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ALVA BC680
Compact 80-cell braille display designed to work with a variety of products including PCs, Macintosh, mobile phones and PDAs. Includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity and built-in Windows access utility. The ALVA BC680 is like having two Braille displays in one device. It?s the only 80-cell Braille display that offers simultaneous connectivity with two PCs/Macs. Or you can connect one PC/Mac and a Smartphone for the ultimate in flexibility and usefulness.Order ALVA BC680 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
ALVA USB 640
Compact 40-cell braille display designed to work with a variety of products including PCs, Macintosh, and Linux. Includes USB connectivity and built-in Windows access utility.at.info@visioncue.com
Braille Plus 18 Second Generation
Braille Plus 18 combines a high-quality braille keyboard and refreshable braille display with an advanced mobile platform and specialized accessible software to create the world's first Android smart phone designed for blind students and professionals. Improve retention, enjoy privacy, and increase literacy with the 18-cell refreshable braille display.
Braille Sense Plus
A PDA with braille and speech output and a braille keyboard. Features a word processor, appointment calendar, phone book, media player and scientific calculator. Can be used as a braille display and speech synthesizer when connected to a personal computer. sales@gwmicro.com
Braille Sense U2
The New Braille Sense U2 provides power and speed in a notetaker. Powerful performance with faster processing Boasting a 1GHz Mobile CPU and a 32GB flashdisk, Braille Sense U2 offers rapid data processing combined with as much memory as you desire.
Braille+ Mobile Manager
Small, Linux-based PDA with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and wireless capability. Includes an address book, calendar, word processor, MP3/DAISY player, voice recorder, journal, web browser and e-mail. Available with a docking station. Also features a braille keyboard.
BrailleNote Apex BT 32
Built-in options are at your fingertips to access Web pages, download e-mails or retrieve files from your network. Enjoy the convenience of wireless accessories and connectivity to keyboards. Printers, embossers, hard drives, flash drives and more, it?s a snap to connect to one of the three available USB ports. Keep an updated list of personal contacts and appointments by synchronizing information with your PC. Use your BrailleNote?s keyboard to navigate with your computer screen reader using the Braille Terminal Mode.
BrailleTouch
BrailleTouch is an app for the blind community that lets you type on your touchscreen using braille. Many people have reported typing at 30 words per minute or faster with accuracy. The developer offers a free download of BrailleTouch so you can try it at no cost. You can enter braille on the touchscreen and hear each character and/or word as you type. The free version is also a great teaching tool for braille instructors and students.
Braillino with Bluetooth
Braille PDA that can be connected to off-the-shelf mobile phones and organizers to provide access to functions such as text messaging and e-mail. May be used with a docking station.info@handytech.us
CDesk Compass
Order CDesk Compass from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
CDesk COMPASS
AdaptiveVoice is a stand-alone, all-inclusive software program for blind, low-vision, and seniors that enables access to the most-used functions of their computer. CDesk is not merely a screen reader or magnification program. CDesk is a single program with twenty core applications, built from the ground up to be extremely intuitive, simple to use, and easy to learn by utilizing a consistent user interface. 'PEGGY? is our user friendly speech recognition system that allows a totally hands free user experience.
Dolphin Guide
An all-in-one software suite with built-in large print and speech access. It is designed to be easy-to-use and easy-to-learn.contact@evas.com
EZ Large Keyboard
The EZ See Large Button Keyboard is a high quality, easy-to-use keyboard with all of the same features as a regular keyboard. It is perfect for low vision computer users since it is designed with large, bold legends, and features the largest lettering available for low vision users. The attractive, low profile, design fits into any setting and is available in four high-contrast models and colors. The EZ See keyboard features nine multi-media hot keys and a gentle key bounce force for comfortable typing. http://chicagolighthouse.org/tools-for-living-store
Hal (Professional)
Provides screen access for visually impaired computer users through speech and braille. Configuration files, known as map files, are available for many applications. Works with a number of different synthesizers.
Hal (Standard)
Provides screen access for visually impaired computer users through speech and braille. Configuration files, known as map files, are available for many applications. Works with a number of different synthesizers.
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Small, Linux-based PDA with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and wireless capability. Includes an address book, calendar, word processor, MP3/DAISY player, voice recorder, journal, web browser and e-mail. Available with a docking station.
iMax for Mac
MagniLink iMax provides magnification, contour enhancement and pointer settings as well as screen reading with high-quality speech output. The Contrast Enhancement Mode gives a clear picture with smooth character edges regardless of the magnification. features include: split screen, dual screen support, full screen mode, multiple highcontrast modes, a circular and a squared lens-zoom. It gives you the ability to set the screen mode based on your own preferences. Your Mac also works as a document reader through the unique GhostReader function. This gives you the possibility to get text read out loud and be magnified in a separate window via the function Speak Selection. You can then save texts as Mp3-files to be played in iTunes, be uploaded to your iPod, iPad or burned onto a CD. Order iMax for Mac from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
J-Say Pro
Makes it possible to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software and the JAWS screen reader together to operate a computer. J-Say Pro requires JAWS for Windows version 8.0 and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.0.web site: www.ngtvoice.com
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Professional)
Converts text and components of the Windows operating system into synthesized speech, allowing for access to Windows-based computer systems. Includes configuration files to maximize its function in a wide variety of Windows applications.Order JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Professional) from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Standard)
Converts text and components of the Windows operating system into synthesized speech, allowing for access to Windows-based computer systems. Includes configuration files to maximize its function in a wide variety of Windows applications. Order JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Standard) from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
MAGic Professional (w/ speech)
Offers many magnification modes providing full screen or adjustable views that let you see both a magnified and unmagnified portions of the screen at the same time. Has a magnification range of 1x to 36x. Provides screen enhancements to eliminate glare, increase contrast and allow easy tracking of screen activities. Speech is synchronized with screen activities, reading, and editing. Compatible with a greater number of operating systems than MAGic Standard and is purchased by computer users who keep their operating systems current.
MAGic Professional (w/out speech)
Offers many magnification modes providing full screen or adjustable views that let you see both a magnified and unmagnified portions of the screen at the same time. Has a magnification range of 1x to 36x. Provides screen enhancements to eliminate glare, increase contrast and allow easy tracking of screen activities. Compatible with a greater number of operating systems than MAGic Standard and is purchased by computer users who keep their operating systems current. Versions are available with speech.
MAGic Standard (w/ speech)
Offers many magnification modes providing full screen or adjustable views that let you see both a magnified and unmagnified portions of the screen at the same time. Has a magnification range of 1x to 36x. Provides screen enhancements to eliminate glare, increase contrast and allow easy tracking of screen activities. Speech is synchronized with screen activities, reading, and editing. Used by computer users who do not have plans to purchase the newer operating systems.
MAGic Standard (w/out speech)
Offers several magnification modes. Has a magnification range of 2x to 16x and a bookmark-indexing feature allowing quick storage and recall of up to ten screen locations. Used by computer users who do not have plans to purchase the newer operating systems. Also available with speech.
NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access)
An open-source Windows screen reader. Uses the eSpeak speech synthesizer and SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 synthesizers.developers@nvda-project.org web site: http://www.nvda-project.org
PAC Mate Omni BX400
Portable PDA with a braille keyboard. A detachable braille display can be added. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni BX420
Portable PDA with Perkins-style braille keyboard with a 20-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni BX440
Portable PDA with Perkins-style braille keyboard with a 40-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni QX400
Portable PDA with a QWERTY-style keyboard. A detachable braille display can be added. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni QX420
Portable PDA with a QWERTY-style keyboard and 40-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni QX440
Portable PDA with a QWERTY-style keyboard and 40-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
Pages
This word processor helps you create reports, resumes, and documents. Pages has been designed exclusively for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with support for Multi-Touch gestures and Smart Zoom. Get a quick start by using one of over 60 Apple-designed templates. Or use a blank document and easily add text, images, shapes, and more with a few taps. Then format using beautiful preset styles and fonts. And use advanced features like change tracking, comments, and highlights to easily review changes in a document. With iCloud built in, your documents are kept up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a document using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly from www.icloud.com using a Mac or PC browser. Get started quickly - Choose from over 60 Apple-designed templates to instantly create beautiful reports, resumes, cards, and posters - Import and edit Microsoft Word and plain text files using Mail, a WebDAV service, or iTunes File Sharing - Quickly browse your document using the page navigator and see a thumbnail preview of each page - Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help - Format your document with gorgeous styles, fonts, and textures Create documents - Write and edit documents using the onscreen keyboard or a wireless keyboard with Bluetooth - Use auto-text wrap to flow text around images - Easily add images and video to your document using the Media Browser - Your most important text formatting options are right in your keyboard, and always just a tap or two away - Format your document with gorgeous styles, fonts, and textures - Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts - Organize your data easily in tables - Turn on change tracking to mark up a document as you edit it - Use comments and highlights to share ideas and feedback with others - Create footnotes and endnotes and view word counts with character, paragraph, and page counts - Create and view impressive 2D, 3D, and interactive bar, line, area, and pie charts - Automatic list making and spellchecking - Use Undo to go back through your previous changes iCloud - Turn on iCloud so your documents are automatically available on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and iCloud.com - Pages automatically saves your documents as you make changes - Access and edit your documents from a Mac or PC browser at www.icloud.com with Pages for iCloud beta Share your work - Anyone with a shared document link will always have access to the latest version of the document and can edit it with you at iCloud.com using Pages for iCloud beta - Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook - Use AirDrop to send your document to anyone nearby - Export your document in ePub, Microsoft Word, and PDF format - Use Open in Another App to copy documents to apps such as Dropbox - Print wirelessly with AirPrint, including page range selection, number of copies, and two-sided printing - Some features may require Internet access; additional fees and terms may apply.
Pronto!
Pronto! is a portable braille notetaker, that is offered with either 18 or 40 refreshable braille cells. Both models feature braille input courtesy of an 8-dot braille keyboard, speech output, and a suite of apps such as a word processor, spreadsheet viewer, and more. The 40-cell version features a QWERTY keyboard that the user can swap in and out with the braille keyboard, even when the device is switched on. Sales department at BAUM USA
Speakup
Screen reader for the Linux operating system. Allows users to interact with applications and the GNU/Linux operating system with audible feedback from the console using a speech synthesizer and to navigate around the screen using typical screen review functions such as “say word,” “say line,” “announce cursor position,” and more. Licensed under the GPL, the GNU General Public License. www.linux-speakup.org/speakup.html
Supernova Pro
Combined screen reader and magnifier that allows users to access Windows applications either through magnification, braille, or speech output. Computer display is magnified up to 32x and the information is also presented in braille for users of the many supported braille devices. Allows users to write map files to make nonstandard applications usable.
Supernova Reader Magnifier Standard
Combined screen reader and magnifier that allows users to access Windows applications either through magnification, braille, or speech output. Computer display is magnified up to 32x and the information is also presented in braille for users of the many supported braille devices.
System Access
Provides screen access to Windows, as well as applications, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Adobe Reader, and Skype. It can be installed on two computers.
System Access Stand-alone Mobile
Provides screen access to Windows, as well as applications, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Adobe Reader, and Skype. It can be installed on two computers. Also includes a smart drive so users can create a key to install System Access on other computers.
Thunder
Thunder is a free screen reader. It provides feedback via synthetic speech.
Vario Ultra

This is a mobile braille display with 20 or 40 braille elements and 8-button braille input keyboard. VarioUltra connects with four Bluetooth devices and one USB device simultaneously. The change of different devices is easy and executed through a simple keystroke. Thus, you can work with your PC, tablet and smart phone at the same time.

Features
  • A smart braille display that doubles as a braille notetaker.
  • VarioUltra is the only braille device that supports simultaneous connection with up to 5 devices, and it remains connected. For anyone with more than 1 device, this feature above all others will fast become one of your favorite things.
  • Refreshable braille cells that feel crisp, and almost paper like.
  • A whisper-quiet 8-button braille keyboard that is ergonomically designed for all-day use.
  • Split personality. In addition to being the most connectable braille device in the world, a quick flick of a switch and VarioUltra becomes a basic braille notetaker, with a suite of productivity apps to make life easier.
  • Compact, lightweight design will have you questioning why other devices weigh so much. The included high quality carry case and strap will help protect your investment for years to come.
Instructions
  • Step 1: In Notetaker mode, switch on Bluetooth and scan for devices within range.
  • Step 2: Send a pair command to your preferred device.
  • Step 3: Enter pin code 1111 on your device.
  • Step 4: Switch VarioUltra to Braille Display mode.
  • Step 5: A 2-button command is all that is needed to switch instantly between connected devices.
  • In future, skip steps 1-3 because VarioUltra will automatically connect with trusted devices as and when they are within range.
Order Vario Ultra from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Voice Sense
PDA with speech output and a braille keyboard. Features a word processor, appointment calendar, phone book, media player, FM radio and scientific calculator. sales@gwmicro.com
VoiceNote Apex QT
Built-in options are at your fingertips to access Web pages, download e-mails or retrieve files from your network. Enjoy the convenience of wireless accessories and connectivity to keyboards. Printers, embossers, hard drives, flash drives and more, it?s a snap to connect to one of the three available USB ports. Keep an updated list of personal contacts and appointments by synchronizing information with your PC. computer screen

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