Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

Screen Readers


Using computers with no vision


About Screen Readers 


Blind people use computers and mobile technology. There is software that will read aloud all the words on the screen. This is known as screen reading. You can choose to listen with a variety of voices at the speed most comfortable. You choose how much you want read, such as punctuation and how numbers are read. The blind tech user relies on keyboard commands to hear the text and perform actions.

What kinds of screen reader tools are there?

Built-In Tools

Modern computers and mobile devices come with screen reader software. You just need to turn it on in your device settings.

  • Windows products have a built-in tool called Narrator. Find it under Settings/Ease of Access/Narrator.
  • Chromebooks have a built-in tool called ChromeVox. Find it under System Tray/Settings/Accessibility/ Chromevox.
  • Apple products have a built-in tool called VoiceOver. On a Mac computer, go to Apple/System/Preferences/VoiceOver. Find it on your iPhone or iPad under Settings/Accessibility/Vision/Voice Over.
  • Android devices have a built-in tool called TalkBack. Find it under Settings/Accessibility/TalkBack.

External Software

You can also purchase screen reader software to install on your computer. This might be necessary to access the features you need for work or school.


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


screen reader, talking computers, tools for blind computer users


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?