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Diverse strategies for reading
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.
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.
Scanning technology permits printed texts to be converted
to electronic format for reading via a screen reader. OpenBook is
one such product.
Products like MAGic magnify text for individuals with
low vision. This particular product can also be purchased with screen
Many individuals use audio books, magazines and journals, pre-recorded
for their listening.