms.
http://people.delphi.com/LUNNEY/ECUPGMS.HTM

MultiMail, for Windows 3.x/95; 98/2000.
http://www.deakin.edu.au/mis/multiweb/mmindex.htm

NoteTab: text editor and HTML coding tool, with features especially designed for blind users.
http://www.notetab.com

OpenOffice.org Accessibility Project.
http://ui.openoffice.org/accessibility/

Pulse MP3 Player, shareware, works well with any screen reader, created by Justin Daubenmire.
http://www.blindsoftware.com/program_detail.asp?id=2

Ronolog: for internet relay chat (IRC): The Hephaestus Project.
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Sauna/4533/ronolog.html

pwSpeech: isSound.
http://issound.com/

SETI: Search Engine Technology Interface: accessible search engine.
http://www.seti-search.com/

Speaking Clock, supports 25 languages.
http://www.abc.se/~m8501/spclock/

Sweet MIDI: MIDI player completely accessible from the keyboard. http://www.blindsoftware.com

Talking Balance 1:reads Ohaus electronic lab balances.
http://people.delphi.com/LUNNEY/ECUPGMS.HTM

Talking Caller ID.
http://www.talkingcallerid.com

Text-Mode RealMedia Player (TRPlayer).
http://www.linux-speakup.org/trplayer.html

Verbal-eyes: tool for creating and using electronic forms: FutureForms.
http://www.futureforms.com/verbaleyes.htm

The vOICe Mail:send images and soundscapes by email.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/peter_Meijer/voicemail.htm

Webferret: accessible search engine.
http://www.ferretsoft.com/

Wordtalk: talking word processor:
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Villa/6113/wordtalk.htm

SPEECH SYNTHESIZERS

Accent PC and Accent SA: internal and external: AICOM.

Apollo: internal and external: Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com

Artic Spirit: Artic Technologies.
http://www.artictech.com

Artic SynPhonix P27: Artic Technologies.
http://www.artictech.com

Artic TransBook: Artic Technologies.
http://www.artictech.com

Artic Transport: Artic Technologies.
http://www.artictech.com

DECtalk Express (portable external unit).
http://www.forcecomputers.com/product/dectalk/dtalk.htm

DECtalk PC2 (internal card).
http://www.forcecomputers.com/product/dectalk/dtalk.htm

Doubletalk: internal and external versions: Access Solutions.
http://www.axsol.com/

Doubletalk PC: Access Solutions.
http://www.axsol.com/

Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com

ETI-Eloquence: SpeechWorks.
http://www.speechworks.com/products/index.cfm

KeyNote Multi-Media [software]: HumanWare, Inc.
http://www.humanware.com/Text/E/E2/E2J.html

Keynote Gold SA [external]: HumanWare, Inc.
http://www.humanware.com/Text/E/E2/E2B.html

Litetalk: MicroTalk Software.
http://www.microtalk.com/

Messenger-IC [PCMCIA]: AICOM.

Microsoft Speech Engine: Microsoft.
http://www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads/tts.asp

Mini TransPort 1000: Artic.
http://www.artictech.com/tport.htm#top

Natural Voices: AT&T.
http://www.naturalvoices.att.com/

Orpheus: Dolphin Computer Access.
http://www.dolphinusa.com/

PortSpeak Text to Speech Synthesizer: Portset.
http://www.portset.co.uk/portspeak.htm

Proverbe and Proverbe Lite: multilinguial software synthesizers: Visuaide.
http://www.visuaide.com/downloadf.html

RealSpeak: Scansoft.
http://www.scansoft.com/realspeak/

SmarTalk: Automated Functions, Inc.

SoftVoice: isSound.
http://issound.com/

Sounding Board: GW Micro.
http://www.gwmicro.com/support/support.htm

Speak-Out: GW Micro.
http://www.gwmicro.com/support/support.htm

Speaqualizer: American Printing House for the Blind.
[discontinued]

Speechify: SpeechWorks.
http://www.speechworks.com/products/index.cfm

Spirit: Artic.
http://www.artictech.com/spirit.htm#top

SynPhonix P27: Artic.
http://www.artictech.com/sp27.htm#top

TransPort Classic: Artic.
http://www.artictech.com/tport.htm#top

Triple-Talk PCI: internal and external: Access Solutions.
http://www.axsol.com/

True Voice: bundled with Zoomtext screen magnification software.
http://www.aisquared.com/

Voice Card [PCMCIA II]: HumanWare, Inc.
http://www.humanware.com/

Links to nine speech synthesiser manufacturers.
http://www.wdev.net/oldjfw/synth.html

Interactive Speech Synthesizer Comparison Site, Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania.
http://morph.ldc.upenn.edu/ltts/

TALKING BOOK TECHNOLOGY

LpStudio and LpPlayer: isSound. http://issound.com/

TEXT-TO-SPEECH

AcuVoice, included with WordPerfect Suite 8.0.
http://www.speechtech.net

Biolink Accessible Document Reader: reads text, records speech output in MP3 format.
http://www.biolink.bc.ca/txtindex.htm

Closeup: speaks and magnifies:

Digalo (SAPI engine)[for all major European languages]:
http://www.digalo.com

DocMorph: on-line convertor: National Library of Medicine. http://docmorph.nlm.nih.gov/docmorph/default.htm

Text-toAudio: text to MP3 or WAV: Premier Programming Solutions.
http://www.premier-programming.com/content/productdetails/texttoaudio.html

iSpeak: Fonix.
http://www.fonix.com/products/ispeak/

Key2Speak:
http://www.madoogali.com/Disability.htm

ReadPlease: ReadPlease 2000 is freeware; ReadPlease NetPro is $49.95; by MoneyTree Software.
http://readplease.com/

ScreenReader 4: textHELP!.
http://www.texthelp.com

Streambox Magic Spell: for instant messages.
http://www.streambox.com/

TextAloud: text to MP3, by NextUp Technologies.
http://www.nextuptech.com/

TexTalk: Compusult Limited.
http://www.hear-it.com/html/textalk.html

Text-to-Audio: Premier Programming Solutions.
http://www.premier-programming.com/

Text To Wave (Converts Text Files to Wave, MP3 or WMA Files): research-lab.com.
http://www.research-lab.com/ttw.htm

Willow TALK: Willow Pond [not accepting on-line orders for retail products as of August 2000].
http://willowpond.com/

WordAloud: Cloudworld Ltd.
http://www.tommy.demon.co.uk/wordaloud/

WordTalk2:
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Villa/6113/wordtalk.htm

VOICE RECOGNITION

FreeSpeech 2000: Phillips.
http://www.speech.philips.com/fsbrowser/

IN CUBE Enhanced Access: Command Corp. Inc.
http://www.commandcorp.com/incube_welcome.html

JawBone:software interface for Jaws and Dragon NaturallySpeaking: NGT, Inc.
http://www.ngtvoice.com

IBM ViaVoice.
http://www-3.ibm.com/software/speech/

ScansoftAudioMining: converts spoken words in media into a text index.
http://www.scansoft.com/audiomining/

Scansoft Dragon Naturally Speaking.
http://www.scansoft.com/naturallyspeaking/

Wave To Text v1.5 (Speech recognition dictation pad with speech recorded wave file to text converter): research-lab.com.
http://www.research-lab.com/

WEB ACCESSIBILITY CHECKERS

Bobby: Watchfire.
http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/html/en/index.jsp

WAVE 2.01: Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology.
http://www.temple.edu/instituteondisabilities/piat/wave/

WEB BROWSERS

Access gateway transforms otherwise inaccessible sites:
http://www.accu.org/cgi-bin/access/access

Aloud4ie.
http://www.madoogali.com/Aloud4ie/Features.htm

BrailleSurf: French version, INSERM-Creare.
http://www.snv.jussieu.fr/inova/bs4/index.htm

BrailleSurf: English version.
http://www.snv.jussieu.fr/inova/bs4/uk/

BrookesTalk.
http://www.brookes.ac.uk/cms/research/speech/publications/assets.htm

CONNECT Outloud: Freedom Scientific.
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_connect.asp

Emacspeak 16.0.
http://emacspeak.sourceforge.net/

everypath: [telephone browser].
http://www.everypath.com/

Freedom Box: voice-activated browser.
http://www.freedombox.info/

FreeSpeech Browser: Phillips.
http://www.speech.philips.com/fsbrowser/

HeyAnita: voice activated browser via telephone.
http://www.heyanita.com/p_login2.asp

IBM Home Page Reader.
http://www-3.ibm.com/able/hpr.html

ILIAD: Johnson Space Center.
http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/iliad/index.html

Internet Access Plus: Biolink.
http://www.biolink.bc.ca/txtindex.htm

Lynx.
http://www.fdisk.com/doslynx/lynxport.htm
http://lynx.browser.org/

Lynx for Win32.
http://jim.spath.com/lynx_win32/index.html

Lynx Viewer.
http://www.delorie.com/web/lynxview.html

MultiWeb, for Windows 3.x/95/98/2000.
http://www.deakin.edu.au/mis/multiweb/mwIndex.htm

myIvan: Intelligent Voice Animated Navigator: freeware.
http://www.myivan.com

Premier Programming Solutions MP3Player: full access from the keyboard, voice access to be added later.
http://www.premier-programming.com/content/MP3%20Player.html

pwTelephone: isSound.
http://issound.com/

pwWebSpeak: isSound [discontinued as of January 2001; an unsupported download is available at Browsers.com].
http://browsers.evolt.org/
http://issound.com/

Sensus.
http://www.sensus.dk/sib10uk.htm

SETI: Search Engine Technology Interface [accessible search engine interface].
http://SETI-search.com/

Simply Web 2000: EconoNet International, Inc.
http://www.econointl.com/

VIP Browser: Jbliss Imaging Systems.
http://www.jbliss.com/SW_Products.html

WebSound: Computer Vision Group and Multimedia, University of Geneva. [A browser with which "in conjunction with a graphic tablet or a touch sensitive screen, blind users can perform an 'audio-haptic exploration' of an HTML document in order to understand not only its content but also its 2D visual information (i.e the document layout)."]
http://websound.unige.ch/ [the page was empty on Oct. 24, 2002].

WebSpeak: talking browser: Portset.
http://www.portset.co.uk/psprod.htm

Web Speakster: shareware.
http://www.webspeakster.com/atec_ware.htm

WebWizard V1.23: add-on for Internet Explorer 5.x.: BAUM Software.
http://www.bayareadigital.com/webwizard/index.htm

WeMedia Browser: WeMedia [free download, enlarges and speaks].
http://www.wemedia.com

WORD PROCESSORS

Wordtalk: speaks text as it is typed:
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Villa/6113/wordtalk.htm

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre--Library: web accessibility, distance education.
http://www.utoronto.ca/atrc/rd/library/library.html

The National Braille Press publishes numerous titles dealing with adaptive technology and computer software.
http://www.nbp.org/

Disabilities and Computing Program, UCLA: great source of information, including reviews of technology.
http://www.dcp.ucla.edu/

Screen Magnifiers Homepage: source of reviews, comprehensive and objective reports of latest research .
http://www.magnifiers.org/

See also the numerous sources brought together in the Computers section of The Blind Readers Page.

TECHNOLOGY CENTERS (ORGANIZATIONS SUPPLYING INFORMATION RESOURCES OR DIRECT SERVICES TO DISABLED PEOPLE NEEDING ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY)

Tech Connections.
http://www.techconnections.org/

Wistech program [Wisconsin].
http://www.wistech.state.wi.us

RETAILERS (PROFIT-MAKING OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT SELL ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING)

AccessAbility: Southern California, Northwest (Oregon), Midwest (Kansas), Mid Atlantic (Virginia).
10312 Corryton Court
Manassas, VA 20110
http://www.4access.com/the_aai_team.htm

Adapted Computers
1609 South Roosevelt Pl.
Kennewick, WA 99337
Phone: 509-783-7280
FAX: 509-735-2580
Email: jcmm@oneworld.owt.com

Aroga Group Low Vision and Blindness Products (North Vancouver, B.C.).
http://www.aroga.com/

Blinksoft Consulting (West Valley City, UT).
http://www.blinksoft.com/
BA Software (Tupper Lake, NY) is a reseller of adaptive equipment and software for blind and dyslexic persons, audio production equipment and software, mainstream computing equipment and software, and a developer and dealer of both commercial and custom software for science and business.
http://www.chirpingbat.com/

Blinksoft Technologies (Spokane, WA).
http://www.lilacblindfoundation.org/blinksoft.php

BRL, Inc. (Fayetteville, GA).
http://www.wyfiwyg.com

Disability Specialtys (Saint Albans, WV)
http://www.disabilityspecialtys.com/

Eyecom (Arlington, VA).
[no web site, October 2002]

Ferguson Enterprises (Manchester, SD).
http://www.fergusonenterprises.com

F1-Key, LLC (Omaha, NB).
http://www.f1-key.com

FreedomBox sells a computer with voice recognition that allows a "disabled user full access to the Internet just by talking" to the computer. They also sell word processing, scanning and typing tutor programs that are voice-operated.

Freedom of Speech, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ)
http://www.freedomofspeech.com/

Keyboard Alternatives & Vision Solutions (Santa Rosa, CA).
http://www.keyalt.com/

Mons International, Inc.
6595 Roswell Rd. #224
Atlanta, GA 30328
http://www.magnifiers.com/

ShrinkWrap Computer Products: reading machines, screen readers, braille output.
http://users.erols.com/shrink/

Synapse Adaptive: speech recognition, vision products; library access workstations (San Rafael, CA).br> http://www.synapseadaptive.com/index.htm

Talking PC (Shelter Island, NY).
http://www.talkingpc.com/

Technologies for the Visually Impaired (Hauppauge, NY).
http://www.tvi-web.com/


RETAILERS IN WISCONSIN

Adaptive Information Systems sells adaptive computer technology for visually impaired and reading disabled people. They have two locations in Wisconsin offering hands-on demonstrations of their software and hardware for speech, large print and braille access:
Rod Maccoux
424 Schwartz Street
Green Bay, WI 54302-3232
Phone or Fax: 920-469-5502.
Phone toll free: 1-800-792-4768.
E-mail: rmaccoux@execpc.com
Roger Behm
1611 Clover Lane
Janesville, WI 53545
Phone: 608-758-0933.
Toll-free: 877-792-4768.
E-mail: ais@charter.net

Adaptive Technology Resources (Grafton) sells adaptive equipment for blind and low vision people, including reading machines, voice technology and closed circuit television magnifiers.
921 Vista Lane
Grafton, WI 53024
Phone: 800-770-8474.
Fax: 262-375-6777.
E-mail: info@AdaptiveTR.com

LAB Resources (Pewaukee): Computer Products for Education and Assistive Technology: software and hardware for special needs and education:
112 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072 Phone: 262-691-3476. Fax: 262-691-4193. Email: info@elabresources.com

Phillips Magnification: reading machines, adaptive computer hardware and software, CCTV magnifiers:
11102 Artesian, #202
Chicago, IL 60655
Phone: 773-881-8581.
Phone: 800-982-0226 (Midwest Only)
Fax:773-881-4843
E-mail: magnifiers@aol.com

Zerrecon, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is a consulting firm that provides engineering and rehabilitation services, including assistive technology such as screen readers and enlargers. 1549 N. 51st St. Milwaukee, WI 53208-2216 Phone: 414-771-7140. Fax: 414-771-7146. E-mail: Ed.Ellingson@zerrecon.com

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