NCDN is grateful to –
The Northumberland County Blind Association
for providing this information.
Summary of Information on computer assistance for VIPs
Built-in to Windows
Ease of Access/Accessibility
Magnifier – full screen or docked (by default when using high contrast)
Visual Themes – high contrast (black background).
Mouse settings – pointer size, black or white, tails, speed.
Speech Recognition – via control panel (usable but not as effective as Dragon Naturally Speaking @ £40)
Other visual screen settings
Desktop icon Sizing – right click on desktop (large ,medium, small)
Screen Resolution – right click on desktop
Personalise – right click on desktop then –
window colour- advance appearance settings for detailed adjustments
desktop background – picture location for solid colours
Windows has many built-in http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/20-pc-shortcuts
Particularly useful – Ctrl and + to magnify webpages (Ctrl and – to shrink)
Other software also has many built-in shortcuts
Software Free to Download
NVDA Screen reader (reads what is under pointer, also many other aids, best voice comes with svox pico voice synthesizer addon) www.nvaccess.org
Thunder Screen Reader www.screenreader.net
WebbIE text only browser www.webbie.org.uk
Large mouse pointers-
Software To Purchase
Supernova Access Suite £695, Magnifier only – £220 (Dolphin)
JAWS screenreader £659, MAGic Magnifier £295 (Freedom Scientific)
Guide £495 (Dolphin)
Zoomtext £495 (AISquared)
Dragon Naturally Speaking £46 (Nuance)
Note- both Supernova and Guide can be downloaded and evaluated for 30days. JAWS can be downloaded and tried in 40min spells after restarting pc each time.
Large monitors (can add to laptop)
Large Key Keyboards, high contrast colour keys, key labels, key bumps
Tablets – Ipads with siri voice commands – Dictation
www.rnib.org.uk – technology section
www.abilitynet.org.uk/mcmw/ – for setting up pc
The Abilitynet website covers all aspects on how technology can help disabled persons. The My Computer My Way link above is specific to IT.
http://www.adapt-it.co.uk/ info on equipment
Note – sometimes the hardware can be purchased at lower prices on the likes of Amazon rather than via specialised sites. (and remember VAT can often be claimed back (or not paid in the first place) for those registered blind)
* NCDN note – The above is provided for general information, and neither NCDN or NCBA can be held responsible for out of date information or advice given in above links. Please feel free to contact NCDN if you find any additional links you believe may assist, or comments about the above.
*Additional information –
RNIB Northeast – Click here
Tyne Sound News talking newspaper – Click here