Assistive Technology Bundled Software

Last updated: May 27, 2016

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Code-it Software Solutions has been a player in the development of Assistive Technology (A-Tech) software since 1997. They were the first to release "talking" web browsers (named "Web Talkster" & "Web Speakster") to aid children with ADD, or folks with poor eye sight, to enjoy the web. They are presently offering their array of Software Offered (Windows XP or Vista platform only) stuff all wrapped up in one menu type application in the hopes that you'll benefit in some way from it's use.

You don't have to have special needs to enjoy this software! Anyone (particularly kids) that enjoys text 2 speech software will get good use from the many applications it offers! This software is entirely freeware. Free of charge, adware and / or spyware. It will never expire and you can use it free forever. The software includes Text 2 Speech Stuff…Speaking Note Pad, Text 2 Audio, Text Talkster, Web Talkster; Misc Stuff…Audio Recorder/ real time, Audio CD Writer, Data CD Writer, Magnifier, Sign Talkster; and Fun Stuff…Guess the Number Game, Picture Taker, Peedy the Jokester, and Song Gallery.

Orca: an open source scriptable screen reader

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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Orca is an open source scriptable screen reader. The development of Orca has been led by the Accessibility Program Office of Sun Microsystems, Inc. with contributions from many community members. For more information and to download Orca, see https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/Projects/Orca?action=show&redirect=Orca.

Using various combinations of speech, braille, and magnification, Orca is designed to work with applications and toolkits that support the assistive technology service provider interface (AT-SPI). This includes the GNOME desktop and its applications, OpenOffice, Firefox, and the Java platform. Some applications work better than others, however, and the Orca community continually works to provide compelling access to more and more applications.

On the Accessible Applications page at Orca Accessible Applications, you will find a growing list of information regarding various applications that can be accessed with Orca as well as tips and tricks for using them. The list is not to be a conclusive list of all applications. Rather, the goal is to provide a repository within which users can share experiences regarding applications they have tested.

Anyone with an interest in improving the GNOME Desktop Accessibility Guide (user section), please review the latest edits at https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/a11y.html and direct all corrections, suggestions, etc. to email hidden; JavaScript is required – your input is greatly appreciated!

Darragh Ó Héiligh has created several audio guides for Orca. The audio guides can be found at https://www.digitaldarragh.com/linuxat.asp

Yarrr! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Avast, me hearties! Once again, we've arrived at 19 September, Talk Like a Pirate Day! On this day, all posts will be automatically converted to pirate talk. They will revert to normal after today (or after a few days as this is the weekend). Because this is automated, the wording will be a little different each time you refresh the page.

Enjoy all the piratey goodness today!