Visual Impairment Assistive Technology


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Information on the latest Visual Impairment Assistive Technology availble.
Presented at the iansyst DSA summer roadshow

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  • Hi Everyone, My name’s……... Thank you all for coming, and welcome to the VI Workshop.
  • The idea of this workshop is that it’s an opportunity for you to ask questions about the various VI software that’s out there. I also have a presentation detailing some of the more popular software &, for those more familiar with the field, some slides detailing updates to the latest versions of the software.
  • JAWSby Freedom ScientificComplete Screen ReaderVery comprehensive & customizableIdeal for blind users or those with very low visionFull Braille support
  • SuperNova by DolphineReader - formally HalIncludes: Some Visual Features - highlighting curser options Basic and Advances Screen Reading Features Brail input and OutputMagnifier – formally LunarIncludes : Visual Features Advance magnification features 1x - 60x Item finderReader Magnifier– formal Lunar Plus Includes: the same as the reader and magnifier except for some advance screen reading featuresAccess Suite – Includes: All features availableDolphin Pen: any version on pen and also now includes a CD to put on one PC.
  • ZoomText byZoomText Magnifier Includes: Magnification 1x - x36Colour FilteringTalking setup ProgramZoomText Magnifier & ReaderIncludes: Magnification 1x - x36Colour Filtering Reading – ScreenReading, DocReader & AppReader Talking setup Program
  • Kurzweil 1000 by KurzweilFor low vision usersMagnification and highlighting functionsDocument Reader – text files (Neo Speech & ETI-EloquenceTM voices from Nuance) Send audio to hand held devises such as (Braille NoteTM, Book PortTM, Book Courier, MaestroTM) scanning OCR - engines (ScanSoft© OCR 16.2 and ABBYYTM FineReader 9)Able to send files to - Braille note takers and embossers. to portable devices such as DAISY and MP3 audio players.Word Processer - ability to write and edit complete simple forms. note taking bookmarks summarizing content outlining text.Diary - add, edit, and delete entries audible reminders Search and Retrieve - example: e-books, magazines, encyclopedias, and the Merriam-Webster medical dictionary.
  • Zoom-Twix - by AbiSeeInstantlyTakes a picture of a document -Scan 20 pages per minutesReads the document out loudZoomable long distance camera - capture what’s on a WhitboardDisplays it on screen in different ways.Saves documents in various formats. Pearl –by Freedom ScientificTakes Pictures of books docs etc - Scan 20 pages per minutesReads AllowedLive video magnification - to help fill forms outEnlarge and reformat textAdd comments and highlightsExport to other applications – Word or NotepadPortable access – fold up and carry.
  • Rubyby Freedom ScientificMagnification - 2x to 14x with handle extended 5x to 10x flat on the paperDifferent colours and contrasts modesUses 4 AAA rechargeable batteries - 2 hours continuous use 2 hour charge timeWeighs only 7.7 ouncesIntel reader by IntelCaptures Text and reads allowedStore space 4GB - can hold up to 600 processed pages (images and text) with up to 20 pages waiting to be processed or up to 500,000 text-only pagesUpload - Digital books and Daisy BooksRechargeable 6-cell lithium-ion DC7.4V, 3300 mAhCharging time approx. 150 minutesThe Intel Reader can - Play over 4 hours of text-to-speech or .mp3 audio with full charge
  • Only use if there are people who are familiar with the old software
  • Also supports Skype.Improved help – task based app sensitive help. Improved Speech – 4 improved verbosity schemes / separate speed for spelling / improved options for capital annoucement / fixed bug in word echoVisual – grayscale scheme / new mouse schemes / magnify opengl & dd3d apps Hotkeys – better laptop support / updated competitor hotkey emulationBraille input with HIMS Braille Sense Plus – write text directly into Windows apps incl. Contractions.
  • 7 supportSmooth mouse panning in large magnificationAbility to write or download scripts which will allow more customisation.Vista support – improved stability / works at logon screenMore application support – office 2007 / Acrobat + Reader 8 / Firefox 2 + / Internet Explorer 8Visual enhancements – more colour schemes / preview window to see cursor enhancements
  • Any more questions, we’re around this afternoon so please feel free to harass us!
  • Visual Impairment Assistive Technology

    1. 1. VI Workshop<br />
    2. 2. Objective<br />Software/Hardware Overview<br />Latest updates<br />Questions<br />
    3. 3. Types of VI Assistive Tech<br />Full Screen Reading<br />Screen Magnifier<br />Portable Reading Solutions<br />Handheld Devices<br />
    4. 4. JAWS v12<br />
    5. 5. SuperNova<br />
    6. 6. ZoomText v9.1<br />
    7. 7. Kurzweil 1000 v12<br />
    8. 8. Portable Reading Solutions<br />Zoom-Twix <br />Pearl<br />
    9. 9. Handheld Devises<br />Ruby<br />Intel Reader<br />
    10. 10. Latest Updates<br />
    11. 11. What’s New in JAWS 12?<br />Supports multi-monitor setups in Windows 7 & Vista.<br />Microsoft Office 10 support<br />FSReader (JAWS’ Daisy Reader) now included free.<br />Advanced Settings easier to navigate.<br />Text Analyser – picks up formatting errors.<br />Virtual Ribbon<br />
    12. 12. What’s New in SuperNova?<br />Support for W7 + 64-bit Citrix<br />Better Microsoft Office support.<br />Improved Help<br />Improved Speech<br />Enhanced Control Panel<br />Better Hotkey support for laptops.<br />Faster to start up.<br />Braille Input.<br />
    13. 13. What’s New in Zoomtext v9.1?<br />Windows 7 support.<br />Smooth Panning.<br />Support for Scripting.<br />Better support for Windows Vista.<br />More application support.<br />Visual enhancements.<br />
    14. 14. What’s New in Kurzweil 1000?<br />Now works with the Zoom-Twix camera as well as the traditional flat bed scanner.<br />Advantages;<br />Speed of the Zoom-Ex camera<br />Advanced features of Kurzweil 1000 (calendar, word processor, etc)<br />
    15. 15. Any Questions?Demonstrations?<br />