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Screen Reading Software

 

For students who are blind, using a screen reading program allows them to complete most computing activities. Screen reading software enables the computer to read aloud all text displayed on the monitor including text in the menus. In other words, screen reading software figures out what is on the screen and sends information to the text-to-speech component of the program or to a braille display.The most commonly used screen readers are JAWS (Freedom Scientific) and Window-Eyes (GW Micro).

There are a couple of free screen readers, Thunder (ScreenReader.net) and NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access).

Screen reading software is most commonly used for students who are blind or have visual impairments.

Resources

 Resource Name Web Address
Thunder http://www.screenreader.net
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) http://www.nvda-project.org/
 

Vendors

 Vendor Name Web Address
Freedom Scientific
(JAWS)
http://www.freedomscientific.com
GW Micro
(Window-Eyes)
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/