Accessible Computer Hardware & Software

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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  • Access Technology Blog from the National Federation of the Blind
  • Adaptive Technology, Accessible Techcomm list of resources
  • American Printing House for the Blind The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.
  • Apple® Accessibility Features Vision built into all Macintosh computers provides adjustable keyboard, an ergonomic mouse, CloseView screen magnification software, Easy Access system software (StickyKeys, SlowKeys, MouseKeys), electronic documentation, key-repeat disable, text-to-speech synthesis and voice recognition (PlainTalk), sticky mouse, and visual alert cues. The VoiceOver spoken English interface for Mac OS X is a fully integrated, built-in screen reader technology providing access to the Macintosh through speech, audible cues, and keyboard navigation.
  • "A Few Notes on Buying a Computer" by Curtis Chong, Director of Technology, National Federation of the Blind, 2001
  • GW Micro provides computer-based speech products. GW Micro is the maker of Window-Eyes, Vocal-Eyes, speech recognition and speech synthesizer software, and braille printers
  • Humanware – see things differently computer tools that empower people to compete effectively in a sighted world
  • Kurzweil optical recognition products for Macintosh and Windows platforms
  • Low vision software Ai Squared maker of ZoomText magnification, and magnification with speech
  • MAGic Screen Magnification Software with Speech MAGic opens up a whole new world of computing to low vision users. Whether you are surfing the Web, creating a document, e-mailing, or engaging in social networking, MAGic provides you the tools you need to work more efficiently.
  • "Making Your Web Site Accessible to the Blind" by Curtis Chong, Director of Technology, National Federation of the Blind, 2008
  • Mayer-Johnson Hand Held Voice®, a dynamic screen voice recorder from Ability Research
  • RC Systems makers of Doubletalk speech synthesizers. RC Systems has been a market leader of low cost, high quality text-to-speech and voice synthesis products since 1983. You’ll find our voice synthesizers in a wide range of products, from talking ATMs to vending machines, and homeland security to space satellite telemetry systems.
  • Talking Clocks products from Assistech Special Needs

Recycling Computer Hardware & Software for the Disadvantaged

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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  • National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk, and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives. NCF uses donated used computer technology resources that no longer meet an enterprise's or an individual's needs and gives them a second productive life as a tool for developing human potential.
  • Three ways to recycle old computer systems you don't want anymore.
  • A Better Way Computer Recycling R2:2008 Certified IT Asset Recycling & Destruction – computer recycling for Baltimore, Washington DC, Virginia and all surrounding areas.
  • E-cycle Washington Washington's FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible electronics recycling program has been operational since January 1, 2009. Products accepted at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites are: computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, televisions, portable DVD players and e-readers.
  • E-End Secure Data Sanitation and Electronics Recycling Electronics Recycling, Computer Recycling, Hard Drive Shredding and Data Destruction serving Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC