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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Screen Readers

Few of us today can get by without using a computer. At home or at work the monitor display is our gateway to information, communication, creative projects, shopping, news, entertainment, and even friends. But what if you can't see?

Screen readers, or software designed to convert visual information on the computer monitor to speech output, have allowed people with vision loss to utilize all of the powerful tools and resources that computers have to offer. AFB TECH conducts product evaluations of these evolving technologies, ensuring that people with vision loss have access to everything from word-processing applications to the Internet.

Product Evaluations

Screen-Reading Alternatives: An Overview of Lower-cost Options, AccessWorld®, Vol. 10, No. 2, March 2009.

A Study of Factors Affecting Learning to Use a Computer by People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision, AccessWorld®, Vol. 10, No. 2, March 2009.

Talk Me Through It: A Review of Two Cell Phone-Based Screen Readers, AccessWorld®, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2007.

The Key to the Information Age: A Review of Three Screen Readers, Part 2, AccessWorld®, Vol. 5, No. 4, July 2004.

The Key to the Information Age: A Review of Three Screen Readers, Part 1, AccessWorld®, Vol. 5, No. 3, May 2004.

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