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Diverse strategies for reading text:

Assistive Technology is not determined by the underlying impairment or even by the functional activity. Even two individuals with the same degree of vision impairment will not opt to use the same Assistive Technology even for the same task. For example, reading is possible through all of the different strategies described below; each individual must decide which, if any, method is appropriate for him or her and under what circumstances.

Screen ReadersThe contents of the JAWS software box are pictured set out on a table, a manual,  a CD-ROM and 3 floppy disks.
[JAWS Software]

Software programs, for example JAWS, can change visual text into synthetic speech output or a Braille display. This technology provides access to computer applications, except some graphics-oriented software, and to the Internet.

 

Electronic BooksThe contents of the OpenBook software box are pictured set out on a table, two manuals, a CD-ROM and a floppy disk.
[OpenBook Software]

Scanning technology permits printed texts to be converted to electronic format for reading via a screen reader. OpenBook is one such product.

 

MagnificationThe contents of the MAGic software box are pictured set out on a table, a manual, a CD-ROM and a floppy disk.
[MAGic Software]

Products like MAGic magnify text for individuals with low vision. This particular product can also be purchased with screen reading capability.

 

Audio Books

Many individuals use audio books, magazines and journals, pre-recorded for their listening.