Computer Active (UK).
Monday, July 17, 2006.
'Modern Braille' should be available to all who need it, say blind couple behind the offer.
A free screen reader has been launched this week by a not-for-profit company run by a blind couple.
The utility, called Thunder, blind and partially-sighted people to use internet sites, shop online, and have their emails read out to them. It will also read out to them as they type, allowing them to create letters and other documents.
Thunder is being shown for the first time at the Sight Village exhibition of IT accessibility aids, which runs from 18 to 20 July in Birmingham. It can be downloaded from the site of screenreader.net, which is run by Margaret and Roger Wilson-Hinds from their home in Peterborough.
Says Roger: 'Our mission is to deliver free talking software worldwide so that blind people everywhere can benefit from the computer, the web, and emails. We see the talking computer as the modern Braille - providing a gateway to learning, work opportunities and a measure of financial freedom and independence.'
Commercial talking-computer software can cost up to £800.
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