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    Refreshable Braille and the Web

    A video of the braille display user explaining why he prefers to use a braille display.

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    RoboBraille is an email service which can convert digital text documents into either Braille or audio files. Upload your file by using our web interface and you will receive the document back from RoboBraille in the specified format - an audio file, for example. It is free for non-commercial users to use RoboBraille. Many RoboBraille users are visually impaired or dyslexic individuals who use the email service for work, study or past-time activities.

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    Screen reader: JAWS

    JAWS 16.0 is a screen reader, it reads aloud what's on your PC screen, as well as providing access to PC applications via speech and Braille while working with all your Microsoft and IBM Lotus® Symphony™ applications. You get fingertip look-up with built-in Research It, Convenient OCR for reading graphical elements like buttons and PDFs - and so much more.

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    Screen reader: NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)

    NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation.

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    Screen reader: VoiceOver

    VoiceOver is a screen reader that comes standard with every Mac.  It tells you exactly what’s happening on your Mac, and lets you fully interact with it using gestures, a keyboard or a braille display.

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    Screen reader: Window Eyes

    Window-Eyes is a customizable screen reader.

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    Selecting and utilising Assistive Technology in an e-learning context

    This report builds on the 2005 Adaptive and assistive technologies in e-learning report. Assistive equipment applicable to major disability types is explained and discussed within the context of education and e-learning.

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    Smartphone App: Prizmo

    Being able to take a photo of a page of text, OCR it and have it read back is very useful when coming across hardcopy in a classroom, library or work placement. For iPhone or iPad users Prizmo does just this.

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    Smartphone App: Text Fairy

    For android smartphone users, Text Fairy will OCR photographed text and the built in text-to-speech capability of android phones (go to accessibility settings) allows text-to-speech to read the text aloud.

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    Sonocent Audio Notetaker

    Sonocent Audio Notetaker is an application for Windows or Mac that allows you to create documents which include audio, text and images.  The software can be used to create lecture notes by recording onto a laptop, then key information can be highlighted and the lecture slides can be incorporated.