Blind people use computers and mobile technology. Persons who are blind or have little vision can either access features included on the device or add software that will read aloud all 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 totally on keyboard commands to hear the text and perform actions. When in a workplace or school that uses business or learning applications purchasing a software may be necessary to customize keyboard commands for best use.
What kinds of screen reader tools are there?
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.
You can purchase screen reader software for your computer. One example is JAWS, from freedomscientific.com.
You can purchase screen reader software for your computer. One example is Supernova from dolphinaccess.com.
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