Video Description & Transcript:
  Multiple AT Solutions for Output

Title: [Multiple AT Solutions for Output]

[Music and speech output heard in background]

A variety of AT output devices are shown in use at a computer lab.

Narrator: “The most common adaptation for people who are blind is speech output.”

A computer speech output speaker is shown.

Computer [synthesized speech]: “A powerful storm crawled across the southeast today, bringing icy rain and snow to a region still reeling from the wintry blast…”

Justin is shown wearing headphones while sitting in a computer lab. A close-up view of his computer screen is also shown.

Justin: “Really, it helps me out a lot on the Internet. I have voice output that reads everything that comes up on the screen, on the computer screen; so I’m able to access anything that I want to on the computer, and it’s really helped me out a lot.”

A person places a piece of paper on a scanner. Then she sits at her computer, puts on headphones, and waits for the software.

Narrator: “A scanner combined with speech output allows people who are blind to read printed materials.”

A Braille display, printout, and printer are shown.

Narrator: “Other adaptations include Braille displays and Braille printouts. Some are portable.”

Justin is shown using his portable “Braille Lite,” a keyboard and display. He types on a Braille (seven key) keyboard and can read anything he types on its Braille display.

Justin: “I can check the time. I’ll turn the speech on, so you can tell that I’m checking…”

Computer [synthesized speech]: “Speech on.”

Justin: “I’ll go ahead and option…”

Computer: “Option.”

Justin: “…and then “T” for time.”

Computer: “Twelve fifty-eight p.m..”

Justin: “It has a Braille display down here, and anything that I type in here on the Braille keyboard comes up in Braille on the display, and I’m able to read anything, you know, that comes up; and I can type all my notes into it and print it out for my teachers to see in college or whatever.”

[Used with permission from:

University of Washington
206-685-DOIT (Voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (FAX)

Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

This clip is from “Universal Access to Computing” Copyrighted 2000]