Accessible Computer Hardware & Software

  • Blog from the National Federation of the Blind  Updated
  • 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  Updated
  • 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 ZoOmText and Fusion magnification, and magnification with speech  Updated
  • 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.
  • Video Magnifiers from Freedom Scientific  New
  • "Web Accessibility: Making Your Web Site Accessible to the Blind" by Curtis Chong, Director of Technology, National Federation of the Blind, 2008  Updated
  • 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 available on Amazon.com  Updated

Speech Resources

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • 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.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Center for Speech and Language Disorders is a non-profit organization with offices in Lombard and Chicago. Our mission is to help children with communication disorders reach their full potential through family centered services. CSLD's service delivery is set apart from its counterparts because each client benefits from an individualized relationship with their therapist. We recognize that one type of treatment does not fit all children, or all disorders. Each therapy plan is created based on the personal needs of the child and all therapeutic methods are research based and thus decisive and sound.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Windows platform only)
  • Dragon for Mac Professional fact sheet Uses the Legendary Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition engine, works with other applications you have on your Mac. Offers Dragon for Mac, MacSpeech Scribe, and Dragon for Mac Medical
  • Job Access With Speech (JAWS) Headquarters screen reading software from Freedom Scientific  Updated
  • Mayer-Johnson Hand Held Voice®, a dynamic screen voice recorder from Ability Research
  • Microsoft® Accessibility Resource Guides for People with Disabilities Guides: Get information and tips for using accessibility tools and features in Microsoft products to meet specific needs: Vision, Hearing, Speech, Mobility, Learning  Updated
  • Speech Technology: News, an article in Speech Technology (06/05) Vol. 10, No. 3, P. 10; by Nancy Jamison "Speech technologies are being mainstreamed often to the exclusion of users of assistive technology (AT), which include the dexterity, sight, hearing, cognitive, and speech impaired—and this is ironic, given that handicapped users frequently drive technology development. Market drivers for speech technologies include the government, which has set up legislation designed to make the provision of accessible products or services both a requirement as well as an incentive for companies, and the development of accessible mainstream products. Mainstream vendors must play a key role in boosting product accessibility, partly through the incorporation of speech technologies into product design. AT types for people with certain impairments may not be suitable for people with other disabilities: Speech technologies for sight-impaired individuals are useful as tools for conveying information, while the hearing-impaired often use them for command and control. Examples of speech technologies well suited to the vision-disabled include text-to-speech, voice-activated dialing, and note taker products that incorporate Braille. People suffering from hearing loss can take advantage of interactive communication solutions that use software to convert speech to text and video sign language in real time. Dexterity or mobility-challenged people often use automated speech recognition (ASR) to command and control both keyboard and software functions; ASR eliminates the need to use the keyboard or mouse by enabling users to supply data to business and productivity applications and dictate text into others. People with cognitive, language, or speech impairments can use technologies that convert spoken input into graphical images and are helpful for people undergoing speech therapy."
  • Telephone Access for People with Speech Disabilities
  • TTS: Synthesis of audible speech from text How does it work?  Updated
  • AT&T Labs' Natural Voices® Text-to-Speech Demo
  • ActiVocal voice-activated dialers and light bulb sockets
  • Voice Activated Telephone Dialer  Updated