Accessible Technology for All

Our mission is to promote full and unrestricted participation in business and society by persons with disabilities through the use of electronic information technology that is universally accessible.

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Turning Text Into Speech: Real World Applications and Examples

July 16th, 2015. 1.00pm to 2.30pm Central Time

Computers these days have a lot to say but only if you know the right way to ask them. With text-to-speech a user can have the computer read almost any text out loud. This can be a life changing tool for people who are blind, low vision, or have a print related disability. But what are these tools, how do they work, and what does it look like in real life for an everyday user? In this Webinar we will explore text-to-speech tools available on computers, tablets, and smart phones through the use of real world examples.

As a trainer of blind and low vision computer users Jonathan has gained a significant amount of hands-on experience of text-to-speech technology and will demonstrate the way his clients find success with text-to-speech tools. You'll also learn how people with print related disabilities like dyslexia can leverage these tools to find success. Demonstrations will include:

  • Screen readers like JAWS for Windows and VoiceOver for Apple devices
  • Text-to-Speech and magnification software like ZoomText and MAGic
  • Built-in reading tools on the iPad and iPhone like Speak Selection and Speak Screen
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software like the KNFB Reader and ABBYY FineReader
  • Highlight and read tools like NaturalReader and Snap&Read
  • and more…

Demonstrations will include both paid and free software options.

Speaker:

Jonathan Campbell, Assistive Technology Specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind.

Please register online.

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  • Providing employees with appropriate technology enhances productivity, improves morale and increases loyalty
  • Removing barriers that prevent consumers from accessing products and services, through the use of accessible or assistive technology, ensures higher sales and increased revenue.

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