November 2006

E-enabling Tools

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The compilation of softwares by e-Bility is an information source for inclusive technologies for disabled persons. These programmes should be wisely chosen with the help of professional technical support while installing for long term benefits.

• AccessDOS
 A Microsoft software utility that makes it easier for users with physical disabilities to use the keyboard and mouse. It is also a useful application for people with hearing impairment, who require visual feedback rather than sounds. Features include: StickyKeys, SlowKeys, RepeatKeys, BounceKeys, MouseKeys, ToggleKey, SerialKeys, SoundSentry and TimeOut. These can be used alone or in combi-nation to best suit a user’s needs and environment. The features can also be customised to create a personalised desktop that allows individuals to be their most productive. In addition, once the AccessDOS has been installed, an individual requiring a feature can access it without special assistance. 

• Aloud4ie
This product by Madoogali is a handy download that adds speech synthesis capabilities to Internet explorer. Basically, the programme reads text on web pages, so that one can surf the Internet while doing multitask on the computer. Aloud4ie works as an unobtrusive toolbar on the browser, offering basic play and pause controls. By default, Aloud4ie automatically reads every line of text on a Web page. You can also turn this option off and have the program read only the text that you’ve highlighted. This is a far better option for listening to news articles and other similar content.

 Allows delivery of the APAR (Assessment of Phonological Awareness and Reading) from a computer using either a scan-switch (such as the Discover Switch), or conven-tional mouse/keyboard, or touchscreen. Also contains all the score sheets and stimulus cards.

 • BrailleSurf
 An Internet browser for users with vision impairment, which allows a simplified reading of the information available on the Web. BrailleSurf shows this information in a text form. This information can then be displayed on a braille bar, or it can be spoken out by a speech synthesiser. The text can also be presented on the screen for people with low vision, and used to provide a fast review of the accessibility level of a website for visually impaired people.

• Bobby
 An accessibility validation tool designed to help web page authors identify and repair barriers to access by individuals with disabilities.

•  Click-N-Type
An on-screen virtual keyboard designed for people unable to type using a standard computer keyboard. Requires mouse control, trackball or other pointing device. The software can send keystrokes to virtually any Windows application or DOS application that can run within a window.

 • eMacSpeek
A powerful audio desktop that provides a speech interface for Linux users with a vision impairment. By seamlessly blending all aspects of the Internet such as web surfing and messaging, Emacspeak speech enables local and remote information via a consistent and well-integrated user interface.

• eLr Enhancing Internet Access
 The EIA system is a specialised web browser, suitable for touchscreen systems, with fully integrated Web awareness, assessment and training modules. It is designed for Internet training and access for people with disabilities and other special needs.

• Linux Accessibility
 Information about Unix and Linux Shareware and Freeware, including: visual cursor enhancers, braille and sign language utilities, optical character recognition (OCR), keyboard modifications, magnification, on-screen keyboards, voice input and output applications.

• Lisa COMM
 Communication software developed for people with limited mobility. LisaCOMM offers a switch-adapted mouse that interfaces easily with most special switches (eg foot switches, camera based switches, string switches, sip/puff switches) without needing to change the computer hardware. Features include adjustable scanning option, different voices/user modes and customisable menus.

• Literacy Online
 Mirror of Literacy online web site. This is the full (except for external links) set of files (.htm/.js/.css/.gif/.jpg) that constitute the Literacy online web site.

• Microsoft Accessibility
 Information on Microsoft’s accessibility options, including downloads and tutorials.

• MultiMail
 An eMail programme with many accessibility features.

• MultiWeb
 A web browser that incorporates disability specific technology suitable for computer users with multiple disabilities. It is designed to be used without other adaptive software and includes a speech engine, text enlargement, and scanning for switch devices.

• Read-e PLUS
 Dyslexia friendly e-Reader and speech web browser, including spell checker, pop-up suppression (to stop adverts), multi-sensory user interfact and customisation (font size, voices, language, highlight options, colours, reading speed etc). Free for home use.

• Read Please
 A free text-to-speech reader designed to make websites and eMail more accessible to those with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, by reading content aloud.

• SayIT
 SayIT is an integrated suite of software available in four components: scanner, orator, mouse and speech synthesiser. The software is designed to assist anyone who is losing or who has lost the power of speech, as well as people with limited fine motor skills and muscle coordination in their fingers and hands.

 Special needs educational IT resources including free software downlaods, tips, tutorials and equipment ideas.

• SENSwitcher
 An online switch enabled application which targets Internet computer training (ICT) skills from purely experiential through cause and effect, switch building, timed activation, targeting and row scanning. This software is designed to help teach early ICT skills to people with profound and multiple learning difficulties, those who need to develop skills with assistive input devices and very young children new to computers. It is accompanied by teachers notes, assessment records, developmental skills progression models and small step checklists.

• Simply Web 2000
 A speech friendly, speech enabled accessible web browser with advanced features that allow easy navigation of complex pages by people with vision impairment.

• Super Magnify
Magnifies portions of your screen up to 15 times. With special interpolation routine to maintain detail when magnifying.

• Talking desktop
 Talking and listening software that allows voice control of the computer. Features include voice email, voice browser and word processing activities using dictation.

• Talking Keyboard
 Free software that ‘enlivens’ your keyboard by telling the user what key has been pressed. Using the software controls in its main window, you can attach built-in or user-defined WAV sounds to specific keyboard events. This product will helpful as a learning resource for kids and for people with vision impairments.

• Text Aloud
 Converts any text into voice and even to MP3. TextAloud resides in your Windows tray, always ready to read text aloud from your e-mail, Web pages, and documents on your computer or portable MP3 player. You can listen immediately, or save it as a WAV or MP3 file that you can listen to at your convenience. TextAloud supports additio-nal speech engines for other languages. It includes support for TXT files of unlimited size, so you can bring large e-books in as one article. It allows you to create 10 minutes of spoken audio in as little as 12 seconds. Also available, speech software options that offer personalised services, such as News Aloud, Weather Aloud, Stocks Aloud, Groups Aloud.

• Text-To-Speech Software
This software reads text words to you with a choice of voices. The text words may be on the screen, in the clipboard, from a text file or other source. It also supports converting text to audio formats using MP3 or WAV. It uses ‘Text to Speech’ technology to synthesize natural sounding speech from ordinary text. It can also be used to create MP3 files from your email, news articles, any text you want, download to your portable MP3 player and listen to it later.

• Type Sign Writer
 Learn to speak in sign language, just type in the key you want and a picture view of that letter will be shown.

• Web Ferret WebFerret lets you search the web quickly and thoroughly by instantly submitting your search query to multiple search engines, and displaying all of the results in a single concise window. Results can be sorted by page name, address, source or abstract. One can also choose the search engines to query, the number of results to return, and you can enable features like duplicate removal or keyword suggestions, to help you find better results.

• Web Talkster
This software application gives the option of having the browser ‘talk’ the text content of a web page, speak the clipboard content or the selected text. It ‘talks’ all formats of web sites except a few (about 8 percent) exotic programming formats and frame configurations.

• WeMedia Talking Browser
The WeMedia Talking Browser becomes the actual browser through which anyone can surf the Internet. Complete with large buttons and keystroke commands for easy navigation, the browser ‘speaks’ the text you select within the browser.

• WordCue
 Provides help in reading words, links and phrases on web pages. By selecting a word or phrase which is difficult to read, a range of cues are provided directly within the Browser.

• Zoom
This is a screen enlargement utility. It displays a floating window that shows an enlarged view of the area around the cursor.

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