Caption: [Computer Access: Reading Systems]
A computer monitor is shown as a synthesized voice speaks what is written
on the screen.
Computer [synthesized voice]: “…who was born in 1829…”
[The computer’s synthesized voice continues to speak at a soft
Narrator: “Reading systems, which involve both hardware and software,
are helpful for people who find if difficult to hold printed material
or turn pages.”
A book is placed on a scanner. A computer monitor is shown; words are
highlighted on the screen as the synthesized voice speaks each word.
Narrator: “A scanner converts hard copy printed material or turn
pages. A scanner converts hard copy into a digital image, which is then
converted into a text file that is recognized by the computer. Next,
the words come up on the screen at the same time that a speech synthesizer
Dan is sitting in an office with windows that look out onto the computer
lab behind him.
Dan: “A person might not be able to manipulate a scanner and
a book independently but once that information has been collected they
can take it, on a disk, and access it whenever they need to do so.”
[Used with permission from:
University of Washington
Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
This clip is from "Working Together: Computers and People with
Mobility Impairments” Copyrighted 2000]