IBM SPECIAL NEEDS INFORMATION REFERRAL CENTER RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PERSONS WITH VISION IMPAI

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IBM SPECIAL NEEDS INFORMATION REFERRAL CENTER RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PERSONS WITH VISION IMPAIRMENTS P.O. Box 2150 Atlanta, GA 30301-2150 Continental USA - Telephone: (800) 426-2133 (Voice) ˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙Telephone: (800) 284-9482 (TDD) IMPORTANT NOTICE This report helps to identify products which may assist persons with disabilities in accessing IBM Personal Computers and the IBM Personal System/2 family of products. The report includes only a portion of the products, vendors and support groups which are available. IBM does not recommend or endorse products or assist customers in the selection, review or acquisition of non-IBM products, including those listed in this publication. IBM takes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance or use of the products listed here. All understandings, agreements or warranties must take place directly between the program/product suppliers and prospective users. IBM makes no warranties with respect to the contents hereof, the products listed herein or the completeness or accuracy of this publication. IBM specifically disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. (C) Copyright 1990 by IBM Corp. This material may be copied. Please credit the IBM Special Needs Information Referral Center. November 26, 1991 IBM Special Needs Information Referral Center The IBM Special Needs Information Referral Center serves to help health care leaders, agency directors, policy makers, employers, educators, public officials and individuals learn how technology can improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities in the school, home and workplace. The Center responds to requests for information on how computers can help people with impairments affecting vision, hearing, speech, learning and mobility. While the Center is not able to diagnose a condition or prescribe an assistive device or software, the Center does provide information on what is available and where one may go for more details. The Center's toll-free 800 number is available 24 hours a day to provide general information and to accept requests for specific materials. P.O. Box 2150 Atlanta, GA 30301-2150 (800) 426-2133 (USA Voice) (800) 284-9482 (USA TDD) TABLE OF CONTENTS _________________ HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 TECHNOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Enlarged Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Braille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Audio Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Screen Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Speech Synthesizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Other Audio Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 IBM Screen Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Synthesizers Supported by Screen Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Optical Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Alternatives to Printed Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Word Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 SUPPORT GROUPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE _____________________ This guide presents information about some of the technology and services that are available to help persons with disabilities. Some of the information deals with devices that may be attached to IBM computers to allow a disabled individual to lead a more independent and productive life. This guide is organized in four sections: INTRODUCTION This section provides a general overview of the disability, including a discussion of how computer technology can improve the employability and quality of life of persons with disabilities. TECHNOLOGY This section lists products which may be used with IBM Personal Computers and the IBM Personal System/2 family of products to adapt the technology for persons with disabilities. SUPPORT GROUPS National agencies, associations and support groups available to persons with disabilities are listed in another guide, "Technology for Persons with Disabilities - an Introduction." Local, state and regional groups are listed in another guide, "Support Organizations." Both of these guides may be ordered from the Center. INDEX The index contains two lists: products and vendors. PLEASE CONTACT THE VENDOR DIRECTLY for more product information. 1 How to Use This Guide 2 How to Use This Guide INTRODUCTION ____________ According to a survey by the National Center for Health Statistics, 1.4 MILLION AMERICANS have a severe visual impairment (defined as being unable to read ordinary newsprint); half of this group are registered as legally blind. Many of these individuals benefit from using computers, but still more could be helped. The IBM PS/2 and PC families of computers are valuable tools with uses in many different environments - education, business, recreation and daily living tasks. With continuing technological improvements in the microcomputer industry, the number of current and potential users is rapidly increasing to include people who are visually impaired. Special adaptive hardware and software makes it possible. HOW COMPUTERS HELP PERSONS WHO HAVE VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS For persons with low vision, reading a standard computer screen or printed page usually presents an obstacle. The following adaptations for ENLARGED OUTPUT (magnification) may help: magnification lenses for standard displays; larger characters on standard displays; alternative displays with better or different resolution and color; display devices or projectors; and for printed output, larger characters and more readable fonts. Audio output or computerized voice lets a blind user read by hearing the information on the computer screen. SCREEN READING software with SPEECH SYNTHESIZER devices help the user navigate the screen to hear what others see. BRAILLE is an output alternative for people who are blind. Two types of braille devices are braille printers that produce embossed paper output and paperless tactile displays that use retractable pins to form braille characters. Software programs perform the necessary translations to braille files used by the braille devices. INPUT ADAPTATIONS are also used by the visually impaired to improve accuracy and efficiency during data entry. The most frequently used device is the keyboard. Modifications include home key indicators (dimples/dots or felt appliques) and key replacements (larger, more unique) for the often-used keys. Also, the SPEECH SYNTHESIZER allows audio output during data entry - providing immediate feedback as data is entered by the user unable to verify visually. 3 Introduction Another technology with significant advancements in price/performance is OPTICAL READER AND CHARACTER RECOGNITION SOFTWARE. Printed information is presented through the combination of scanned character recognition to obtain the information in a computer form (machine-readable) with alternate output (braille or synthetic speech) to read the data. There are many products for the IBM PS/2 that address productivity and usability for all users. A helpful tool for people with vision impairments is the MODEM - and the software that allows, through telephone lines, the exchange of machine-readable information, to access data banks of information and electronic bulletin boards. Other uses for telecommunication technology are found in daily living activities. Computerized directory look-up and dialing simplify telephone usage; and mailing, banking and shopping may be done at home. Helpful products for keyboard entry include: abbreviation expansion/keyboard macros, spelling checkers and online thesauruses. Online machine-readable product documentation is preferred to printed material. Products developed specifically for this special population are: o WORD PROCESSORS with synthesized speech output designed into the product's operation o File readers to provide general purpose voice output of machine-readable files (OTHER AUDIO OUTPUT AIDS) o Information handlers such as talking phone directories, talking calculators and general file management products (OTHER AUDIO OUTPUT AIDS) o ALTERNATIVES TO PRINTED DOCUMENTATION of hardware and software manuals, e.g., audio cassette, braille or machine-readable formats In summary, technology and support are available for many blind and visually impaired individuals. The challenge remains to increase the awareness of the benefits that computer technology affords to all who might use it. 4 Introduction TECHNOLOGY __________ Enlarged Output Products in this category provide magnification of output to the system monitor and to the printer. Available alternatives in the monitor-output area include: a magnification lens placed in front of the system monitor providing 2-3 times magnification; software programs allowing the user to magnify the screen output up to 8 times; hardware and software solutions which provide multiple variations in size of magnification (e.g. 16 times); reading and viewing techniques (e.g. scrolling); and different system monitors (e.g. large closed circuit TV). Large-print, hard-copy support is also available. Multiple fonts and sizes of characters are available through different software products. Auxiliary support software products can process other programs' standard-sized output, providing the desired magnification. PRODUCT: AUTOMATED VIEWING TABLE (AVT-2) VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Automated Viewing Table is a motorized table that automatically moves source material under the scanning area of a closed circuit television system. It was designed for the Voyager, an integrated camera and video display system that enlarges viewing material 3 to 45 times original size. The table's 14"x14" surface provides a large area for material; the table may be switched from automatic to manual, and there is a foot control mechanism. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BEAMSCOPE II VENDOR: Florida New Concepts Marketing Inc. P. O. Box 261 Port Richey, FL 34673-0261 (800) 456-7097 ˙ (813) 842-3231 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Beamscope II, a fresnel lens, can more than double the image on a TV screen. Three models are available to fit three screen sizes: 12"-15" (enlarging the screen to 25"), 17"-19" (enlarging the screen to 30"), and 19"-25" (enlarging the screen to 40"). The first two models have a metal frame and the third has a wood finish. Florida New Concepts Marketing also manufactures Compu-Lenz, a fresnel lens with a special glare filter. Compu-Lenz fits the IBM PC and most other computer monitors. ________________________________________________________________________ 5 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: BIGED 3.0 VENDOR: Turbo Power Software P.O. Box 66747 Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (408) 438-8608 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A large print word processor for an IBM computer with CGA, EGA or VGA video adapter, this program follows the Wordstar command structure and provides 20 through 64 column fonts and provides speech output through the COVOX Speech Thing and the AICOM Accent. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BOXLIGHT LCD PROJECTOR VENDOR: Boxlight Corp. 19689 7th Ave. - # 143 Poulsbo, WA 98730 (206) 697-4008 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Boxlight's LCD Projector projects a full spectrum of up to 4900 bright colors from the PC. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE SERVICES VENDOR: MSMT Braille Center 3917 Mayette Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95405 (707) 579-1115 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The vendor provides brailling, enlargement, and large print services and does braille graphics of cities, parks, and buildings. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: C21LMAX VENDOR: Image Systems Corp. 11543 K-Tel Dr. Hopkins, MN 55343 (612) 935-1171 ˙ FAX612 935-1386 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The C21LMAX is a 21" ultra-high resolution color monitor designed for applications requiring a larger viewing area and high resolution. It includes a tilt-swivel base and conveniently positioned controls and is compatible with high resolution display controllers for many computers with resolution ranging from VGA to 1600x1280. ________________________________________________________________________ 6 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: CHROMA CCD VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This color electronic video visual aid CCTV uses a solid state CCD camera to help low vision persons read everyday printed material and handwriting. It provides up to 60x magnification, minimizes glare and eliminates hot spots. The monitor is positioned directly over the camera in front of the user for comfortable reading. Free installation and user training is provided. CCDs are available in 13" and 20" sizes. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COMPU-LENZ VENDOR: Florida New Concepts Marketing Inc. P. O. Box 261 Port Richey, FL 34673-0261 (800) 456-7097 ˙ (813) 842-3231 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Compu-Lenz, a fresnel lens, doubles the size of computer screen characters without distortion or light refraction. The lens design provides an enlarged visual display with clear image and color clarity. The device comes with an adjustable/removable holder that attaches to most computer monitors and an improved glare filter to sharpen contrast and eliminate glare. It is lightweight, durable and requires no power source or wiring. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CONRAC MONITORS VENDOR: Conrac Display Products Inc. 1724 S. Mountain Ave. Duarte, CA 91010 (818) 966-3511 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Various monitors capable of showing 25 80-column lines at high resolution. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DATASHOW 480 PROJECTION PAD VENDOR: Sayett Technology Inc. 100 Kings Highway - Suite 1800 Rochester, NY 14617 (716) 342-0700 ˙ FAX716 342-1621 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The DATASHOW 480 Projection Pad can be used with an IBM PC. The unit is plugged into the PC, placed on an overhead projector and projects real-time enlarged PC images. Would be helpful in classes where a vision-impaired person is using a PC. ________________________________________________________________________ 7 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: DEFINITION AUTO-SYNC VENDOR: Microvitec 1943 Providence Court College Park, GA 30337 (404) 991-2246 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Definition AUTO-SYNC is a 20" color monitor with a pixel resolution of 1024 by 768. It has a full set of 8 BNC connections wit loop-through for daisy chain set-up. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DESIGNVIEW/19E VENDOR: Elite Business Applications 36J Route 3 North Millersville, MD 21108 (800) 942-0018 ˙ (301) 987-9050 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DesignView/19e is a high-resolution 19" monochrome display system for any IBM PC/AT/AT/386 and PS/2 Models 25 and 30. The complete system includes a 19" monochrome monitor, an Intel-based video controller card, high-resolution software drivers and a three-year warranty on parts and labor. The monitor provides a picture with a display area 20 percent larger than most 19" monitors. In full-screen Hercules emulation using a double scan technique, the characters are enlarged to 20-point type from the usual 12-point; characters are formed using 16 x 32 pixels, creating a solid easy-to-read image, 80 characters across by 25 lines down. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EYE RELIEF VENDOR: SkiSoft Publishing 1644 Massachusetts Ave. - Suite 79 Lexington, MA 02173 (800) 662-3622 ˙ (617) 863-1876 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Eye Relief, a full-function word processing package, is designed for vision-impaired users. On-screen text display modes range from one to five times normal size. The manual is printed in 18 point large type. There is also an Eye Relief for laptops. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EZ-READER VENDOR: LS&S Group Inc. 1808-G Janke Dr. Northbrook, IL 60062 (800) 468-4789 ˙ (312) 498-9777 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: EZ-Reader is a portable video reading system. It can be used with any TV or computer monitor and is available in 3 fixed focus lens options: 10x, 20x or 30x. ________________________________________________________________________ 8 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: FANCY FONT VENDOR: Softcraft Inc. 16 North Carroll St. - Suite 500 Madison, WI 53703 (800) 351-0500 ˙ (608) 257-3300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Fancy Font provides for magnification of printing. Characters up to one inch by inch can be created from ASCII files. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FDR SERIES OF LOW VISION READING AIDS VENDOR: Optelec US Inc. P.O. Box 796 Westford, MA 01886 (800) 828-1056 ˙ (617) 789-5321 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The FDR Series of Low Vision Reading Aids features: high resolution, positive and negative display, a high-quality zoom lens, versatile swivel and a 12" or 19" high-resolution monitor. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FONT-TOOLS BIGFONT VENDOR: Worthington Data Solutions 417 Ingalls Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (800) 345-4220 ˙ (408) 458-9938 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: BIGFONT prints large text up to 2" tall on laser printers. It requires an IBM PC and runs from any MS-DOS language. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FONTRIX VENDOR: Data Transforms 616 Washington Street Denver, CO 80203 (303) 832-1501 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Fontrix provides for magnification of text characters on computer monitors. Multiple fonts are supported. Users select ASCII files to be displayed and provide parameters regarding size and font types. The product transforms the data accordingly for the users' screen viewing. This is not a companion product for use while using other software. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FONTS VENDOR: Spies Laboratories P.O. Box 336 Lawndale, CA 90260 (213) 538-8166 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 13 font characters, extra high and wide. ________________________________________________________________________ 9 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: GENIUS FULL PAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM VENDOR: Genius Technologies Inc. P.O. Box 455 Hastings, MN 55033 (800) 328-9524 ˙ (612) 437-2233 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Genius Full Page Display System is a 15" black and white monitor with a pixel resolution of 736 by 1008. Threee models are available: Genius 1520 (IBM PC compatible), Genius 422 (IBM PS/2 compatible) and Genius 1020 (dual-page PC compatible-19" monitor). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HANDIVIEW VENDOR: Microsystems Software Inc. 600 Worchester Rd. Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 626-8511 ˙ FAX508 626-8515 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: HandiVIEW is a memory resident, on-demand text enlarger for visually-impaired users. It magnifies approximately 8 times (10 characters per line). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HG 6905 BK VENDOR: Mitsubishi Electronics America Computer Peripherals Division 991 Knox St. Torrance, CA 90502 (213) 515-3993 ˙ (800) 556-1234 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The HG 6905 BK is a 20" color monitor with a pixel resolution of 1280 by 1024. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: IBM PERSONAL SYSTEM/2 DISPLAYS VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Operations 3035 Center Green - Plaza 2 Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 426-3388 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Several Personal System/2 color displays have a larger display size than normal: Color Dislay 8512 is a 14," Color Display 8514 is 16" and Black and White 8507 is 19" - all helping visually impaired users see the screen. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INFOCUS VENDOR: AI Squared Inc. 1463 Hearst Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 233-7065 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: inFocus is a memory-resident program that magnifies text and graphics - the entire screen, a single line or a portion of the screen. Pop-up menus give access to all inFocus controls. ________________________________________________________________________ 10 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: KEYBOARDING FOR THE VISUALLY LIMITED VENDOR: Educational Electronic Techniques, LTD 1088 Wantagh Ave. Wantagh, NY 11793 (800) 433-8872 ˙ (516) 221-4173 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This keyboarding program instructs visually impaired users in the use of a keyboard, using large print readout. It instructs the user in the basics of word processing - keying, saving, recalling and printing. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: L-VIEW, PAGEVIEW, SILVERVIEW VENDOR: Sigma Designs Inc. 46501 Landing Parkway Fremont, CA 94538 (415) 770-0100 ˙ FAX415 770-0110 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: L-View is a 19" black and white monitor with a non-interlaced pixel resolution of 1664 by 1200 that offers workstation level performance. PageView is a 15" monochrome display with 768 x 1024 pixels resolution, allowing the user to view a full page when composing. SilverView is a monochrome display with a flat 21" screen and 1152 x 870 pixels resolution for publishing and graphic design. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LABELRIGHT VENDOR: Worthington Data Solutions 417 Ingalls Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (800) 345-4220 ˙ (408) 458-9938 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This program provides for large printing on IBM PC with LaserJet or standard matrix printer. There are 13 different text sizes; up to 1.2" by 1". Can import files from Lotus 1-2-3, WordStar, dBase, etc. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LARGE PRINT DISPLAY PROCESSOR (DP-11 AND DP-11+) VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Large Print Display Processor enlarges the text on a monitor screen - up to sixteen times. The enlarged area can be moved around using a joystick control. A single line may be isolated for viewing, and the screen image can be positive or negative. The Large Print Display Processor does not enlarge graphics. The device requires no additional software and does not affect the operation of standard software. The processor does not occupy computer memory. ________________________________________________________________________ 11 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: LARGE PRINT DOS (LP-DOS) VENDOR: Optelec US Inc. P.O. Box 796 Westford, MA 01886 (800) 828-1056 ˙ (617) 789-5321 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Large Print DOS is a screen access program that runs PS/2 or PC applications with enlarged text. It runs on any IBM display adaptors and works with most commercial applications including Lotus 1-2-3. A range of 25 larger print sizes is available, providing characters up to 12 times normal size while running standard commercial software such as word processing programs, spreadsheets and programs for communication with mainframes and networks. The Deluxe Edition of this product combines high quality text and graphics magnification; it is interactive: the user sees magnified documents, pictures and animation while typing. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LARGE PRINT KEY LABELS VENDOR: Don Johnston Developmental Equipment Inc. P.O. Box 639 Wauconda, IL 60084 (800) 999-4660 ˙ FAX708 526-4177 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Large Print Key Labels may be added to the keyboard for easier key recognition. Placed directly on the keys or added to a moisture guard, these labels help the user who has a visual impairment. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LARGE PRINT TYPESETTING PROGRAM VENDOR: Kinetic Designs Inc. 14231 Anatevka Lane SE Olalla, WA 98359 (206) 857-7943 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Large-print typesetting program for dot matrix printers that may be augmented by voice output or screen magnification devices. Fonts available in various styles from 8-24 point. User may produce readable hard copy from standard text. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LARGE PRINT TYPEWRITER VENDOR: Typewriting Institute for the Handicapped 3102 W. Augusta Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85051 (602) 939-5344 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Large Print Typewriter is a reconditioned, converted IBM Model D electric typewriter with upper/lower case keys, 18-point print (6 spaces to inch horizontally compared to 10/12 for pica/elite and 4 spaces to inch vertically compared to 6 for pica/elite). ________________________________________________________________________ 12 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: LARGE TYPE VENDOR: Nat. Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering P. O. Drawer T Hewitt, NJ 07421 (800) 736-2216 ˙ (201) 853-6585 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Large Type (screen display) word processing programs for visually impaired users consist of a variety of programs for different needs, ranging from basic and full-featured spell checking programs to a graphics word processor. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LARGER MONITORS VENDOR: Microvitec 1943 Providence Court College Park, GA 30337 (404) 991-2246 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Larger and higher resolution monitors provide more readable display output. The 2019/SP is a 20" monitor running UGA with .31mm dot pitch ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LIMELIGHT VENDOR: Apercom Corporation 1601 Industrial Way - Suite 170 Belmont, CA 94002 (415) 593-5818 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Limelight is a large print device that projects an image from a computer monitor onto a wall or screen. Anything displayed on the computer's standard monitor will be projected, including graphics. Limelight is visible in lighted rooms; focus, brightness and contrast are easily adjustable. Also available are a variety of projection screens, a data switcher that allows up to 40 computers to send data to Limelight and video adapters and cabling for computers that are not able to produce the correct video signal. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LM-300, LM-301 VENDOR: Quadram - Intelligent Systems One Quad Way Norcross, GA 30093-2919 (404) 923-6666 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The LM-300 is a 15" black and white monitor with a maximum pixel resolution of 1660 by 1200. The LM-301 is the 15" version of the monitor, but with the screen turned sideways. ________________________________________________________________________ 13 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: LV-101SP VENDOR: Independent Living Aids 27 East Mall Plainview, NJ 11803 (800) 537-2118 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The LV-101SP is a portable, self-contained electronic magnifying viewer that is battery operated and may be used with its own built-in 4" monitor. It can also jack into a TV to turn it into a CCTV. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LYNX VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Lynx displays CCTV and other video images on a VGA screen while preserving the computer screen colors; it requires Vista/2 or Vista VGA. When Lynx and Vista are used with Telesensory CCTV camers, visually impaired users can enlarge both computer images and print material. Black and white images can be viewed in green, amber or user-selected colors. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: M24LMAX VENDOR: Image Systems Corp. 11543 K-Tel Dr. Hopkins, MN 55343 (612) 935-1171 ˙ FAX612 935-1386 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The M24LMAX is a 24" landscape ultra-high resolution monochrome/greyscale monitor. Its design brings brightness and clarity to the screen with resolutions up to 2000x1500, with 60 Hz frequencies. The extra large viewing area provides room for large fonts and high resolution. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MAGIC DELUXE VENDOR: Microsystems Software Inc. 600 Worchester Rd. Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 626-8511 ˙ FAX508 626-8515 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MAGic Deluxe is a memory resident screen magnification utility for VGA, XGA, and super VGA equipped IBM and compatible PCs, including laptops. It magnifies to 1.2x, 1.4x, 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, and 12x. ________________________________________________________________________ 14 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: MAGIC KEYBOARD VENDOR: Woodsmith Software Route 3 - Box 550 A Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-2137 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Magic Keyboard is a translation program using graphics to create large character sets and sixteen type styles for people with low vision. Program includes a "square font" that enlarges well with virtually no diagonals. The program can print very large characters. Data is entered from any word processing file (Magic Keyboard translates WordStar files directly) or from direct type mode one line at a time. The direct type mode features page formatting and online editing. The user can delete and insert; move a line; adjust margins and indentation; and jump to the beginning and end of the line. The system has fonts up to 1" tall. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MAGNIVIEW 400 VENDOR: Dukane Corp. 2900 Dukane Dr. St. Charles, IL 60174 (708) 584-2370 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The MagniView 400 is an LCD panel that projects high-resolution EGA and CGA images in 16 colors to an overhead screen. The panel sits atop an overhead projector, acting as a transparency allowing realtime data to be shown large enough for group presentations. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MAGNIWORD VENDOR: General Business Machines Corp. 5819 Uplander Way Culver City, CA 90230 (800) 228-3349 ˙ (213) 216-9955 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Magniword, an add-on designed for use with most applications running on VGA systems, produces a magnifying window that can be moved around the screen. It allows users of character-based applications to zoom toward or pull back from on-screen documents. It is menu-driven and requires no hardware modification. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MEGALYNK WORKSTATION VENDOR: The Lynk Corporation 101 Queens Dr. King of Prussia, PA 19406 (215) 265-3550 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The MegaLynk workstation is a 20-inch color display that emulates the IBM 3197C, providing a viewing area 200% larger than the 14-inch color display of the 3197C - ideal for use in classroom training, for warehouse/factory environments and for visually impaired persons. ________________________________________________________________________ 15 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: MEGATREND/2 VENDOR: Intecolor Corporation 2150 Boggs Rd. Duluth, GA 30136 (404) 623-9145 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Megatrend/2 is a 20" color monitor with a pixel resolution up to 1280x1024; anti-glare screens and tilt/swivel bases are available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MEVA (MINIATURE ELECTRONIC VISUAL AID) VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MEVA, a portable CCTV system weighing less than eight pounds, includes a hand-held camera, a four inch flat screen CRT monitor and four magnification lenses of 3,4,5 and 8 times normal size. The system is carried in a shoulder strap softpack case and provides assistance in reading, writing and typing applications for visually impaired users. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MOREFONTS VENDOR: MicroLogic Software 6400 Hollis Emeryville, CA 94608 (415) 652-5464 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MoreFonts is a DOS scalable font generator. The program generates bit-mapped fonts for HP LaserJet & DeskJet and compatible printers thus providing larger print. It supports fill patterns and drop shadows and supports most word processors and desktop applications. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NEC 19" COLOR MONITOR VENDOR: NEC Home Electronics Inc. 1255 Michael Dr. Wood Dale, IL 60191-1094 (708) 860-9500 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The MultiSync XL is a 19" color monitor with a pixel resolution of 1024 by 768. The monitor starts at 21.5 and goes to 50 KHZ. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NEC MULTISYNC 5D COLOR MONITOR VENDOR: NEC Home Electronics Inc. 1255 Michael Dr. Wood Dale, IL 60191-1094 (708) 860-9500 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This 20" monitor by NEC offers the performance needed for Windows, CAD/CAM, and desktop publishing. ________________________________________________________________________ 16 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: NO-SQUINT VENDOR: SkiSoft Publishing 1644 Massachusetts Ave. - Suite 79 Lexington, MA 02173 (800) 662-3622 ˙ (617) 863-1876 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The No-Squint laptop cursor program makes the cursor big, bold and/or blink so the user can readily find it. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NOVATRANS VENDOR: Compute Able Network P.O. Box 1706 Portland, OR 97207 (503) 645-0009 ˙ FAX503 645-2049 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: NovaTrans enhances the IBM PC or compatible through screen magnification (up to 12X), speech synthesis and camera enlargement. NovaTrans also allows for one-finger use of the keyboard. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: OPTEQ V VENDOR: Tojek & Associates 17355 Mierow Lane Brookfield, WI 53005 (414) 784-4979 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Opteq V is a split screen/computer access CCTV which interfaces with PCs allowing the user to read, write and input computer data. Software is not included, but local Opteq dealers can advise about software. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: P-SEE COLOR CCTV VENDOR: Talking and Visual Aids 8136 Appoline Detroit, MI 48228 (313) 935-1266 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The P-See is a color CCTV system (19" or 20") that features a pneumatic arm with camera and monitor mounted as a unit. The camera raises and lowers independently so the unit can be positioned at any level. It has its own customized height-adjustable wheeled user table with large post-freee drop-leaf for a work space. ________________________________________________________________________ 17 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: PC LENS VENDOR: ARTS Computer Products Inc. 121 Beach St. - Suite 400 Boston, MA 02111-2501 (800) 343-0095 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC LENS makes characters on a computer screen easier to read - characters appear enlarged, spread apart and colored (optional). The section of the enlarged screen may be moved both horizontally and vertically, using the cursor keys. PC LENS commands are executed using the function keys. PC LENS shows all 255 IBM characters sent to the display screen, but does not work with graphics. It works on PC-DOS and MS-DOS computers supporting standard IBM software and video cards. A monochrome and a color adapter card are required, even if only a color monitor is used. Terminal emulation compatibility: not with DCA's IRMA card; will work with Avitar and IdeaComm. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC VIEWER LCD VENDOR: In Focus Systems Inc. 7649 S.W. Mohawk Street Tualatin, OR 97062 (800) 327-7231 ˙ (503) 692-4968 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC Viewer LCD provides a means to display presentations created on a personal computer onto an overhead projector. Four models are available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PORTABLE LARGE PRINT COMPUTER VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A portable large print computer which magnifies up to 64 times. It is linked to a PC and has a hand-held camera. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PRINTRIX VENDOR: Data Transforms 616 Washington Street Denver, CO 80203 (303) 832-1501 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Printrix provides for enlarged printing to graphics printers. Many different fonts are included and additional fonts are available. Support exists for automatic word wrapping and pagination. ________________________________________________________________________ 18 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: PRIVATE EYE VENDOR: Reflection Technology 240 Bear Hill Rd. Waltham, MA 02154 (617) 890-5905 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Private Eye is a miniature virtual display which creates the full size image of a 12" monitor in a package measuring 1.2"x1.3"x3.5" and weighing 2.25 oz. The image appears to float in space about two feet in front of the user, providing a hands-free view of information. This is a helpful product for persons with mobility impairments as well as vision impairments. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PROXIMA DATA DISPLAYS VENDOR: Proxima Corp. 6610 Nancy Ridge Dr. San Diego, CA 92121 (800) 582-2580 ˙ (800) 582-0852 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Proxima makes five data displays which project computer-generated text and graphics as large-screen images. The panels are placed on any transmissive overhead projector and connect to the computer. The displays are portable and compact and support all video standards, including VGA in both text and graphics modes. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: READABLE FONTS VENDOR: Kinetic Designs Inc. 14231 Anatevka Lane SE Olalla, WA 98359 (206) 857-7943 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ReadAble Fonts is a large print typesetting program to be used with Fancy Font when printing to dot matrix printers. The sizes supported are from eight to twenty-four points. The print image quality is dependent upon the printer resolution. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SEETEC SYSTEMS VENDOR: Seeing Technologies Inc. 7074 Brooklyn Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55429 (800) 462-3738 ˙ (612) 560-8080 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SEETEC Systems provide color and black and white electronic magnification for the visually impaired. These visual aids are ideal for education and industrial markets - providing magnification up to 60 times normal size. The systems are color digital cameras with zoom lens and a high-resolution monitor. ________________________________________________________________________ 19 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: SHARP QA-1000 TRUE-COLOR OVERHEAD COMPUTER PROJ. PANEL VENDOR: Sharp Electronics Corp. Professional Products Division Sharp Plaza Mahwah, NJ 07430 (201) 529-8731 ˙ FAX201 529-9636 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Sharp QA-1000 Panel is a true-color TFT overhead data projection panel that provides vivid, bright images in a full 640x480 pixel VGA resolution. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SHARP QA-75 OVERHEAD COMPUTER PROJECTION PANEL VENDOR: Sharp Electronics Corp. Professional Products Division Sharp Plaza Mahwah, NJ 07430 (201) 529-8731 ˙ FAX201 529-9636 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The QA-75 overhead data projection panel boosts resolution to 640 by 480 for VGA graphics. The new LCD technology improves resolution and display; users can freeze all or half of the display, enlarge any quadrant or reverse display shades. It displays 16 true shades of gray and comes with a 22 function wireless control unit. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TALL TEX VENDOR: C-Tech P. O. Box 30 Pearl River, NY 10965-9998 (914) 735-7907 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Tall Tex is a RAM resident large-text generator, printing characters up to 2.5" high and 2" wide. Other features include word wrapping without hyphenation and 80-column or 132-column paper. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCHDOWN KEYTOP/KEYFRONT KITS VENDOR: Hooleon Corporation P. O. Box 201 Cornville, AZ 86325 (602) 634-7515 ˙ FAX602 634-4620 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These kits modify or enlarge the key legends of a computer or typewriter. Keytops are cut to fit and are imprinted on the underside to prevent wear. An adhesive keeps the label in place, while allowing its removal without damaging the keyboard. Custom kits may be ordered or the following are available: home row indicators, reconfiguration kits, emulation kits, word processing kits (for applications such as DisplayWrite, WordPerfect), Dvorak conversion kits, accounting/spreadsheet kits, foreign language kits and more. ________________________________________________________________________ 20 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: TYPESELECT VENDOR: Micro Alliance Corp. 211 Third Street Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (800) 824-8754 ˙ (408) 375-2802 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This software program works with most standard matrix printers and provides for expanded and enlarged output. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VANTAGE CCD VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Vantage CCD is a 14" closed circuit TV (CCTV) with solid state CCD camera providing magnification from 3 to 45 times original size. The device may be used stand-alone to assist low-vision users in reading printed material or as a direct connection to PCs to assist in reading the computer screen. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VERBAL VIEW VENDOR: Computer Conversations Inc. 6297 Worthington Rd. SW Alexandria, OH 43001 (614) 924-2885 ˙ (614) 263-7574 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VERBAL VIEW magnifies characters on the computer display. It is memory resident, so it can be selected on demand via keyboard function keys. Characters can be displayed in LINE (enlarges one line at a time) or COLUMN (enlarges 20 characters at a time). It supports four different character sizes, as well as different color palettes. This is an output-only product. Magnification is provided while viewing data, not during data entry. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VIEWFRAME VENDOR: nView Corporation 11835 Canon Blvd. Newport News, VA 23606 (804) 873-1354 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ViewFrame is a series of high-resolution, liquid crystal displays which connect to the video port of the computer to allow projection of color computer video onto a large screen. ________________________________________________________________________ 21 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: VIEWSCAN TEXT SYSTEM VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Viewscan Text System is a combination electronic large print display and portable computer. The computer is a modified Epson HX-20, with a standard 80-character LCD display and small built-in printer. The LCD is used only for display of the opening menu and does not function when operating the system. A hand-held camera passes across written text, and the text scanned by the camera appears on the large print display in letters up to 3" high. Text created and edited on the portable computer can also be viewed on the large-print display. The system has calculator and word processing functions. If only reading of printed text is desired, the large print display unit and miniature camera can be used separately from the computer. Various software packages are available, including database management and spread sheets. Systems are also available that allow the VTS to be used as a keyboard for the IBM PC or a terminal for an IBM mainframe. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VIEWSTAR VENDOR: Viewstar Inc. 13 Burke Ave. Newport News, VA 23601 (804) 596-6113 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Viewstar is a stand-alone CCTV system for single view reading, writing and examining small objects. It has an internal lamp, a zoom lens (4-25x) and an x-y stage; it has a black and white reversal switch on the camera. It may be used with any TV set, or a monitor can be obtained. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VIKING VENDOR: Moniterm Corporation 5740 Green Circle Drive Minnetonka, MN 55343 (612) 935-4151 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Viking 2/91 and 3/91 are 19" monochrome and gray scale monitors, respectively, for PC or PS/2. Viking 21/91 is a color monitor. ________________________________________________________________________ 22 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: VISTA VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Vista is a hardware and software package that allows a portion of the screen display to be enlarged. The system consists of an internal circuit card, a program on disk and a mouse. By pressing certain buttons on the mouse and moving the mouse, the user enlarges an area of the screen, moves the area around the screen, masks off only one line for viewing, jumps from the end of one line to the beginning of another and stretches an image taller or wider. Magnification is from 3-16 times. VISTA works with most software and magnifies graphics and other screen attributes. VISTA VGA runs with PS/2 models 25, 30 and 30-286; VISTA/2 runs with models 50, 60, 70 and 80. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOYAGER XL CCD VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voyager XL CCD is a closed circuit TV with a 19" diagonal display with magnification from 4-60 times; it provides electronic line markers which isolate lines of print and black out the rest of the display, an x/y reading table and fluorescent lighting. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ZOOMER VENDOR: Kinetic Designs Inc. 14231 Anatevka Lane SE Olalla, WA 98359 (206) 857-7943 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Zoomer is a resident monitor enlargement program. It must be used with EGA/VGA videocard hardware and a high quality monitor. It will zoom wireless up to 7X enlargement and has a scanning mode with a speed controller. A reverse video cursor control is available. ________________________________________________________________________ 23 Enlarged Output PRODUCT: ZOOMTEXT VENDOR: AI Squared Inc. 1463 Hearst Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 233-7065 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Zoomtext is a RAM-resident program that enlarges screen characters up to eight times. It runs on the IBM PC, XT, AT and PS/2 and requires an EGA or VGA graphics adapter. ZoomText works with character-based software, providing visually impaired persons access to PC software. Horizontal and vertical split screen modes allow enlarged and normal sized text to be viewed simultaneously. ZoomText is controlled by pop-up menus that display in the current magnification. It has 11 magnification levels from 2x to 16x. ZoomText Plus contains all features of ZoomText plus magnification high resolution in 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x. A built-in programmer's interface allows it to be directly controlled from an application program. ________________________________________________________________________ 24 Enlarged Output Braille This category includes hard-copy braillers which emboss/print braille, soft-copy braille displays and monitors and the services and software components providing the multiple translate-to-braille functions. Braille embossers (hard-copy output devices) vary in performance and price, based upon casual personal use to production models. Braille displays (soft-copy monitors) allow the user to read in braille the information seen on the screen: the device creates dynamically refreshable braille characters corresponding to the screen information. The number of cells available at any one time varies from 1 to 40. Braille software conversion programs or services translate to the different grades of braille. Another tactile reading device being used by the blind to capture output from the computer display or the printed page is the Optacon II which presents information to the user via a vibrating tactile display. PRODUCT: 3M BRAILLE LABELER VENDOR: American Foundation for the Blind 15 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011 (212) 620-2000 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This Braille Labeler embosses Braille on 3/8" or 1/2" vinyl and magnetic tape. The upper rim of the dial is Brailled; the lower rim displays the standard alphabet. Available characters: complete alphabet, the number sign, commonly used contractions, word contractions and punctuation marks. The Labeler can also be used as a standard alphabet labeler with the standard alphabet dial. It comes with one spool of vinyl tape. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ABLE-2 PRODUCT FAMILY VENDOR: Automated Business Systems & Services Inc. 6715 Kenilworth Ave. Riverdale, MD 20737-9960 (301) 454-8200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ABLE-2 Product Family supports computer users with special needs in a systematic program in four parts: needs assessment, workstation family, focused training, life cycle support. Needs assessment focuses on vision-impaired/blind, hearing-impaired/deaf and neuromuscular impairment or para/quadriplegic. Computer users with visual impairments are provided with optical character readers, voice synthesizers, screen readers, tactile output displays and Braille devices. The workstation family may be configured with voice input, mouse, foot pedal, joystick and headpointer. ________________________________________________________________________ 25 Braille PRODUCT: APH POCKETBRAILLE VENDOR: American Printing House for the Blind P.O. Box 6085 Louisville, KY 40206-0085 (502) 895-2405 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The APH PocketBraille is a portable, battery operated, voice output computer designed for braille users. As a standalone unit, it enables the user to write, read, edit and store about 200 pages of Grade 2 braille. When connected to other devices, it sends and receives data in ASCII or program code, allowing for interaction with PCs, printers, Braille embossers, modems, etc. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ATC/RESUS 214 VENDOR: American Thermoform Corporation 2311 Travers Avenue City of Commerce, CA 90040 (213) 723-9021 ˙ FAX213 728-8877 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ATC/RESUS 214, specifically designed for medium to heavy Braille production, features 210 lines per minute, six or eight dot Braille and graphic capabilities. The ATC/Resus 214 interfaces with most computers, microprocessors or paperless Braille equipment. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AUTO BRAILLE VENDOR: Kansys Inc. 1016 Ohio St. Lawrence, KS 66044 (913) 843-0351 ˙ (913) 842-4016 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Auto Braille is a memory-resident version of Turbo Braille. It automatically intercepts any output from a word processor or other software and sends it to the printer. It will then format it for Braille printing, translate it into Grade 2 Braille and send it to an embosser. Auto Braille occupies 50K of memory (or 2K with expanded memory). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE & PRINT DEVICE VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This Braille and print device uses Perkins Brailler and QE80 printer. ________________________________________________________________________ 26 Braille PRODUCT: BRAILLE 'N SPEAK VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille 'n Speak, a compact, portable talking device with a seven-key Braille keyboard, may be used as a talking computer terminal, a Braille to print transcriber and a word processor. It is supported by the IBM Screen Reader; other features include a talking clock, calendar, calculator, stopwatch and a note organizer. It stores 20 file folders of information and has a 200,000 character memory. This battery-operated device also has a communication port for computer or printer connections. It allows information that is entered to print on a printer and will convert Grade 2 Braille entered into printable text. Braille 'n Speak has a built-in speech synthesizer; a battery charger and headset are included. Also available is a disk drive accessory, a small disk storage device that lets the user save files from Braille 'n Speak to standard 3.5 disks. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE BLAZER PRINTER VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille Blazer is a small, light, quiet personal Braille printer with speech output for configuring the printer and as voice to any computer; it is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN VENDOR: Seedlings Braille Books for Children P. O. Box 2395 Livonia, MI 48151-0395 (313) 427-8552 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille Books for Children is a collection of 95 titles averaging $8/book; a catalog is available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE DOCUMENTS VENDOR: Metrolina Sight Services 704 Louise Avenue Charlotte, NC (704) 372-3870 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This production shop creates Braille and large-print documents. ________________________________________________________________________ 27 Braille PRODUCT: BRAILLE INTERFACE TERMINAL (BIT) VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Braille Interface Terminal (BIT) package contains a high-quality, 20-cell Braille display which serves as a window to the computer screen. A built-in Braille keyboard allows the user to enter data and commands from either the Braille or PC keyboard. A joystick makes maneuvering the review window simple and efficient. Software written for the BIT provides a set of commands for access to off-the-shelf software. This BIT software is also available for the VersaBraille II+. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE LABELED DISKETTES VENDOR: Brown Disc 1110 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (800) 654-4871 ˙ (719) 593-1015 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Special diskettes come with the label written in Braille. Each disc in the box has an identical label in Braille, and each box contains a user kit to allow embossing the contents on a pressure-sensitive label. The blind user can determine the technical description of a box of media or disc and apply a description in Braille to each diskette using the specially designed user kit. Available in both 5.25" and 3.5" diskette size. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE PRINTERS VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Operations 3035 Center Green - Plaza 2 Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 426-3388 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IBM manufactures three printers which support Braille through modifications ordered through your local IBM branch office. The three printers are models 4245, 4248 and 6262 (for mainframe computers, not PS/2s). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE SERVICES VENDOR: MSMT Braille Center 3917 Mayette Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95405 (707) 579-1115 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The vendor provides brailling, enlargement, and large print services and does braille graphics of cities, parks, and buildings. ________________________________________________________________________ 28 Braille PRODUCT: BRAILLE TELECAPTION SYSTEM VENDOR: Science Applications International Corporation 135 Old Solomons Island Rd. Annapolis, MD 21401 (301) 266-0993 ˙ (202) 261-8424 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Braille TeleCaption System, used with a Telebrailler or other Braille telephone device, provides news, weather, sports and educational television programming to deaf-blind individuals nationwide on ABC, CBS and NBC. The system translates data into Grade 1 Braille. Deaf-blind persons who have a Telebrailler or other braille telephone device may use them to read the Braille characters. The Telebrailler receives the information like a telephone call and prints it out on its 20-character Braille display. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE TRANSCRIPTION AND DUPLICATION VENDOR: National Braille Association Inc. 1290 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 (716) 473-0090 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Customized printed information in Braille format, including hardware and software technical manuals. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE-TALK VENDOR: GW Micro 310 Racquet Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (219) 483-3625 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille-Talk allows standard text from a word processor to be translated into accurate fully-contracted Braille for embossing. It supports Grade 2, Grade 1 and computer Braille. No knowledge of formal Braille transcription is needed. With a speech synthesizer attached to a computer, all screen messages may be read aloud. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLEMASTER VENDOR: Howtek Inc. 21 Park Ave. Hudson, NH 03051 (603) 882-5200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braillemaster, a modified version of Howtek's Pixelmaster color ink jet printer, retains the functionality of Pixelmaster - a color printer capable of merging color graphics and images with crisp text on any standard paper at five to ten cents per page. Developed with the National Federation of the Blind, Braillemaster can print alphanumeric characters along with Braille; it leaves a slightly raised dot or line and can print maps, charts, graphs and images directly from a computer. ________________________________________________________________________ 29 Braille PRODUCT: BRAILLO 400S INTERPOINT VENDOR: American Thermoform Corporation 2311 Travers Avenue City of Commerce, CA 90040 (213) 723-9021 ˙ FAX213 728-8877 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Braillo 400S Interpoint prints at the rate of 1200 pages per hour. The model 90, at 90 CPS, is less expensive. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILON THERMOFORM DUPLICATOR, MAXI-FORM VENDOR: American Thermoform Corporation 2311 Travers Avenue City of Commerce, CA 90040 (213) 723-9021 ˙ FAX213 728-8877 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This copy machine for producing tactile images copies any Brailled or embossed original by a vacuum forming process. This model is for reproduction of teaching aids, geographic and mobility maps. Maps measuring 13-7/8 by 18-5/8" may be formed. Thermoform machines plug into any AC outlet. The original is placed in the unit, a sheet of Brailon (paperlike plastic) is placed over the original and secured, and the heating unit is pulled into position for the vacuum pump to produce copy. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: C PROGRAMMING VENDOR: National Braille Press 88 St. Stephen St. Boston, MA 02115 (617) 266-6160 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille edition of C Programming by Kernighan and Ritchie. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CUSTOMIZED BRAILLE VENDOR: Braille Inc. 205 Worcester Court - C3 Falmouth, MA 02540 (617) 540-0800 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Customized printed information in Braille format, including hardware and software technical manuals. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CUSTOMIZED BRAILLE VENDOR: Associated Services for the Blind 919 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 627-0600 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Direct braille services, including text and technical material transcriptions. A depository of texts, music scores and general-interest materials are available. ________________________________________________________________________ 30 Braille PRODUCT: DURAN DOTS VENDOR: ARTS Computer Products Inc. 121 Beach St. - Suite 400 Boston, MA 02111-2501 (800) 343-0095 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Duran Dots is a daisy-wheel printer capable of producing both print and Braille characters. By changing the rubber platen and removing the ribbon, a letter-quality printer is converted into a Braille embosser which uses standard form-feed paper. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DUXBURY BRAILLE TRANSLATOR/MSDOS-PCDOS VENDOR: Duxbury Systems Inc. 435 King Street P.O. Box 1504 Littleton, MA 01460 (508) 486-9766 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Duxbury Translator is a text-to-Braille translation program allowing a sighted person with no knowledge of Braille to type and edit text and format it into Braille. It is capable of Grade 1 and Grade 2 Braille output in American and British. Spanish, French and Nemeth Math Codes are supported via supplement products. The system is compatible with hard- and soft-copy Braille output devices and large-print output devices. The translator may be used with most word processing programs. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DYNAREAD VENDOR: Computers To Help People Inc. 1221 W. Johnson St. Madison, WI 53715 (608) 257-5917 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A reading and study aid for print-handicapped persons, Dynaread displays material on a Braille display, a speech synthesizer, a large print screen, etc. Users can make marginal notes, move backward and forward, search and read reference material along with text. It converts files from word processors and includes spelling checker and proof-reader; documentation is self-contained. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ELECTRONIC TYPING FINGERS VENDOR: Personal Micro Computers 275 Santa Ana Ct. Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (408) 737-8444 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Electronic Fingers is an adapter for the IBM braille typewriter to allow computer output of braille. A parallel printer interface is required. ________________________________________________________________________ 31 Braille PRODUCT: EUREKA A4 VENDOR: Enabling Technologies Co. 3102 S.E. Jay St. Stuart, FL 34997 (407) 283-4817 ˙ FAX407 220-2920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Eureka is a 3-pound Braille input stand-alone computer with 64K of RAM; it uses a 3.5" disk drive, runs on rechargeable batteries and features a word processor, database, notepad and scientific calculator. This unit has VT-100 terminal emulation capabilities and acts as a talking thermometer and volt meter. The Eureka A4 can be interfaced with an IBM PC such that it can take the place of a traditional speech synthesizer. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HOT DOTS VENDOR: Raised Dot Computing 408 South Baldwin St. Madison, WI 53703 (608) 257-9595 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Hot Dots is a program for the IBM PC that allows the user to translate standard print text files to Grade 2 Braille and to output the Braille files to a variety of Braille printers. Hot Dots also translates Grade 2 Braille files to standard print text files. Hot Dots includes a global search and replace feature (useful for changing text and for adjusting Braille translation) and a formatting feature (useful for switching between braille and print page layouts). There is also a speech interface compatible with most popular speech synthesizers. Hot Dots requires 128K of memory and at least one disk drive. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LOC-DOTS VENDOR: ARTS Computer Products Inc. 121 Beach St. - Suite 400 Boston, MA 02111-2501 (800) 343-0095 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Loc-Dots are clear, adhesive-backed raised dots which affix to the keyboard to identify certain keys, e.g., the "home row" position, the shift or return keys to help those who can't see the keyboard. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MARATHON BRAILLER VENDOR: Enabling Technologies Co. 3102 S.E. Jay St. Stuart, FL 34997 (407) 283-4817 ˙ FAX407 220-2920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Marathon Brailler prints at 200 characters per second in character sets for the USA, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. It features an intellignet numeric keypad, a 32-character visual display and is portable. Characteristics include: adjustable page lengths and widths, serial or parallel interface, 6 and 8-dot Braille, built-in computer and Grade 1 Braille, a 32-character visual display and a 32K text buffer. ________________________________________________________________________ 32 Braille PRODUCT: MOUNTBATTEN BRAILLER VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This multi-function device for visually impaired persons can be used as a computer driven embosser with most PCs and as a computer terminal. The RS232 computer interface includes selectable baud rate, handshaking and selection of braille computer code. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MPRINT VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MPRINT connects to a Perkins Brailler and sends the same characters being embossed on the Perkins to a standard printer for printing as standard characters. Each line appears as an individual line on the ink jet printer. Pre-set default positions are provided for margins, capitalization and spacing. MPRINT automatically expands Grade 2 Braille into full ASCII text for printing. MPRINT has additional features such as more flexible formatting and the ability to delete the last characters sent. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NAVIGATOR VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Navigator is a new family of Braille computer access systems for blind students and professionals. It features a Braille display of 20, 40 or 80 cells of 6 and 8 dots each. With View 2, Navigator instantly translates text on the PC screen into Grade 2 Braille. The system attaches to the bottom of a PC keyboard or laptop with a latching mechanism. A control panel provides navigation keys for movement of the cursor and display window. It accommodates users who need to access MS-DOS and those who want access to a Braille-based integrated software system. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NFBTRANS VENDOR: Roudley Associates PO Box 608 Owings Mills, MD 21117 (800) 333-7049 ˙ (301) 363-0834 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: NFBTRANS is a text to Braille translation computer tool developed at the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore. The program for vision-impaired people produces Grade 2 Braille from text entered using a word processing program. An embosser or a paperless brailling device and word processing software are required. ________________________________________________________________________ 33 Braille PRODUCT: NOTEX VENDOR: Adhoc Reading Systems 28 Brunswick Woods Dr. E. Brunswick, NJ 08816 (800) 783-3210 ˙ (201) 254-7300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Notex is a 24-cell refreshable braille display and portable note taker. PC-Link software allows Notex to be connected to a PC's serial port to display the contents in braille. A Notex 40-cell display is available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: OHTSUKI PRINTER BT-5000 VENDOR: American Thermoform Corporation 2311 Travers Avenue City of Commerce, CA 90040 (213) 723-9021 ˙ FAX213 728-8877 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: To close the gap between ink print and Braille media preparation, the Ohtsuki Printer produces Braille only, print only or Braille and print on parallel lines. A sighted person can produce Braille, edit and correct it with little or no knowledge of Braille. The printer may also be used to produce graphics. The machine handles different paper thickness, length and width. Continuous paper or single sheets may be loaded. The printer uses an ink roller for print, rather than a ribbon cartridge. A RS-232C serial interface or parallel interface is required. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: OPTACON II VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Optacon II, a more compact version of TeleSensory's original product, is a small, portable reading device which converts printed information into a tactile image to be read by finger by a blind person. Optacon II may be connected to a PC, providing the reader access to vast amounts of electronic information. This feature also permits computer-assisted training using special software. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC BRAILLE VENDOR: ARTS Computer Products Inc. 121 Beach St. - Suite 400 Boston, MA 02111-2501 (800) 343-0095 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Translation software for the IBM PC XT and AT, PC Braille generates documents in Grade 1, Grade 2 or the newly-adopted Computer Braille (Grade O). PC Braille automatically translates text files into Braille. It runs on PC DOS and MS DOS computers supporting standard IBM software and works with all commercial braille embossers through a communications or centronix port. ________________________________________________________________________ 34 Braille PRODUCT: RANSLEY BRAILLE INTERFACE VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Ransley Braille Interface makes the production of Grade 2 Braille simple. It is a box that connects between any standard computer or computerized souce and any standard Braille embosser. The printing of material in Grade II Braille now is as easy as generating regular print copy. Formatting options include page width and length, optional page numbering, tabs and margins. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: RDS BRAILLE LEARNING CENTER SYSTEM VENDOR: Royal Data Systems Rt. 14 Box 230 Highway 64 West Morganton, NC 28655 (800) 843-9750 ˙ (704) 433-5909 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The RDS Braille System is an interactive speech system providing verbal and tactile response to data entry and information exchange. It uses a conventional keyboard and a special Braille alternate input device. A special device allows for programmable keys to be macro defined. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: REFERENCE CARDS IN BRAILLE VENDOR: National Braille Press 88 St. Stephen St. Boston, MA 02115 (617) 266-6160 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Reference cards, in braille, for various popular personal computer applications, including dBase, WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Word, DOS User's Guide, ProComm, QWERTY and WordStar. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ROMEO BRAILLE PRINTER 20 VENDOR: Enabling Technologies Co. 3102 S.E. Jay St. Stuart, FL 34997 (407) 283-4817 ˙ FAX407 220-2920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Romeo Brailler 20 prints Grade 1 or "computer" Braille (from a computer text file) at up to 20 characters per second. The user either sends the device a computer Braille text file via a Centronics parallel interface or an RS-232C serial interface or types Braille text on an external braille keyboard (extra). The Romeo prints in 6 or 8-dot braille with 42 cells to the line, has an audible paper-out detector, weighs only 31 lbs. and uses tractor feed paper. Character sets supported: US, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. This product upgrades to Model 40. ________________________________________________________________________ 35 Braille PRODUCT: ROMEO BRAILLE PRINTER 40 VENDOR: Enabling Technologies Co. 3102 S.E. Jay St. Stuart, FL 34997 (407) 283-4817 ˙ FAX407 220-2920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Romeo Brailler 40 prints Grade 1 or "computer" Braille (from a text file) at up to 40 characters per second. The user either sends the device a computer braille text file via a Centronics parallel interface or an RS-232C serial interface or types Braille on an external braille keyboard (extra). The Romeo prints in 6 or 8-dot braille with 42 cells to the line. An audible paper-out detector is provided. Character sets supported: US, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPEAKSYS VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SpeakSys is a program for the IBM PC which allows Braille 'n Speak by Blazie to be the keyboard and the voice for the personal computer. The product connects to the serial port and allows the user to enter text into the computer using grade two Braille or computer Braille. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TELEBRAILLE VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This real-time portable communication aid for deaf-blind users facilitates face-to-face or phone communication between two deaf-blind people. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TURBO BRAILLE VENDOR: Kansys Inc. 1016 Ohio St. Lawrence, KS 66044 (913) 843-0351 ˙ (913) 842-4016 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Turbo Braille (version 1.0) is a braille translator and formatter that produces formatted Grade II Braille from any WordPerfect, WordStar or ASCII text file. It runs on any MS-DOS computer and supports a variety of Braille embossers. It handles all basic formatting tasks such as centering and paragraphs, boldface and italic print, and print and braille page numbers automatically. ________________________________________________________________________ 36 Braille PRODUCT: VERSABRAILLE II+ VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VersaBraille II+ is a portable computing, word processor and I/O device with a 20-character refreshable Braille display. The user enters text on the Braille keyboard and reads this text on the Braille display that can be electronically raised to form Braille characters (a refreshable Braille display). Computer braille text can also be transmitted between the device and a PC in the form of ASCII text files. The system comes with the following: calculator program, communications control program and FastKey program for remapping function keys. Additional companion software is also available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VERSAPOINT GRAPHICS VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VersaPoint Graphics creates Braille graphics with a PC and Versapoint. When used with popular PC drawing and graphing programs like PC Paintbrush, Dr. Halo, Graphing Assistant, Drawing Assistant or Lotus 1-2-3, VersaPoint captures selected portions of resulting screen images. The result is embossed bar charts, maps, graphs and schematics. Mobility instructors can emboss Braille maps, teachers can Braille charts and figures and engineers can Braille results of computer-aided design. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VERSAPOINT-40 VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VersaPoint is a 40-character-per-second Braille embosser with a movable platen for placing a Braille dot anywhere on the page. VersaPoint uses solenoids to generate its Braille characters. Each solenoid only needs to Braille four cells per line to reduce strain on the embossing heads. Paper type and width are user selectable up to 13 inches. VersaPoint uses tractor fed paper, has a 30,000 character buffer and uses standard parallel and serial ports. All configuration control parameters are set through the control panel or sent from the cmoputer rather than with switches. VersaPoint supports sideways embossing, permitting printing of a full screen of information while retaining the exact screen format. ________________________________________________________________________ 37 Braille PRODUCT: VIEW 2 VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: View 2 is a PC feature that enables ASCII text on the computer screen to be instantly translated to Grade 2 braille on the braille display. Braille readers can view off-the-shelf PC-based software in Grade 2 braille without changing the computer screen or file. A braille reader can read all text files and disk manuals in Grade 2 braille without changing the files. View 2 is available with Telesensory's Navigator series of 20, 40 or 80 character 6 or 8 dot braille display systems. ________________________________________________________________________ 38 Braille Audio Output Screen Reading Many products provide synthesized speech and, in conjunction with software, produce audio output of information displayed on a computer screen. This screen-reading software allows the user to hear what is on the screen. Functions are initiated with the standard keyboard or sometimes with an auxiliary keypad, allowing the user to "navigate" the displayed information, e.g., find a specific text string, read the previous line, read the next word or read the current letter. Programmable functions are sometimes provided to facilitate reading fixed positions on the screen (such as columnar data and windows of data, setting margins, placing markers, using dictionaries of abbreviations and using substitution tables for graphics, punctuation and other special characters. Most screen-reading software works with more than one speech synthesizer. Compatibility varies. Vendors should be consulted to ascertain configuration requirements and flexibility of synthesizers, emulation cards and compatible "standard" software. PRODUCT: ABLE-2 PRODUCT FAMILY VENDOR: Automated Business Systems & Services Inc. 6715 Kenilworth Ave. Riverdale, MD 20737-9960 (301) 454-8200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ABLE-2 Product Family supports computer users with special needs in a systematic program in four parts: needs assessment, workstation family, focused training, life cycle support. Needs assessment focuses on vision-impaired/blind, hearing-impaired/deaf and neuromuscular impairment or para/quadriplegic. Computer users with visual impairments are provided with optical character readers, voice synthesizers, screen readers, tactile output displays and Braille devices. The workstation family may be configured with voice input, mouse, foot pedal, joystick and headpointer. ________________________________________________________________________ 39 Screen Reading PRODUCT: ARTIC BUSINESS VISION VENDOR: Artic Technologies 55 Park St. - Suite 2 Troy, MI 48083-2753 (313) 588-7370 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Artic Business Vision is a speech processor for blind business computer users featuring true interactive speech with spread sheets. It is compatible with Lotus 1-2-3 and other packages and has a built-in calculator with 10 memories and voice scrollback of entries. It includes all the features of Artic Vision, may be used with an IBM PC AT or XT and runs with word processors, database managers and communication programs. An important feature is its ability to add speech automatically to spread sheet programs like Lotus 1-2-3 and VP-Planner. Cell data is automatically spoken - without the use of complicated key macros. Row and column titles may be spoken. Talking menus and status functions complete this package. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ARTIC VISION VENDOR: Artic Technologies 55 Park St. - Suite 2 Troy, MI 48083-2753 (313) 588-7370 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Artic Vision is a comprehensive software package that processes screen and keyboard output into speech. Two modes of operation permit most programs to be spoken during operation. In the AP-Track mode, much speech output is automatic and follows the application. The Review mode, entered with a single keystroke, allows the screen to be read in a directed fashion. Ten windows, nine user-definable, are used to read portions of the screen. Automatic Speech Clearing allows movement about the screen using single keystrokes without listening to unwanted text. It is compatible with the SynPhonix 200 speech synthesizer. An IBM PC/XT with 256K memory and a single disk drive is the minimal suggested configuration. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BESTSPEECH VENDOR: Berkeley Speech Technologies Inc. 2409 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704 (415) 841-5083 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This text to speech conversion facility is useful to persons who are blind and vision impaired and may be used by those with speech, hearing and learning difficulties. BeSTspeech products are compatible with VBX architecture; computer-created synthetic speech can be delivered over many phone lines simultaneously by a single AT-PC platform running under OS/2. A one-line DOS version is available. All packages offer digital voice recording and phone management capabilities. ________________________________________________________________________ 40 Screen Reading PRODUCT: DIGITAL VOICE FOR TALKING DATABASE VENDOR: Hy-Tek Manufacturing Company Adaptive Systems Division 1980 Route 30 Sugar Grove, IL 60554 (312) 466-7664 ˙ (312) 587-1207 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This product adds speech to PC files; uses include personnel identification and security, multilingual training, assembly instructions and reminders, engineering notations, facilities description - many uses for any database. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DOUBLETALK PC VENDOR: RC Systems Inc. 121 West Winesap Road Bothell, WA 98012 (206) 672-6909 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DoubleTalk PC has a dual-synthesizer design allowing it to talk for blind, learning disabled and visually impaired users. DoubleTalk allows the user to read and spell individual words or listen to paragraphs and sentences. An unlimited text-to-speech synthesizer translates text output from any program capable of printing to a printer into high-quality male voice. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ENABLE READER SPEECH SYSTEM VENDOR: PC-SIG Inc. 1030 D East Duane Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (408) 730-9291 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Enable system allows vision-impaired and blind individuals to use standard software through a variety of speech synthesizers. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FLIPPER VENDOR: Omnichron 1438 Oxford Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709 (415) 540-6455 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Flipper, a voice output screen access program, reads the IBM character set, works with mainframe access software, has intelligent cursor routing and searches the screen for underlines, unknown numbers and complex searches. Included are instructions in Braille, large print and on tape and disk. Flipper works with Accent, Artic, DECTalk, Votrax, Echo GP, and Sounding Board speech synthesizers. ________________________________________________________________________ 41 Screen Reading PRODUCT: FREEDOM 1 VENDOR: Interface Systems International P.O. Box 20415 Portland, OR 97220 (503) 256-3214 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Interface is a transparent talking screen review program for the IBM PC and PS/2, Model 30. The tilde key is used to switch from the applications (actual program) mode to the review (screen reading) mode. In review mode single keys execute commands, including character, word, line and whole screen reading; silent cursor movement; reverse reading; and placement and seeking of text markers. Escape brings the user back to the applications mode. The user can turn on a cursor-joining function to move the cursor to the point where reading stopped. Freedom 1 allows automatic joining of applications and review cursors and has an option to allow users to create interactive commands with single or limited keys. Speech output is produced with speech synthesizers. Contact the manufacturer about compatibility of synthesizers. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: IBM SCREEN READER VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Operations 3035 Center Green - Plaza 2 Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 426-3388 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The IBM Screen Reader provides access for people who are blind or visually impaired to IBM's PS/2 family and selected members of the PC family. By using the Screen Reader's 18-key keypad, the user selects areas of the display to be spoken. In addition, the user can identify display areas to be monitored and spoken automatically when changes occur. Screen Reader supports several commercially available text-to-speech synthesizers and is compatible with many popular PC and PS/2 applications including IBM's DisplayWrite 4, Lotus 1-2-3 and dBase III Plus. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: JAWS (JOB ACCESS WITH SPEECH) VENDOR: Henter-Joyce Inc. 7901 4th St. N. - Suite 211 St. Petersburg, FL 33702 (813) 576-5658 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a screen reading program that includes features such as dual cursors, built-in macros, windows and Lotus-style pop-up menus. It works with all speech synthesizers and software. ________________________________________________________________________ 42 Screen Reading PRODUCT: KEYNOTE PC+ VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keynote PC+ is a laptop portable computer with quality synthetic speech output. It comes with a word processing program and scientific calculator. With the KeyScreen screen review program, all DOS and IBM compatible text software is accessible. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYSPELL VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A spelling checker for use with the Keynote PC, it comes with a 50,000-word dictionary and allows user additions. This program will automatically offer alternative spellings and make editing changes associated with spelling corrections. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC VOICE VENDOR: ARTS Computer Products Inc. 121 Beach St. - Suite 400 Boston, MA 02111-2501 (800) 343-0095 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC Voice allows the user to hear what is written on the screen. Characters, words or lines are spoken at will and displayed in reverse video. PC Voice follows the system cursor and allows easy reading of columns and tables. It transforms the computer into a multiple sensory display. This program makes previously unusable software accessible to those with visual impairments. Function keys issue PC VOICE commands; the cursor keys move PC VOICE about the screen. Even though PC VOICE is installed as a permanently resident program, function and cursor keys are still free for other software programs. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PERSONAL VERT VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Personal Vert provides quick output to information on a computer screen. Its speech synthesizer is a half card of proprietary design which includes synchronized voice with the applications cursor on the screen and Turbo Keys for fast forward and reverse functions. Editing is fast because the speech and cursor are together. The monitoring system alerts the user to warning messages on the screen and automatically speaks changes anywhere on the screen. ________________________________________________________________________ 43 Screen Reading PRODUCT: PORTTALK VENDOR: Artic Technologies 55 Park St. - Suite 2 Troy, MI 48083-2753 (313) 588-7370 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PortTalk provides a universal speech interface to programming languages that output to LPT or COM ports and redirects it to the Text-to-Speech: 88 module. PortTalk echoes screen output generated by certain existing software or spreadsheets. PortTalk's online Speech Control Menu is a window overlay that presents enable/disable controls for the volume, rate, pitch, filter, active ports, etc. Application software need not provide those control functions. PortTalk requires a SynPhonix 200 Speech Synthesizer (or other 8088 based SSi263 speech card). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PROMPT-WRITER VENDOR: Syn-Talk Systems and Services 70 Estero Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 (415) 334-0586 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Prompt-Writer, a word processing package with voice output, consists of a KeyTronics 5151 keyboard and a Votrax speech synthesizer. Options are given in the menus, and actions such as cursor movement are executed with function keys (the KeyTronic board has 40) rather than control-key combinations. The cursor is moved around the text by paragraph, word or punctuation mark. The program has only one read-back key, and there are options as to what is read back when the key is pressed. Text may be read with or without punctuation. Pressing an "identify" key causes function keys to speak their function rather than execute it. "Audible windowing" allows the user to move back and forth between as many as four files at once. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PROVOX VENDOR: Kansys Inc. 1016 Ohio St. Lawrence, KS 66044 (913) 843-0351 ˙ (913) 842-4016 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PROVOX provides user control of voice output in both direct and review modes. The user may interrupt speech output to skip over portions of screen display, cause the repetition of previously spoken output, locate the cursor or read only highlighted areas. Other options include moving up or down the screen one line at a time and restricting voice output to a specified window. The user may specify whether silent characters such as return or space are spoken. PROVOX supports twelve voice synthesizers. A 30-minute demo package is available. Latest version (3.06) includes a disk-based tutorial feature for keyboard training and training on PROVOX commands. ________________________________________________________________________ 44 Screen Reading PRODUCT: SCREEN TALKER VENDOR: Andromida Inc. 326 E. Mason Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 549-3214 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Screen Talker, which requires Desqview from Quarterdeck Office Systems of Santa Monica, California, loads the special drivers developed by Rahman and then loads any of 27 popular programs that special drivers have been written for. The basic driver package supports MS-DOS, with 27 other application modules available. Among those included are Lotus Development's 1-2-3, Manuscript and Freelance Plus; Ashton Tate's Dbase III PLUS, Sign Master, Chart Master and Diagram Master; as well as Pagemaker, Supercalc Plus, MS-Word, Wordstar 3.3, 4.0, and 2000, Word Perfect and Cadkey 2.0 and 3.0. The reader indicates empty areas and tells the user when a line or graphic element is encountered, giving its coordinates and attributes. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SKERF-PAD VENDOR: Love Electronics 400 North Columbus - #42 Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-5958 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Where you touch is what you hear: the SKERF Pad is a screen reading device for blind persons. It uses a touch pad to represent the computer screen - allowing the user to point to any area of the touch pad for corresponding synthetic speech reading of the screen. Variations in loudness, pitch and other qualities of the synthesizer provide for enunciation of bold print, underlining and other features of the text displayed on the screen. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SLIM VENDOR: Syntha-Voice Computers Inc. 125 Gailmont Dr. Hamilton, ON L8K 4B8 Canada (800) 263-4540 ˙ (416) 578-0565 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SLIM (Synthetic Language Interface Module) is a fully-integrated speech output system for the IBM PC/XT. The user reads and edits text using standard application programs and does not have to switch between editing mode and review mode. SLIM does not use keystroke commands that could be used by the application program. Compatible with Lotus 1-2-3, dBase, WordPerfect and other programs, SLIM allows reading by line, word or character in a single keystroke without changing modes. The READ ALL feature permits reading an entire document. Pitch, rate and volume are controlled from the keyboard during speech output. ________________________________________________________________________ 45 Screen Reading PRODUCT: SMALL TALK VENDOR: TARMAC Inc. 71 North Market St. Asheville, NC 28801 (800) 222-8270 ˙ (704) 254-6361 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: As portable as a calculator, Small Talk uses batteries or power to output data via voice, print or screen. Features include: Word-Talk, a talking word processing program; Calc-Talk, a scientific calculator program; alphanumeric keyboard; a 24-column-width printer; a microcassette drive for additional storage; an RS-232C interface connection; and a serial port. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SOFT VERT VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Soft Vert program works with any of 20 speech synthesizers to provide spoken output of the material on the screen. In edit mode, each letter can be spoken by a voice synthesizer as it is typed. In review mode, any size segment of text (character, word or line) may be read back by the synthesizer. The route command automatically brings the edit cursor to the location of the review cursor for making corrections. The stop command stops the review process within a few words. A speech rate up to 600 words per minute is possible. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPEAKEASY VENDOR: Chip Orange 3227 Rain Valley Ct. Tallahassee, FL 32308 (904) 487-2680 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SpeakEasy is a general purpose 32-bit computer (Amiga 500) running a software package that turns it into a speech synthesizer. It provides speech output for PCs or ASCII terminals. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPEAKSYS VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SpeakSys is a program for the IBM PC which allows Braille 'n Speak by Blazie to be the keyboard and the voice for the personal computer. The product connects to the serial port and allows the user to enter text into the computer using grade two Braille or computer Braille. ________________________________________________________________________ 46 Screen Reading PRODUCT: SPEAKWRITER 2000 VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Speakwriter 2000 pairs an electronic typewriter with a basic speech synthesizer to provide an electronic typing system that talks. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPEAQUALIZER VENDOR: American Printing House for the Blind P.O. Box 6085 Louisville, KY 40206-0085 (502) 895-2405 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Speaqualizer, a completely hardware-controlled speech access system for the IBM PCs, enables the user to hear data being displayed. The Speaqualizer consists of three components. The first is a full-sized card which is designed to fit in one of the computer's expansion slots. The second component is a control box which houses the speaker, an earphone jack, and a 19-key keypad used to control the Speaqualizer. The third is an RS-232 cable which connects the card to the control box. Operating instructions are provided in Braille and regular print. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPEECH OUTPUT FOR SCREEN READING VENDOR: Nat. Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering P. O. Drawer T Hewitt, NJ 07421 (800) 736-2216 ˙ (201) 853-6585 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These systems consist of hardware and software for speech output. Some versions plug into an internal slot - other versions are external, using a serial or parallel port. These systems may be used on a networked PC terminal and may be useful to persons with disabilities. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TALKING TEXT WRITER VENDOR: Scholastic Inc. P.O. Box 7502 Jefferson City, MO 65102 (800) 325-6149 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: As users type words or phrases, the computer reads back aloud what is on the screen. Users select whether they want the program to speak each letter after it is typed, each word or the whole screen. Both volume and rate are adjustable. A Comment Box feature allows for comments or instructions to be read and reread. A Dictionary Box pronounces words aloud and reads definitions with a single key stroke. ________________________________________________________________________ 47 Screen Reading PRODUCT: VERBAL OPERATING SYSTEM (AND VOS BASIC) VENDOR: Computer Conversations Inc. 6297 Worthington Rd. SW Alexandria, OH 43001 (614) 924-2885 ˙ (614) 263-7574 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This product (formerly called the Enhanced PC Talking Program) is a screen display and keyboard-to-voice output program. The Verbal Operating System may be used to speak entire words or to speak letter by letter. Letters may be identified as upper or lower case if the user desires. It can speak or ignore punctuation and inform the user of row and column position of the cursor, as well as alert the user to colors and highlighting on the screen. All functions and commands can be user configured by programming unique sequences of keys to control functions. The voice function may be turned off, but control and escape keystrokes are still spoken as an aid. The voice synthesizer is Verbette Mark II. A speech synthesizer is required. VOS Basic is an inexpensive alternative for visually impaired users not needing all the features of VOS. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VERBAL STAR VENDOR: Computer Conversations Inc. 6297 Worthington Rd. SW Alexandria, OH 43001 (614) 924-2885 ˙ (614) 263-7574 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Verbal Star is an easy-to-use, full-featured word processing program with synthesized speech output of screen information. Text can be spoken by letter as it is entered. Entered text can be read back by line or by section, for content or for detailed proofreading with spelling, punctuation and capitalization turned on. When a command key is pressed, the program tells what is happening. Verbal Star can be used with most voice synthesizers. It includes text formatting options such as automatic indenting, margin and tab sets and line centering. 64k memory is required. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VERT PLUS VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Vert Plus package includes a high quality human sounding internal speech synthesizer, software, instruction materials, audio cassette, diskette and Braille. Vert Plus voice automatically tracks the computer cursor; this syncronization makes editing documents fast and easy. Vert Plus can automatically speak error messages or advise the user when changes occur; online help ansers many questions, and there is a built-in personal dictionary. ________________________________________________________________________ 48 Screen Reading PRODUCT: VOCAL-EYES VENDOR: GW Micro 310 Racquet Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (219) 483-3625 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Vocal-Eyes provides access to available software - automatically reading information important to the user while ignoring the rest. Hotkeys are definable to user keystrokes; no macros are required. Sighted users may work along with Vocal-Eyes' visual representation. It requires 52K of RAM, but if loaded in expanded or extended memory, only 2K of RAM is used. Vocal-Eyes works with all major voice synthesizers. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICE-IT VENDOR: Voice-It Inc. 1001 Snowden Farm Rd. Collierville, TN 38017 (901) 853-4456 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice-It adds voice to popular spreadsheet and word processing applications on IBM PCs and compatibles, turning spreadsheets and word processing documents into talking documents (Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect, e.g.). Audio messages may be recorded at any point of interest in a document - thus allowing talking presentations. In addition, Voice-It allows the user to dictate letters as audio messages to be keyed later and provides audio help messages. Voice adapter hardware and optional speaker are available from Voice-It. ________________________________________________________________________ 49 Screen Reading Speech Synthesizer This category provides information about various speech synthesizers. These products provide a way of synthesizing voice messages. Using sophisticated text-to-speech conversion rules, they process incoming text to produce intelligible speech output with human-like intonation. PRODUCT: ACCENT VENDOR: AICOM Corp. 1590 Oakland Rd. - Suite B112 San Jose, CA 95131 (408) 453-8251 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Accent is a text-to-speech synthesizer with unlimited vocabulary capability and many features in five models. All models employ the standard Accent text-processor which speaks in two modes: text and spell. Speech rate is from 60 to 850 words per minute. The IBM Screen Reader supports Accent-SA, ST, MC, PC and Mini; check with the vendor for installation and technical support. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: APOLLO SPEECH SYNTHESIZER VENDOR: EVAS P. O. Box 371 Westerly, RI 02891 (800) 872-3827 ˙ (401) 596-3155 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Apollo Speech Synthesizer offers clear speech with pleasant inflection and tonal quality as well as variable pitch, intonation and voices. Its features include a quick response to speak and mute, sixteen speeds from slow to very fast, a rechargeable battery, connections to serial and parallel ports of a PC and connections to any laptop. The Apollo is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AUDAPTER SPEECH SYSTEM VENDOR: Personal Data Systems 100 W. Rincon Ave.- Suite 103 Campbell, CA 95003 (408) 866-1126 ˙ FAX408 866-1178 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Audapter Speech System is a speech synthesizer. Its features include: intelligibility over 93 percent on the industry standard MRT test, fast response, 700-word-per-minute speech rate, speech halt control, compact unit with built-in speaker, personalized pronouncing dictionary; price includes AC adapter, cable and serial interface. The user's manual is available on disk. The IBM Screen Reader supports this product. Contact the vendor for installation and technical support. ________________________________________________________________________ 50 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: BESTSPEECH VENDOR: Berkeley Speech Technologies Inc. 2409 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704 (415) 841-5083 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This text to speech conversion facility is useful to persons who are blind and vision impaired and may be used by those with speech, hearing and learning difficulties. BeSTspeech products are compatible with VBX architecture; computer-created synthetic speech can be delivered over many phone lines simultaneously by a single AT-PC platform running under OS/2. A one-line DOS version is available. All packages offer digital voice recording and phone management capabilities. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE 'N SPEAK VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille 'n Speak, a compact, portable talking device with a seven-key Braille keyboard, may be used as a talking computer terminal, a Braille to print transcriber and a word processor. It is supported by the IBM Screen Reader; other features include a talking clock, calendar, calculator, stopwatch and a note organizer. It stores 20 file folders of information and has a 200,000 character memory. This battery-operated device also has a communication port for computer or printer connections. It allows information that is entered to print on a printer and will convert Grade 2 Braille entered into printable text. Braille 'n Speak has a built-in speech synthesizer; a battery charger and headset are included. Also available is a disk drive accessory, a small disk storage device that lets the user save files from Braille 'n Speak to standard 3.5 disks. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE BLAZER PRINTER VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille Blazer is a small, light, quiet personal Braille printer with speech output for configuring the printer and as voice to any computer; it is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ 51 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: CALLTEXT 5000 VENDOR: Centigram Communications Corp. 4415 Fortran Court San Jose, CA 95134 (408) 944-0250 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CallText 5000 is an internal circuit card that provides intelligible synthesized speech output for the IBM PC. It converts any sequence of ASCII characters routed to it into English speech. A speaker may connect directly to the board. CallText 5000 answers incoming phone calls, sends a synthesized speech message and dials outgoing calls. Three different male voices are provided. For information about programs compatible with CallText 5000 (such as screen display to voice output programs), contact the manufacturer. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CALLTEXT 5050 VENDOR: Centigram Communications Corp. 4415 Fortran Court San Jose, CA 95134 (408) 944-0250 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CallText 5050 is an external module that converts computer output into intelligible synthesized English speech. CallText 5050 connects to a computer's RS-232 port and converts the outgoing ASCII characters into speech according to its rules of pronunciation. A number of special pronunciation modes, such as letter by letter or abbreviation expanding, are possible. An external speaker may be connected to the unit. CallText 5050 answers incoming phone calls, sends a synthesized speech message and dials outgoing calls. Three male voices are provided. The system may be adapted to handle up to five channels of data input/output (eg., five different phone calls). This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DECTALK VENDOR: Digital Equipment Corporation Terminals Business Unit 146 Main Street Maynard, MA 01754-2571 (800) 832-6277 ˙ (617) 493-3587 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DECtalk, a full-featured voice synthesizer compatible with many systems, offers nine voices (male and female, child and adult) plus natural sentence rhythm and intonation. It converts text to a pronunciation code using dictionaries and letter-to-sound rules, taking into consideration surrounding words and their effects on pronunciations. Speech rate adjusts from 120 to 350 words per minute. DECtalk provides a user-specified dictionary for common acronyms, trade terms and special words. It speaks through its internal speaker, headphones, an external speaker or over the telephone and accepts input from the computer through a standard RS-232C communications port. A portable version is available (see separate listing). For a telephone demonstration of DECtalk, call (617) 493-TALK. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ 52 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: DOUBLETALK PC VENDOR: RC Systems Inc. 121 West Winesap Road Bothell, WA 98012 (206) 672-6909 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DoubleTalk PC has a dual-synthesizer design allowing it to talk for blind, learning disabled and visually impaired users. DoubleTalk allows the user to read and spell individual words or listen to paragraphs and sentences. An unlimited text-to-speech synthesizer translates text output from any program capable of printing to a printer into high-quality male voice. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ECHO PC VENDOR: Street Electronics Corporation 6420 Via Real Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-4593 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Echo PC is an external text-to-speech synthesizer connecting to the computer's serial port. The Echo PC is no longer available, but those currently in use are supported by the IBM Screen Reader. The Echo PC plus synthesizer is an internally connected synthesizer card. The IBM Screen Reader supports the Echo PC synthesizer and not the Echo PC plus. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EUREKA A4 VENDOR: Enabling Technologies Co. 3102 S.E. Jay St. Stuart, FL 34997 (407) 283-4817 ˙ FAX407 220-2920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Eureka is a 3-pound Braille input stand-alone computer with 64K of RAM; it uses a 3.5" disk drive, runs on rechargeable batteries and features a word processor, database, notepad and scientific calculator. This unit has VT-100 terminal emulation capabilities and acts as a talking thermometer and volt meter. The Eureka A4 can be interfaced with an IBM PC such that it can take the place of a traditional speech synthesizer. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INTEX-TALKER VENDOR: Intex Micro Systems Corporation P.O. Box 12310 Birmingham, MI 48012 (313) 540-7601 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Intex-Talker is a text-to-speech synthesizer that pronounces phonemes, letters, words or lines of text. It has variable pitch and intonation, can produce musical tones, recognizes all ASCII characters and and speak punctuation. Intex-Talker works with any computer having serial or parallel ASCII as output. Options include a 2.7K buffer, an 8K user-programmable memory, a 16K vocabulary module and a built-in speaker. ________________________________________________________________________ 53 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: KEYNOTE GOLD VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keynote GOLD is a high quality synthetic speech synthesizer for blind and visually impaired users - either laptop or desktop computers. Call HumanWare at (800) 722-2822 to listen to a sample of the speech. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MICRO INTROVOICE VENDOR: Voice Connexion 17835 Skypark Circle - Suite C Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 261-2366 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Micro IntroVoice is a voice input/output system which provides voice recognition of 1,000 words with a 98% accuracy and unlimited text-to-speech synthesis. It listens to command or data input, then responds by sending keystrokes via the serial port and text to the on-board synthesizer for audio prompting and verification. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NOVATRANS VENDOR: Compute Able Network P.O. Box 1706 Portland, OR 97207 (503) 645-0009 ˙ FAX503 645-2049 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: NovaTrans enhances the IBM PC or compatible through screen magnification (up to 12X), speech synthesis and camera enlargement. NovaTrans also allows for one-finger use of the keyboard. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC-VOICE VENDOR: Compeer Inc. 1409 Graywood Dr. San Jose, CA 95129 (408) 255-3950 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC-Voice is an add-on hardware and software package that transforms an IBM PC into an augmentative communication system. Speech may be generated in five ways: by accessing user modifiable phrase lists, word lists, scratch pads, text files, and/or direct typing. The system may be controlled by mouse, trackball, keyboard, or other pointing device. The system includes a speech synthesizer, software, speaker/amplifier, and a user's guide. ________________________________________________________________________ 54 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: PERSONAL SPEECH SYSTEM (PSS) VENDOR: Vysion Inc. 30777 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 (800) 521-1350 ˙ (313) 522-3300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Personal Speech System (PSS) is a self-contained external speech synthesizer that connects to the serial or parallel port. Transmitted data is sent to the PSS and becomes synthesized speech through a speaker. Pronunciation is determined by phonetic rules programmed into the PSS. Optional phonetic rules may be programmed by the user, and text may be sent in standard orthographic or special phonetic spellings. The PSS has music capabilities. A 3,500 character buffer is provided so no delay in speech transmission occurs. Inflection, rate and amplitude of speech are adjustable. The PSS has its own auxiliary serial and parallel ports, so a printer can remain connected while the PSS is hooked up. Contact the manufacturer about voice-output software written for the PSS. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PORTA-VOICE SPEECH SYSTEM VENDOR: Compeer Inc. 1409 Graywood Dr. San Jose, CA 95129 (408) 255-3950 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Porta-Voice is an augmentative communication speech system that includes a battery operated computer, speech synthesizer and software. Porta-Voice is used by locating words or phrases within lists, making vocabulary lists and typing words the user wishes to speak. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PORTABLE DECTALK VENDOR: Institute on Applied Technology Boston Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA 02115 (617) 735-8391 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Portable DECtalk Speech Synthesizer is a battery-operated version of DECtalk. It is a full-featured voice synthesizer, supported by the IBM Screen Reader, offering high quality voices and sentence rhythm and intonation. Eight voices (male, female, child, adult) are available. This model weighs 9 pounds and attaches through a standard RS-232 port. Rate of speech is adjustable from 120 to 550 words/minute. ________________________________________________________________________ 55 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: PROSE 2020 VENDOR: Centigram Communications Corp. 4415 Fortran Court San Jose, CA 95134 (408) 944-0250 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Prose 2020 is a text-to-speech conversion program for easy, flexible voice synthesis. The user sends English words or whole sentences; the 2020 does the rest. Using sophisticated text-to-speech conversion rules, it processes the incoming text to produce immediately intelligible speech output with human-like intonation. Its vocabulary capability is unlimited. Anyone can create libraries of words, sentences or entire paragraphs using a terminal on any computer with an RS-232 port. Whenever spoken output is needed, the text is transmitted to the 2020. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PROSE 4000 VENDOR: Centigram Communications Corp. 4415 Fortran Court San Jose, CA 95134 (408) 944-0250 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Prose 4000 speech synthesizer uses the same digital signal processing technology as Dec-Talk. Very high quality speech is produced at 50-250 words per minute for those requiring the most human-like speech possible. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SCREEN SOUND VENDOR: Andromida Inc. 326 E. Mason Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 549-3214 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Screen Sound is a keystroke-for-keystroke interactive voice synthesizer driver that works with most popular synthesizers (Votrax, DECTalk, Vert, and others). It supports many off-the-shelf applications including graphics programs, spreadsheets, word processing, CAD, etc. It supports many Windows 3 applications. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SEEKLINE SCREEN READER PROGRAM VENDOR: Speech Systems for the Blind 76 Wheaton Dr. Attleboro, MA 02703 (508) 226-0447 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Seekline is a text-to-speech TSR program for IBM and conpatible personal computers that allows visually impaired and blind users to access most software programs. It uses the Covox Speech Thing speech synthesizer and its software and is a menu-driven system; a demo copy is available for $2.50. ________________________________________________________________________ 56 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: SOUNDING BOARD VENDOR: GW Micro 310 Racquet Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (219) 483-3625 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Sounding Board is an internal voice synthesizer with speaker for blind and visually-impaired users - in six models. Features include capitalization alert, format alert, fast forward/rewind, pause, hyperscan, and exception dictionary for mispronounced words. An extreanl speaker with volume control and phone jack is included. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPEAKEASY VENDOR: Chip Orange 3227 Rain Valley Ct. Tallahassee, FL 32308 (904) 487-2680 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SpeakEasy is a general purpose 32-bit computer (Amiga 500) running a software package that turns it into a speech synthesizer. It provides speech output for PCs or ASCII terminals. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SYNPHONIX 200 VENDOR: Artic Technologies 55 Park St. - Suite 2 Troy, MI 48083-2753 (313) 588-7370 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SynPhonix 200 is a speech synthesizer for the IBM PC. An internal circuit card with speaker offers an unlimited vocabulary of phonetic synthesized speech. The device also produces music and sound effects and simulates singing. Speech characteristics are adjustable, including rate, pitch and amplitude. Various software programs come with the SynPhonix, including programs for text to speech, programs for creating fixed vocabulary files and a demonstration program. Options include programs for creating and managing vocabularies and PortTalk, a program allowing output to be routed to the SynPhonix 200 as if it were a printer. Artic Vision, a screen reading and navigating program, is available. ________________________________________________________________________ 57 Speech Synthesizer PRODUCT: SYNTHA-VOICE SYNTHESIZER VENDOR: Syntha-Voice Computers Inc. 125 Gailmont Dr. Hamilton, ON L8K 4B8 Canada (800) 263-4540 ˙ (416) 578-0565 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Syntha-Voice is a serial synthesizer with speech rates up to 720 words per minute which supports IBM's Screen Reader. It is an external 25 ounce box with built-in speaker, a 1/8 inch external speaker jack, a 9 pin RS-232 female connector and a power adapter jack. There is no power switch or external volume control; the unit is powered through an adapter and an internal sealed lead-acid battery. The vocabulary is 70,000 English words. Pitch, speech rate, and volume are controlled through software. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TYPE 'N TALK VENDOR: Vysion Inc. 30777 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 (800) 521-1350 ˙ (313) 522-3300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This self-contained speech synthesizer connects to a PC's serial port. Output can be routed to Type 'N Talk just as it is to a printer or a monitor. Characters sent will be spoken in English, according to the synthesizer's rules of pronunciation; text may be sent in standard orthographic or phonetic spellings. A 750 character buffer is provided, allowing for no delay in voice transmission; volume and frequency of speech are adjustable. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOXBOX VENDOR: InfoBox Sweden ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The VoxBox is a text-to-speech synthesizer formerly represented by Adhoc Reading Systems; when an address for InfoBox in Sweden is available, we will publish it. This is an external unit, weighing 2-3 pounds. A high-quality (99% accuracy) synthesizer, VoxBox holds up to seven different languages and comes with the language of choice installed. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ 58 Speech Synthesizer Other Audio Output This section lists other audio products which may be helpful to the blind computer user. PRODUCT: ARTIC ENCORE VENDOR: Artic Technologies 55 Park St. - Suite 2 Troy, MI 48083-2753 (313) 588-7370 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Artic Encore is a speech-optimized personal data keeper that provides pop up menus for daily activities like date reminders, phonebook, banking, month display. It is designed for both sighted and non-sighted users; its features work effectively with speech output and may be used without speech so all family members or office groups can use the same program and data. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CALCWORTHY VENDOR: GW Micro 310 Racquet Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (219) 483-3625 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Calcworthy is pop-up calculator tha may be activated anytime; it includes support for ten memories and review of 50 entries. It may be used in tandem with a screen reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DUAL CHANNEL (RECEIVER) SUPRA HEADSET VENDOR: Ziehl Associates Inc. 306 Jericho Turnpike Floral Park, NY 11001 (800) 654-1066 ˙ (516) 437-1300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Dual Channel Supra Headset rests lightly on the outer ear and is attached to a headband to receive telephone and speech synthesizer communications; it features an adjustable voice tube and a three step receiver volume control. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LAPTALKER VENDOR: Automated Functions Inc. 6424 N. 28th St. Arlington, VA 22207 (703) 536-7741 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Laptalker is a portable talking computer that gives visually impaired people complete desk top PC compatibility. No extra components or cables are needed so the computer may be used anywhere. Features include: a 512K user memory, 60-400 words per minute speaking rate, a built-in MS-DOS and a 720K internal 3.5" disk drive. ________________________________________________________________________ 59 Other Audio Output PRODUCT: MOBILITY PRODUCTS CATALOG VENDOR: Mobility Products Inc. 761 Peachtree St. NE - Suite 3 Atlanta, GA 30308 (800) 876-2636 ˙ (404) 876-2636 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This company publishes a catalog of mobility-related items for instructor/specialists to use with the vision-impaired. All products in the catalog are offered or have been developed because of the expressed needs of mobility specialists and consumers. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NOTEWORTHY VENDOR: GW Micro 310 Racquet Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (219) 483-3625 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Noteworthy is a pop-up note taker that works with PC applications; it may be activated anytime and takes phone messages, composes memos or letters, and creates and edits batch files. It does not replicate the speech features of a system, but works with the speech features in a screen reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PREMIER 210 VENDOR: Premier Innovations 10310 Harwin Dr. Houston, TX 77036 (800) 347-1777 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Premier 210, for vision impaired persons, is a PC with built-in sppeech synthesizer that recites DOS error messages - without the aid of extra hardware. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: QUICKSPEAK VENDOR: Natural MicroSystems Corporation 8 Erie Drive Natick, MA 01760 (800) 533-6120 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: QuickSpeak is hardware and software that converts a Watson voice/data modem into a text-to-speech synthesizer. The product enables a computer to read a file over the phone. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TALKING CD ROM PACKAGE VENDOR: Talking Computer Systems 12 Riverside St. - Suite 1-3 Watertown, MA 02172 (617) 926-1919 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CD Rom based reference by Grolier which has been adapted for speech by Talking Computer Systems or BookShelf by MicroSoft or McGraw Hill Science. ________________________________________________________________________ 60 Other Audio Output PRODUCT: VERSE SEARCH VENDOR: Bible Research Systems 2013 Wells Branch Parkway - #304 Austin, TX 78728 (800) 423-1228 ˙ (512) 251-7541 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Verse Search contains the text of the Bible (NKJ, RSV, NIV, KJV) with a program to search, display and print any portion. Most speech synthesizers are supported. ________________________________________________________________________ 61 Other Audio Output IBM Screen Reader DESCRIPTION The IBM Screen Reader enables people who are blind or visually impaired to become computer users through voice communication from the computer. The blind user hears the words on a computer display, the same words that a sighted person sees. Applications of this technology have also been successful for persons with learning disabilities. Screen Reader provides access to IBM's Personal System/2 family of computers and selected members of the PC family (IBM PC/XT, IBM PC/XT-286, IBM PC/AT). Screen Reader can be used in stand-alone, network or host environments. By using Screen Reader's separate, 18-key keypad, the user selects those areas of the display to be spoken. In addition, the user may identify display areas to be monitored and spoken automatically when changes occur. Screen Reader supports a range of commercially available text-to-speech synthesizers. Screen Reader is effective with a wide range of applications, from simple word processing to complex spreadsheet activities. Screen Reader is compatible with many popular personal computer applications - including DisplayWrite 4, Lotus 1-2-3(R) and dBase III PLUS(TM) - which can help open new career opportunities for blind people with a variety of skills. Innovative features such as Autospeak and Windows reduce dependence on sighted individuals. Whether in business, education, government, social service, health care or personal use, a blind person can now employ the productivity gains offered through the use of the computer. Screen Reader has undergone several years of extensive development and testing; blind IBM employees have been using prototypes since 1984. The final design of Screen Reader incorporates their recommendations and insights to help people with vision disabilities benefit from its use. SCREEN READER FEATURES o AUTOSPEAK monitors the screen and alerts the user when changes occur, communicating status messages, error messages and other changes that might otherwise go unnoticed. o SEPARATE, DEDICATED 18-KEY KEYPAD controls Screen Reader functions. The separate keypad feature minimizes confusion and enhances productivity by reserving the keyboard for software application functions. 62 IBM Screen Reader o PREDEFINED APPLICATION PROFILES for many popular software applications allow faster start-up by eliminating the need for keypad customizing. o PROFILE ACCESS LANGUAGE customizes screen reading operations and keypad definitions for other software applications as well as predefined profiles, affording maximum flexibility. o POWERFUL READING FUNCTIONS include reading complete screens, paragraphs, sentences, words or letters, enabling the user to read only the information desired. o INSTALLATION is fast and requires minimal knowledge of personal computers. o 525X & 327X EMULATION, LAN SUPPORT offer network services and connections to larger systems (e.g., AS/400) via appropriate hardware and software. Screen reading capability in emulation mode increases work-group productivity and provides access to mainframe applications. o SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION is provided in three media formats: diskette for rapid online retrieval, print (Braille edition available as option) and audio cassette, affording maximum ease and convenience in installation, self-paced instruction and reference. o WINDOWING provides easy access to a variety of display formats-such as rows and columns, menu selections and HELP information included in many application programs. COMPONENTS AND REQUIREMENTS The IBM Screen Reader package contains the following items: o 18-key keypad (5.9 inches by 7.5 inches) and keypad connector cable o 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch program and documentation diskette (two copies) o Audio cassettes (Setup and Testing, Tutorial, Tools and Techniques) o Printed manual (Braille is optional) o An adapter board is available for the PC family to provide a receptacle for the Screen Reader plug 63 IBM Screen Reader THE SCREEN READER: o Operates on all IBM Personal System/2 models and selected models of the PC family (IBM PC/XT, IBM PC/XT-286, IBM PC/AT) o Runs on IBM DOS 3.3 or later versions o Requires minimum storage capacity of 128KB o Supports a wide range of synthesizers o Is backed by a one-year limited warranty ORDERING AND SUPPORT Orders may be placed by calling IBM at (800) 426-3388 (USA voice) or (800) 426-3383 (USA TDD) or by writing: IBM Special Needs Program, TMO, 3035 Center Green, Plaza 2, Boulder, CO 80301. IBM Part Numbers: Screen Reader for the PS/2 - 6450616; Screen Reader for the PC - 6450617; Braille documentation - 6024937 For additional product information and technical support, write or call the IBM Special Needs Information Referral Center. 64 IBM Screen Reader Synthesizers Supported by Screen Reader The following listing identifies text-to-speech synthesizers compatible with the IBM Screen Reader. This list of synthesizers does not include all synthesizers that may be compatible with the Screen Reader and is not intended as an endorsement or warranty by IBM of any synthesizer. PRODUCT: ACCENT VENDOR: AICOM Corp. 1590 Oakland Rd. - Suite B112 San Jose, CA 95131 (408) 453-8251 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Accent is a text-to-speech synthesizer with unlimited vocabulary capability and many features in five models. All models employ the standard Accent text-processor which speaks in two modes: text and spell. Speech rate is from 60 to 850 words per minute. The IBM Screen Reader supports Accent-SA, ST, MC, PC and Mini; check with the vendor for installation and technical support. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: APOLLO SPEECH SYNTHESIZER VENDOR: EVAS P. O. Box 371 Westerly, RI 02891 (800) 872-3827 ˙ (401) 596-3155 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Apollo Speech Synthesizer offers clear speech with pleasant inflection and tonal quality as well as variable pitch, intonation and voices. Its features include a quick response to speak and mute, sixteen speeds from slow to very fast, a rechargeable battery, connections to serial and parallel ports of a PC and connections to any laptop. The Apollo is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AUDAPTER SPEECH SYSTEM VENDOR: Personal Data Systems 100 W. Rincon Ave.- Suite 103 Campbell, CA 95003 (408) 866-1126 ˙ FAX408 866-1178 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Audapter Speech System is a speech synthesizer. Its features include: intelligibility over 93 percent on the industry standard MRT test, fast response, 700-word-per-minute speech rate, speech halt control, compact unit with built-in speaker, personalized pronouncing dictionary; price includes AC adapter, cable and serial interface. The user's manual is available on disk. The IBM Screen Reader supports this product. Contact the vendor for installation and technical support. ________________________________________________________________________ 65 Synthesizers Supported by Screen Reader PRODUCT: BRAILLE 'N SPEAK VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille 'n Speak, a compact, portable talking device with a seven-key Braille keyboard, may be used as a talking computer terminal, a Braille to print transcriber and a word processor. It is supported by the IBM Screen Reader; other features include a talking clock, calendar, calculator, stopwatch and a note organizer. It stores 20 file folders of information and has a 200,000 character memory. This battery-operated device also has a communication port for computer or printer connections. It allows information that is entered to print on a printer and will convert Grade 2 Braille entered into printable text. Braille 'n Speak has a built-in speech synthesizer; a battery charger and headset are included. Also available is a disk drive accessory, a small disk storage device that lets the user save files from Braille 'n Speak to standard 3.5 disks. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE BLAZER PRINTER VENDOR: Blazie Engineering 3660 Mill Green Rd. Street, MD 21154 (301) 879-4944 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille Blazer is a small, light, quiet personal Braille printer with speech output for configuring the printer and as voice to any computer; it is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CALLTEXT 5050 VENDOR: Centigram Communications Corp. 4415 Fortran Court San Jose, CA 95134 (408) 944-0250 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CallText 5050 is an external module that converts computer output into intelligible synthesized English speech. CallText 5050 connects to a computer's RS-232 port and converts the outgoing ASCII characters into speech according to its rules of pronunciation. A number of special pronunciation modes, such as letter by letter or abbreviation expanding, are possible. An external speaker may be connected to the unit. CallText 5050 answers incoming phone calls, sends a synthesized speech message and dials outgoing calls. Three male voices are provided. The system may be adapted to handle up to five channels of data input/output (eg., five different phone calls). This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ 66 Synthesizers Supported by Screen Reader PRODUCT: DECTALK VENDOR: Digital Equipment Corporation Terminals Business Unit 146 Main Street Maynard, MA 01754-2571 (800) 832-6277 ˙ (617) 493-3587 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DECtalk, a full-featured voice synthesizer compatible with many systems, offers nine voices (male and female, child and adult) plus natural sentence rhythm and intonation. It converts text to a pronunciation code using dictionaries and letter-to-sound rules, taking into consideration surrounding words and their effects on pronunciations. Speech rate adjusts from 120 to 350 words per minute. DECtalk provides a user-specified dictionary for common acronyms, trade terms and special words. It speaks through its internal speaker, headphones, an external speaker or over the telephone and accepts input from the computer through a standard RS-232C communications port. A portable version is available (see separate listing). For a telephone demonstration of DECtalk, call (617) 493-TALK. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ECHO PC VENDOR: Street Electronics Corporation 6420 Via Real Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-4593 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Echo PC is an external text-to-speech synthesizer connecting to the computer's serial port. The Echo PC is no longer available, but those currently in use are supported by the IBM Screen Reader. The Echo PC plus synthesizer is an internally connected synthesizer card. The IBM Screen Reader supports the Echo PC synthesizer and not the Echo PC plus. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PERSONAL SPEECH SYSTEM (PSS) VENDOR: Vysion Inc. 30777 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 (800) 521-1350 ˙ (313) 522-3300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Personal Speech System (PSS) is a self-contained external speech synthesizer that connects to the serial or parallel port. Transmitted data is sent to the PSS and becomes synthesized speech through a speaker. Pronunciation is determined by phonetic rules programmed into the PSS. Optional phonetic rules may be programmed by the user, and text may be sent in standard orthographic or special phonetic spellings. The PSS has music capabilities. A 3,500 character buffer is provided so no delay in speech transmission occurs. Inflection, rate and amplitude of speech are adjustable. The PSS has its own auxiliary serial and parallel ports, so a printer can remain connected while the PSS is hooked up. Contact the manufacturer about voice-output software written for the PSS. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ 67 Synthesizers Supported by Screen Reader PRODUCT: PORTABLE DECTALK VENDOR: Institute on Applied Technology Boston Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA 02115 (617) 735-8391 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Portable DECtalk Speech Synthesizer is a battery-operated version of DECtalk. It is a full-featured voice synthesizer, supported by the IBM Screen Reader, offering high quality voices and sentence rhythm and intonation. Eight voices (male, female, child, adult) are available. This model weighs 9 pounds and attaches through a standard RS-232 port. Rate of speech is adjustable from 120 to 550 words/minute. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PROSE 2020 VENDOR: Centigram Communications Corp. 4415 Fortran Court San Jose, CA 95134 (408) 944-0250 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Prose 2020 is a text-to-speech conversion program for easy, flexible voice synthesis. The user sends English words or whole sentences; the 2020 does the rest. Using sophisticated text-to-speech conversion rules, it processes the incoming text to produce immediately intelligible speech output with human-like intonation. Its vocabulary capability is unlimited. Anyone can create libraries of words, sentences or entire paragraphs using a terminal on any computer with an RS-232 port. Whenever spoken output is needed, the text is transmitted to the 2020. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SYNTHA-VOICE SYNTHESIZER VENDOR: Syntha-Voice Computers Inc. 125 Gailmont Dr. Hamilton, ON L8K 4B8 Canada (800) 263-4540 ˙ (416) 578-0565 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Syntha-Voice is a serial synthesizer with speech rates up to 720 words per minute which supports IBM's Screen Reader. It is an external 25 ounce box with built-in speaker, a 1/8 inch external speaker jack, a 9 pin RS-232 female connector and a power adapter jack. There is no power switch or external volume control; the unit is powered through an adapter and an internal sealed lead-acid battery. The vocabulary is 70,000 English words. Pitch, speech rate, and volume are controlled through software. ________________________________________________________________________ 68 Synthesizers Supported by Screen Reader PRODUCT: TYPE 'N TALK VENDOR: Vysion Inc. 30777 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 (800) 521-1350 ˙ (313) 522-3300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This self-contained speech synthesizer connects to a PC's serial port. Output can be routed to Type 'N Talk just as it is to a printer or a monitor. Characters sent will be spoken in English, according to the synthesizer's rules of pronunciation; text may be sent in standard orthographic or phonetic spellings. A 750 character buffer is provided, allowing for no delay in voice transmission; volume and frequency of speech are adjustable. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOXBOX VENDOR: InfoBox Sweden ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The VoxBox is a text-to-speech synthesizer formerly represented by Adhoc Reading Systems; when an address for InfoBox in Sweden is available, we will publish it. This is an external unit, weighing 2-3 pounds. A high-quality (99% accuracy) synthesizer, VoxBox holds up to seven different languages and comes with the language of choice installed. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. ________________________________________________________________________ 69 Synthesizers Supported by Screen Reader Optical Reader Products in this category provide for the transfer of printed material into computer recognizable data. Stand-alone products which include synthesized speech output capability are grouped here, along with the optical character recognition add-on products which allow for standard microcomputer systems to perform normal-use functions with the data. The components required to transfer this hard-copy data to machine-readable material are the optical scanner hardware that performs the scanning and encoding of the data and the software that interprets these bit-represented graphical images of the typed characters to their corresponding machine (ASCII code) representation. Examples of hardware scanner variations are: scanning time per page, size of pages supported and feeding mechanisms. Examples of software character recognition variations are: number of type fonts (styles) supported and reliability or accuracy of recognition/interpretation. The following products assist visually impaired individuals in accessing IBM PCs or the IBM PS/2 family of products. The information includes only a portion of the commercially available products. PRODUCT: ABLE-2 PRODUCT FAMILY VENDOR: Automated Business Systems & Services Inc. 6715 Kenilworth Ave. Riverdale, MD 20737-9960 (301) 454-8200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ABLE-2 Product Family supports computer users with special needs in a systematic program in four parts: needs assessment, workstation family, focused training, life cycle support. Needs assessment focuses on vision-impaired/blind, hearing-impaired/deaf and neuromuscular impairment or para/quadriplegic. Computer users with visual impairments are provided with optical character readers, voice synthesizers, screen readers, tactile output displays and Braille devices. The workstation family may be configured with voice input, mouse, foot pedal, joystick and headpointer. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ARKENSTONE HAND SCANNER VENDOR: Arkenstone Inc. 1185 Bordeaux Dr. - Suite D Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (800) 444-4443 ˙ (408) 752-2200 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Arkenstone Hand Scanner is an 8 1/2" wide unit for use with the Arkenstone Reader; it is portable and weighs 2 pounds. It eliminates the need for the user to check image quality visually, since it has audio feedback. It includes scanner interface card, software, cables and 400 dots-per-inch hand scanner. It reads English, French, and German. ________________________________________________________________________ 70 Optical Reader PRODUCT: ARKENSTONE READER VENDOR: Arkenstone Inc. 1185 Bordeaux Dr. - Suite D Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (800) 444-4443 ˙ (408) 752-2200 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Arkenstone Reader, an integrated system designed for and marketed to visually impaired computer users, provides the capability to print and create machine readable files so that various output (reading) technology can be used - e.g., speech synthesizers, braille displays and braille printers. The TrueScan scanner recognition card from Calera Recognition Systems (same address as Arkenstone) and the Hewlett Packard ScanJet Plus scanner are included. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BOXER-READER VENDOR: Adhoc Reading Systems 28 Brunswick Woods Dr. E. Brunswick, NJ 08816 (800) 783-3210 ˙ (201) 254-7300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Boxer-Reader is an OCR system allowing printed material to be scanned and reviewed with speech output. An intelligent reading system recognizes 30,000 type styles using TrueScan and DocuRead IDB. Artic Technologies Artic Vision is also included in this package. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DATASWEEP VENDOR: Soricon Corporation 4725 Walnut St. Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 541-7226 ˙ (303) 440-2800 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DataSweep allows users to enter data into an IBM PC XT or AT. As the user passes DataSweep across lines of text, previously typed or computer-printed information enters a program as if it had been keyed. DataSweep reads most common office fonts, OCRA, OCRB and bar codes. DataSweep PencilWand reads tight spots. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DOCUREAD EXPERT VENDOR: Adhoc Reading Systems 28 Brunswick Woods Dr. E. Brunswick, NJ 08816 (800) 783-3210 ˙ (201) 254-7300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DocuRead Expert is a computer-based OCR system that reads letters, reports, books and magazines between 6 and 28 point size. It includes Adhoc Reader Scanner, Truescan recognition board and DocuRead IDB controlling software. ________________________________________________________________________ 71 Optical Reader PRODUCT: DOCUREAD IDB AND EXPERT VENDOR: Adhoc Reading Systems 28 Brunswick Woods Dr. E. Brunswick, NJ 08816 (800) 783-3210 ˙ (201) 254-7300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DocuRead IDB is a software program for use with any Truescan-based OCR system. It is menu-driven and has automated features for scanning and reading print materials; it supports a full page hand scanner and most Truescan compatible scanners. The DocuRead EXPERT OCR system includes an Adhoc Reader Scanner (300 dpi), Truescan recognition board and software. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HANDY SCAN VENDOR: Adhoc Reading Systems 28 Brunswick Woods Dr. E. Brunswick, NJ 08816 (800) 783-3210 ˙ (201) 254-7300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Handy Scan is a full-page scanner for use with DocuRead IDB and the Truescan recognition board. Handy Scan is a 400 dpi scanner that scans a page in one pass. An optional single sheet paper feeder is available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: IBM 3119 PAGE SCANNER VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Operations 3035 Center Green - Plaza 2 Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 426-3388 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The IBM 3119 PageScanner is a desk-top, flat-bed page scanner for image input to the PS/2 Models 50, 60, 70 and 80. It scans various kinds and sizes of paper documents and is specially suitable for scanning images in bound documents, photographs or odd-sized documents. It scans with a resolution of 300 x 300 pels per inch. It attaches to an IBM 8550, 8560, 8570 and 8580 via an IBM 3119 Adapter/A (#5442) installed in the PS/2 system unit. The 3119 Page Scanner, when used with the IBM TextReader (optical character recognition software) offers an alternative to keyboard data entry. When used with a voice output product, such as the IBM Screen Reader, this product enables the blind user to read the printed page. ________________________________________________________________________ 72 Optical Reader PRODUCT: KURZWEIL PERSONAL READER VENDOR: Kurzweil Computer Products 185 Albany Street Cambridge, MA 02139 (800) 343-0311 ˙ (617) 864-4700 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Personal Reader is an optical scanner that reads typeset material and converts it into DECtalk synthetic speech. It interfaces with other computer devices and is compatible with most word processing, communcations and Braille conversion software. It may be used as a talking calculator and as a full-word, spoken output computer terminal. It consists of two units: 18 button keypad and electronics control unit. Model 7315-10 is the hand-held scanner ($7,950); model 7315-20 is the automatic desktop scanner ($9,950); model 7315-30 is the hand-held and automatic scanner ($11,950). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MASTERTOUCH VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MasterTouch is a way for visually impaired persons to use the computer - integrating an interactive screen access program and a touch tablet to allow immediate and intuitive interpretation of screen layouts. Touching the tablet causes the word displayed on the screen to be spoken. Other features include 30 windows, full review mode. user-controlled keyboard echo, and customized configurations. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MS-II IMAGE SCANNER VENDOR: Microtek Lab Inc. 680 Knox St. Torrance, CA 90502 (213) 321-2121 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This 300 DPI resolution scanner with a built-on 50 page automatic document feeder is for optical character recognition as well as scanning line-art or halftones using the included image processing software. The scanner is compatible with most popular OCR software. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NOVATRANS VENDOR: Compute Able Network P.O. Box 1706 Portland, OR 97207 (503) 645-0009 ˙ FAX503 645-2049 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: NovaTrans enhances the IBM PC or compatible through screen magnification (up to 12X), speech synthesis and camera enlargement. NovaTrans also allows for one-finger use of the keyboard. ________________________________________________________________________ 73 Optical Reader PRODUCT: OPTACON II VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Optacon II, a more compact version of TeleSensory's original product, is a small, portable reading device which converts printed information into a tactile image to be read by finger by a blind person. Optacon II may be connected to a PC, providing the reader access to vast amounts of electronic information. This feature also permits computer-assisted training using special software. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: OSCAR VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: OsCaR is a product that performs optical character recognition. For blind persons, OsCaR makes it easy to convert printed material to computer files for reading. It runs without assistance from a sighted person. Automatic features and quick feedback tell the user about the document and its formatting. OsCaR can tell if a document has been placed in the scanner upside down, can scan typewritten, typset material and dot matrix print and can scan 8 1/2 x 11 or 11 x 8 1/2. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PAGEMASTER II VENDOR: Advanced Vision Research Inc. 2201 Qume Dr. San Jose, CA 95131 (408) 434-1115 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Pagemaster II consists of a 300-dot-per-inch (dpi) resolution image scanner, image/text editing software, a 1.3 megabyte buffer/interface card and a 300-dpi, 8-page-per-minute laser printer. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC SCAN SERIES VENDOR: DEST Corporation 1015 E. Brokaw Rd. San Jose, CA 95131 (408) 436-2700 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC Scan is a multi-functional scanner that fits between the PC screen and processor - easily accessible while typing. PC Scan with TextPac works interactively with a word processing package providing an input solution 25 times faster than manual re-typing. All special formatting codes are communicated directly to the PC screen. The Workless Station provides the same input solution, but for larger volumes, inputting to various types of word processing systems, computers and typesetters. SolutionPacs are available. ________________________________________________________________________ 74 Optical Reader PRODUCT: PC/KPR VENDOR: Xerox Imaging Systems - Kurzweil Reading Machines 185 Albany St. Cambridge, MA 02139-4277 (800) 343-0311 ˙ (617) 864-4700 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC/KPR is a desktop scanner that runs on IBM XT, AT or compatibles and PS/2 Models 25 and 30 with 640K RAM, hard disk and DOS 3.0. The PC/KPR gives blind and reading disabled computer users access to advanced scanner and proprietary character recognition technology. Material is digitally scanned into a PC from any printed source and is spoken immediately. Two models are available: 7315-25 is a 300 DPI flatbed scanner; 7315-35 is a 400 DPI scanner with a bookedge. DECtalk is available for both. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: READPRO VENDOR: Ocron Inc. 3350 Scott Blvd. - Bldg. 36 Santa Clara, CA 95054 (800) 933-1399 ˙ ext. 527 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: READPRO is a trainable OCR software package that supports a variety of scanners. The scanner includes an Image Editing software package. With the OCR capability, the user can convert a wide variety of printed text to usable data that can be moved to the word processor or other application program. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: READSTAR VENDOR: Inovatic 1911 N. Fort Myer Dr. - Suite 708 Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 522-3053 ˙ FAX703 522-6724 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Readstar 6 is OCR software with Omnifont and Trainable capabilities. It allows 7 working modes and works with a variety of scanners, including the IBM 3119 scanner. Readstar Ex Press is an automatic omnifont OCR software product that recognizes typeset and typed documents without manual user intervention. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: READSTAR EX PRESS VENDOR: Inovatic 1911 N. Fort Myer Dr. - Suite 708 Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 522-3053 ˙ FAX703 522-6724 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ReadStar EX PRESS is an automatic omnifont OCR software product that recognizes typeset and typed documents automatically and separates text from graphics without manual user intervention. Optional learning mode allows the user to correct any mislabelled characters online. It works with a wide range of scanners and is also mouse driven for ease of use. ________________________________________________________________________ 75 Optical Reader PRODUCT: RECOGNIZE VENDOR: DEST Corporation 1015 E. Brokaw Rd. San Jose, CA 95131 (408) 436-2700 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Recognize is a low-end optical character recognition software program with text-formatting control across a broad range of type fonts. Its features include: multiple columns, variable width columns, tables, centered text, text attributes and mixed text and graphics. The program works with Dest PC Scan and compatible scanners and requires the Text Pac 3.0. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SCAN 300/S VENDOR: Abaton Technology Inc. 48431 Milmont Dr. Fremont, CA 94533 (415) 683-2226 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Scan 300/S is an optical reader product which includes an image scanner device and OCR software which creates the computer ASCII file from printed text. The resolution is 300 x 300 dots/inch. A conversion kit is required for IBM and IBM compatible PCs. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPOT OCR SOFTWARE VENDOR: Flagstaff Engineering 1120 Kaibab Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (602) 779-3341 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SPOT Optical Character Recognition software converts printed or typed pages into a text file. SPOT works with IBM and compatible PCs and most image scanners. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TEXT SCANNING VENDOR: 1st Run Computer Services 1261 Broadway - Suite 508 New York, NY 10001 (212) 779-0800 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Text scanning provided by user sending a document to this company. OCR text scanning to disk in Wordstar, Multimate, DisplayWrite, Word Perfect, ASCII and others. Scanning of typeset books, manuals, publications, 6-24 point including roman and italic. Disk/tape conversions (bi-directional from PC, WP, 9-track tape and CP/M-DOS). ________________________________________________________________________ 76 Optical Reader PRODUCT: TEXT SCANNING, DISK & TAPE CONVERSION VENDOR: Media Conversion Corporation 800 Roosevelt Rd. D-106 Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (708) 858-4566 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Text scanning to disk or tape. Typed or typeset documents converted to any disk or tape format. Books, directories, catalogs, photocopy printouts, etc. Also disk and tape conversion to most computer systems. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TEXTREADER VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Operations 3035 Center Green - Plaza 2 Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 426-3388 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: TextReader is an optical character recognition (OCR) program designed to operate on the IBM PS/2 Models 50, 60, 70 and 80 or the IBM PC AT (except AT/370), the IBM PC XT Model 286 and in the IBM DOS Version 3.3 and Microsoft Windows Version 2.03 environments. TextReader converts typewritten or printed pages into Revisable Form Text Document Content Architecture (RFTDCA) or American National Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) files for use with the IBM publishing system and word processing software. TextReader supports the IBM 3119 PageScanner, as well as the IBM 3117 and 3118 Scanners. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TRUESCAN VENDOR: Calera Recognition Systems Inc. 2500 Augustine Dr. Santa Clara, CA 96054 (408) 986-8006 ˙ FAX408 986-1440 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: TrueScan is a scanner recognition card that works with many desktop scanners or fax cards to provide a simple, effective way of getting typical business documents into word processing, desktop publishing, graphics, spreadsheet and database programs in a format immediately usable. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TRUSCAN SCANNERS VENDOR: Truvel Corporation 8943 Fullbright Ave. Chatsworth, CA 91311 (818) 407-1031 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This optical scanner family features the capability to read a full 256 levels of gray per pixel - needed to produce high-quality photographs. There are three models that can be used with the IBM PC. Scanning speed varies with the capabilities of the computer. Using an IBM XT, 8-1/2x11" pages may be scanned in under 10 seconds. Scanning speed can be controlled, allowing for vertical expansion or compression of images. All of these devices scan documents up to 12"x17" in size. ________________________________________________________________________ 77 Optical Reader PRODUCT: WORDSCAN VENDOR: Calera Recognition Systems Inc. 2500 Augustine Dr. Santa Clara, CA 96054 (408) 986-8006 ˙ FAX408 986-1440 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: WordScan is an OCR whose features include a Preview Window to display an image of a scanned page and Scan Now; Recognize Later which lets the user scan a page and then do recognition later; User-Defined dictionaries; Built-in FAX support. ________________________________________________________________________ 78 Optical Reader Alternatives to Printed Documentation This category provides the names of vendors or organizations who have documentation related to computer software and hardware in other than printed form. Examples of these alternatives include braille and audio output. PRODUCT: 1-2-3 LEARNING DISK VENDOR: Hands-On Learning Corporation 27 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 272-0088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This training product for Lotus 1-2-3 provides instruction and is an alternative to the application's documentation and tutorial material. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AUDIO CASSETTE TAPES VENDOR: Massachusetts Association for the Blind 200 Ivy Street Brookline, MA 02146 (800) 682-9200 ˙ (617) 738-5110 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This audio cassette studio records documentation (hardware and software) by request; IBM Filing Assistant is available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AUDIO CASSETTE TAPES VENDOR: Recording for the Blind 20 Roszel Rd. Princeton, NJ 08540 (800) 221-4792 ˙ (609) 452-0609 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Audio cassette library of technical documentation (hardware and software). Many IBM technical publications have been recorded including the "User's Guide to Disk Operating System Version 3.30" and the "Guide to Operations for the IBM PS/2 Model 30." Their 77,000 volume master tape library is the largest collection of computer books and manuals in the world. More than half of their 24,000 clients have specific learning disabilities. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AUDIO CASSETTES VENDOR: Talking Computers Inc. 140 Little Falls St. - Suite 205 Falls Church, VA 22046 (703) 241-8224 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Audio cassette training products developed specifically for the visually-impaired computer user. Several different products are available, including sets of cassettes for both DOS and WordPerfect. ________________________________________________________________________ 79 Alternatives to Printed Documentation PRODUCT: AUDIO CASSETTES VENDOR: FlipTrack Learning Systems 999 Main St. - Suite 200B Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (800) 222-FLIP ˙ (708) 790-1117 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These tone-indexed audio cassette training materials for software and hardware products, including WordPerfect, dBase III, Lotus 1-2-3, RBase, Paradox. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BOOKMANAGER VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Operations 3035 Center Green - Plaza 2 Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 426-3388 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IBM BookManager is an online book product consisting of two programs, READ and BUILD. READ (5684-062) helps users view online information, track topics take electronic notes and mark a place to return to later. BUILD (5684-026) converts source files for printed books into online books. Used with screen reading products, this program makes more information available to blind users. Users with mobility problems can also use BookManager to increase efficiency in accessing more sources of information. Callers should tell the IBM branch that online books are available via PROFS: LEXVMK(BRAILLE). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN VENDOR: Seedlings Braille Books for Children P. O. Box 2395 Livonia, MI 48151-0395 (313) 427-8552 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Braille Books for Children is a collection of 95 titles averaging $8/book; a catalog is available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BRAILLE TRANSCRIPTION AND DUPLICATION VENDOR: National Braille Association Inc. 1290 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 (716) 473-0090 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Customized printed information in Braille format, including hardware and software technical manuals. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CASSETTES VENDOR: Bible Alliance Inc. P.O. Box 621 Bradenton, FL 34206 (813) 748-3031 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This group provides The Bible on cassette free for the blind and vision-impaired. 30 languages are available. ________________________________________________________________________ 80 Alternatives to Printed Documentation PRODUCT: CASSETTES VENDOR: Recording for the Blind 20 Roszel Rd. Princeton, NJ 08540 (800) 221-4792 ˙ (609) 452-0609 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Expertly-taped materials provided free of charge to registered members. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CUSTOMIZED BRAILLE VENDOR: Associated Services for the Blind 919 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 627-0600 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Direct braille services, including text and technical material transcriptions. A depository of texts, music scores and general-interest materials are available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CUSTOMIZED BRAILLE VENDOR: Braille Inc. 205 Worcester Court - C3 Falmouth, MA 02540 (617) 540-0800 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Customized printed information in Braille format, including hardware and software technical manuals. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DOS HELP! VENDOR: Flambeaux Software 1147 E. Broadway - #56 Glendale, CA 91205 (818) 500-0044 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This online DOS help software covers standard DOS manual explanations and examples. Additional information may be obtained by selecting highlighted key phrases on each help screen. It can be run from the command line or made resident. Package includes a tutorial. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DOS-HELPER VENDOR: Aristo Computers Inc. 6700 SW 105th Ave. - Suite 307 Portland, OR 97005 (800) 3ARISTO ˙ (503) 626-6333 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This online help system for DOS covers DOS and debug commands and most DOS manual topics. Standard and RAM-resident versions are included. Users may add their own help files. ________________________________________________________________________ 81 Alternatives to Printed Documentation PRODUCT: DS TUTOR VENDOR: Design Software 19808 Nordhoff Pl. Chatsworth, CA 91311 (818) 885-9000 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DS Tutor is a DOS tutorial which opens with a brief overview of the computer's hardware, such as the keyboard, disk drives and video monitor. It continues with "DOS Overview," "DOS Command Line" and "DOS Transient Commands." ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EASY DOS 3.2 VENDOR: Easyware Software Development Corporation 940 East 7th Place Mesa, AZ 85203 (602) 969-7957 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This software provides online help with any PC-DOS command as well as lessons on how to use them. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HELP-ME WITH DOS VENDOR: Public Brand Software P.O. Box 51315 Indianapolis, IN 46251 (800) 426-DISK ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This DOS tutorial provides a reference guide to 40 DOS commands and error messages with definitions, variations and examples. The program is available for free on selected bulletin boards, through shareware houses and from the company. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HOW TO OPERATE THE IBM PS/2 VENDOR: FlipTrack Learning Systems 999 Main St. - Suite 200B Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (800) 222-FLIP ˙ (708) 790-1117 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This tone-indexed audio cassette course teaches how to operate the PS/2 keyboard, hard disk and PC DOS. It includes four two-hour cassettes and an indexed reference guide that recaps the taped procedure. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HOW TO USE DISPLAYWRITE 4 VENDOR: FlipTrack Learning Systems 999 Main St. - Suite 200B Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (800) 222-FLIP ˙ (708) 790-1117 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This interactive course, tone-indexed (four audio cassettes) takes the first-time user of the DisplayWrite 4 word processing progam step-by-step: creating, editing, formatting, printing and merge printing documents. The learner masters all essential word processing procedures and special features such as the notepad, cursor draw, outlining, doing footnotes, spell checking and keystroke programming. ________________________________________________________________________ 82 Alternatives to Printed Documentation PRODUCT: IBM DISPLAYWRITE 3 LEARNING DISK VENDOR: Hands-On Learning Corporation 27 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 272-0088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This training product for IBM DisplayWrite 3 provides instructions and is an alternative to the application's documentation and tutorial material. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MULTIMATE LEARNING DISK VENDOR: Hands-On Learning Corporation 27 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 272-0088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This training product for Multimate provides instructions and is an alternative to the application's documentation and tutorial material. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ONLINE BOOKS VENDOR: Computerized Books for the Blind University of Montana - Corbin Hall Missoula, MT 59812 (406) 243-2899 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Computerized Books for the Blind (CBFB) is a nonprofit organization providing written information in computer-accessible format to disabled persons. CBFB accepts requests from members and attempts to provide the written material in computer format compatible with the individual member's equipment. Current titles include computer-related texts, Borland manuals, Microsoft's manuals, IBM Manuals, a dictionary, a thesaurus, and the Bible. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ONLINE DOCUMENTATION VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Operations 3035 Center Green - Plaza 2 Boulder, CO 80301 (800) 426-3388 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IBM provides some of its publications in machine readable form for persons with disabilities. The publications are provided on a user-supplied 3420 tape or 3480 cartridge. More information about the products and titles available is provided by your local IBM branch office - through the IBM PROFS network: LEXVMK(BRAILLE). ________________________________________________________________________ 83 Alternatives to Printed Documentation PRODUCT: REFERENCE CARDS IN BRAILLE VENDOR: National Braille Press 88 St. Stephen St. Boston, MA 02115 (617) 266-6160 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Reference cards, in braille, for various popular personal computer applications, including dBase, WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Word, DOS User's Guide, ProComm, QWERTY and WordStar. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TECH HELP! VENDOR: Flambeaux Software 1147 E. Broadway - #56 Glendale, CA 91205 (818) 500-0044 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This online help tool for DOS gives programmers an encyclopedia of details from the DOS and hardware Technical Reference manuals and other sources. It describes DOS interrupts and functions, file headers, switch settings, video attributes, I/O control, differences between DOS versions and more. It runs from the command line or is resident. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TEXT SCANNING VENDOR: 1st Run Computer Services 1261 Broadway - Suite 508 New York, NY 10001 (212) 779-0800 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Text scanning provided by user sending a document to this company. OCR text scanning to disk in Wordstar, Multimate, DisplayWrite, Word Perfect, ASCII and others. Scanning of typeset books, manuals, publications, 6-24 point including roman and italic. Disk/tape conversions (bi-directional from PC, WP, 9-track tape and CP/M-DOS). ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TEXT SCANNING, DISK & TAPE CONVERSION VENDOR: Media Conversion Corporation 800 Roosevelt Rd. D-106 Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (708) 858-4566 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Text scanning to disk or tape. Typed or typeset documents converted to any disk or tape format. Books, directories, catalogs, photocopy printouts, etc. Also disk and tape conversion to most computer systems. ________________________________________________________________________ 84 Alternatives to Printed Documentation PRODUCT: VERSE SEARCH VENDOR: Bible Research Systems 2013 Wells Branch Parkway - #304 Austin, TX 78728 (800) 423-1228 ˙ (512) 251-7541 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Verse Search contains the text of the Bible (NKJ, RSV, NIV, KJV) with a program to search, display and print any portion. Most speech synthesizers are supported. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICE-INDEXED CASSETTES VENDOR: Voice Indexing for the Blind Inc. 7420 Westlake Terrace - #203 Bethesda, MD 20817 (301) 469-9470 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice Indexing produces audio cassettes for print-impaired persons. Contact them for the list of titles that are available. ________________________________________________________________________ 85 Alternatives to Printed Documentation Word Processing Word processing products are probably the most commonly used micro-computer software. There are hundreds of types to choose from, with a wide range of prices and functions. Products which accommodate a visually impaired person are included in this list. For example products which provide the user with audio feedback during the keyboard entry process via speech synthesizers. And, of course, many word processing products today include spelling checkers - a function helpful to many users. PRODUCT: BIGED 3.0 VENDOR: Turbo Power Software P.O. Box 66747 Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (408) 438-8608 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A large print word processor for an IBM computer with CGA, EGA or VGA video adapter, this program follows the Wordstar command structure and provides 20 through 64 column fonts and provides speech output through the COVOX Speech Thing and the AICOM Accent. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EUREKA A4 VENDOR: Enabling Technologies Co. 3102 S.E. Jay St. Stuart, FL 34997 (407) 283-4817 ˙ FAX407 220-2920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Eureka is a 3-pound Braille input stand-alone computer with 64K of RAM; it uses a 3.5" disk drive, runs on rechargeable batteries and features a word processor, database, notepad and scientific calculator. This unit has VT-100 terminal emulation capabilities and acts as a talking thermometer and volt meter. The Eureka A4 can be interfaced with an IBM PC such that it can take the place of a traditional speech synthesizer. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EYE RELIEF VENDOR: SkiSoft Publishing 1644 Massachusetts Ave. - Suite 79 Lexington, MA 02173 (800) 662-3622 ˙ (617) 863-1876 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Eye Relief, a full-function word processing package, is designed for vision-impaired users. On-screen text display modes range from one to five times normal size. The manual is printed in 18 point large type. There is also an Eye Relief for laptops. ________________________________________________________________________ 86 Word Processing PRODUCT: KEYBOARDING FOR THE VISUALLY LIMITED VENDOR: Educational Electronic Techniques, LTD 1088 Wantagh Ave. Wantagh, NY 11793 (800) 433-8872 ˙ (516) 221-4173 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This keyboarding program instructs visually impaired users in the use of a keyboard, using large print readout. It instructs the user in the basics of word processing - keying, saving, recalling and printing. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYNOTE PC+ VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keynote PC+ is a laptop portable computer with quality synthetic speech output. It comes with a word processing program and scientific calculator. With the KeyScreen screen review program, all DOS and IBM compatible text software is accessible. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYSPELL VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A spelling checker for use with the Keynote PC, it comes with a 50,000-word dictionary and allows user additions. This program will automatically offer alternative spellings and make editing changes associated with spelling corrections. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LARGE TYPE VENDOR: Nat. Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering P. O. Drawer T Hewitt, NJ 07421 (800) 736-2216 ˙ (201) 853-6585 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Large Type (screen display) word processing programs for visually impaired users consist of a variety of programs for different needs, ranging from basic and full-featured spell checking programs to a graphics word processor. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NOTEX VENDOR: Adhoc Reading Systems 28 Brunswick Woods Dr. E. Brunswick, NJ 08816 (800) 783-3210 ˙ (201) 254-7300 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Notex is a 24-cell refreshable braille display and portable note taker. PC-Link software allows Notex to be connected to a PC's serial port to display the contents in braille. A Notex 40-cell display is available. ________________________________________________________________________ 87 Word Processing PRODUCT: PROMPT-WRITER VENDOR: Syn-Talk Systems and Services 70 Estero Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 (415) 334-0586 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Prompt-Writer, a word processing package with voice output, consists of a KeyTronics 5151 keyboard and a Votrax speech synthesizer. Options are given in the menus, and actions such as cursor movement are executed with function keys (the KeyTronic board has 40) rather than control-key combinations. The cursor is moved around the text by paragraph, word or punctuation mark. The program has only one read-back key, and there are options as to what is read back when the key is pressed. Text may be read with or without punctuation. Pressing an "identify" key causes function keys to speak their function rather than execute it. "Audible windowing" allows the user to move back and forth between as many as four files at once. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SMALL TALK VENDOR: TARMAC Inc. 71 North Market St. Asheville, NC 28801 (800) 222-8270 ˙ (704) 254-6361 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: As portable as a calculator, Small Talk uses batteries or power to output data via voice, print or screen. Features include: Word-Talk, a talking word processing program; Calc-Talk, a scientific calculator program; alphanumeric keyboard; a 24-column-width printer; a microcassette drive for additional storage; an RS-232C interface connection; and a serial port. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TALKING TEXT WRITER VENDOR: Scholastic Inc. P.O. Box 7502 Jefferson City, MO 65102 (800) 325-6149 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: As users type words or phrases, the computer reads back aloud what is on the screen. Users select whether they want the program to speak each letter after it is typed, each word or the whole screen. Both volume and rate are adjustable. A Comment Box feature allows for comments or instructions to be read and reread. A Dictionary Box pronounces words aloud and reads definitions with a single key stroke. ________________________________________________________________________ 88 Word Processing PRODUCT: VERBAL STAR VENDOR: Computer Conversations Inc. 6297 Worthington Rd. SW Alexandria, OH 43001 (614) 924-2885 ˙ (614) 263-7574 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Verbal Star is an easy-to-use, full-featured word processing program with synthesized speech output of screen information. Text can be spoken by letter as it is entered. Entered text can be read back by line or by section, for content or for detailed proofreading with spelling, punctuation and capitalization turned on. When a command key is pressed, the program tells what is happening. Verbal Star can be used with most voice synthesizers. It includes text formatting options such as automatic indenting, margin and tab sets and line centering. 64k memory is required. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VERSABRAILLE II+ VENDOR: TeleSensory 455 North Bernardo Ave. P.O. Box 7455 Mountain View, CA 94039-7455 (800) 227-8418 ˙ (415) 960-0920 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VersaBraille II+ is a portable computing, word processor and I/O device with a 20-character refreshable Braille display. The user enters text on the Braille keyboard and reads this text on the Braille display that can be electronically raised to form Braille characters (a refreshable Braille display). Computer braille text can also be transmitted between the device and a PC in the form of ASCII text files. The system comes with the following: calculator program, communications control program and FastKey program for remapping function keys. Additional companion software is also available. ________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICE-IT VENDOR: Voice-It Inc. 1001 Snowden Farm Rd. Collierville, TN 38017 (901) 853-4456 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice-It adds voice to popular spreadsheet and word processing applications on IBM PCs and compatibles, turning spreadsheets and word processing documents into talking documents (Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect, e.g.). Audio messages may be recorded at any point of interest in a document - thus allowing talking presentations. In addition, Voice-It allows the user to dictate letters as audio messages to be keyed later and provides audio help messages. Voice adapter hardware and optional speaker are available from Voice-It. ________________________________________________________________________ 89 Word Processing SUPPORT GROUPS ______________ Support groups, including agencies and professional associations, use numerous approaches to disseminate information and direct activities toward a diverse audience. Examples of activities and services provided by these groups include information clearinghouse; database; legislative monitoring; newsletters and publications; peer counseling; sponsorship of conferences, workshops and seminars. To reference NATIONAL support groups, see the Center's guide, "Technology for Persons with Disabilities - an Introduction." LOCAL, STATE AND REGIONAL support organizations are listed in "Support Organizations," also available from the Center. 90 Support Groups INDEX _____ +---+ CallText 5050 52, 66 | P | Cassettes 80, 81 +---+ Chroma CCD 7 Compu-Lenz 7 Products Conrac Monitors 7 ABLE-2 Product Family 25, 39, Customized Braille 30, 81 70 C21LMAX 6 Accent 50, 65 DATASHOW 480 Projection Pad 7 APH PocketBraille 26 DataSweep 71 Apollo Speech Synthesizer 50, DECtalk 52, 67 65 Definition AUTO-SYNC 8 Arkenstone Hand Scanner 70 DesignView/19e 8 Arkenstone Reader 71 Digital Voice for Talking Artic Business Vision 40 Database 41 Artic Encore 59 DocuRead Expert 71 Artic Vision 40 DocuRead IDB and EXPERT 72 ATC/RESUS 214 26 DOS Help! 81 Audapter Speech System 50, 65 DOS-Helper 81 Audio Cassette Tapes 79 DoubleTalk PC 41, 53 Audio Cassettes 79, 80 DS Tutor 82 Auto Braille 26 Dual Channel (Receiver) Supra Automated Viewing Table Headset 59 (AVT-2) 5 Duran Dots 31 Beamscope II 5 Duxbury Braille BeSTspeech 40, 51 Translator/MSDOS-PCDOS 31 BIGED 3.0 6, 86 Dynaread 31 BookManager 80 Easy DOS 3.2 82 Boxer-Reader 71 Echo PC 53, 67 Boxlight LCD Projector 6 Electronic Typing Fingers 31 Braille 'n Speak 27, 51, 66 Enable Reader Speech System 41 Braille Blazer printer 27, 51, Eureka A4 32, 53, 86 66 Eye Relief 8, 86 Braille Books for Children 27, EZ-Reader 8 80 Fancy Font 9 Braille documents 27 FDR Series of Low Vision Braille Interface Terminal Reading Aids 9 (BIT) 28 Flipper 41 Braille Labeled Diskettes 28 Font-tools BIGFONT 9 Braille printers 28 Fontrix 9 Braille Services 6, 28 Fonts 9 Braille TeleCaption System 29 Freedom 1 42 Braille Transcription and Genius Full Page Display Duplication 29, 80 System 10 Braille & Print Device 26 HandiVIEW 10 Braille-Talk 29 Handy Scan 72 Braillemaster 29 Help-Me With DOS 82 Braillo 400S Interpoint 30 HG 6905 BK 10 Brailon Thermoform Duplicator, Hot Dots 32 Maxi-form 30 How to Operate the IBM PS/2 82 C Programming 30 How to Use Displaywrite 4 82 Calcworthy 59 IBM DisplayWrite 3 Learning CallText 5000 52 Disk 83 91 Index IBM Personal System/2 Noteworthy 60 Displays 10 Notex 34, 87 IBM Screen Reader 42, 62 NovaTrans 17, 54, 73 IBM 3119 Page Scanner 72 OHTSUKI Printer BT-5000 34 inFocus 10 Online Books 83 Intex-Talker 53 Online Documentation 83 JAWS (Job Access With Optacon II 34, 74 Speech) 42 Opteq V 17 Keyboarding for the Visually OsCaR 74 Limited 11, 87 P-See Color CCTV 17 Keynote GOLD 54 Pagemaster II 74 Keynote PC+ 43, 87 PC BRAILLE 34 KeySpell 43, 87 PC LENS 18 Kurzweil Personal Reader 73 PC Scan Series 74 L-View, PageView, PC Viewer LCD 18 SilverView 11 PC Voice 43 LabelRIGHT 11 PC-Voice 54 Laptalker 59 PC/KPR 75 Large Print Display Processor Personal Speech System (DP-11 and DP-11+) 11 (PSS) 55, 67 Large Print DOS (LP-DOS) 12 Personal Vert 43 Large Print Key Labels 12 Porta-Voice Speech System 55 Large Print Typesetting Portable DECTalk 55, 68 Program 12 Portable Large Print Large Print Typewriter 12 Computer 18 Large Type 13, 87 PortTalk 44 Larger Monitors 13 Premier 210 60 Limelight 13 Printrix 18 LM-300, LM-301 13 Private Eye 19 Loc-Dots 32 Prompt-Writer 44, 88 LV-101SP 14 Prose 2020 56, 68 Lynx 14 Prose 4000 56 MAGic Deluxe 14 PROVOX 44 Magic Keyboard 15 Proxima Data Displays 19 MagniView 400 15 QuickSpeak 60 MagniWORD 15 Ransley Braille Interface 35 Marathon Brailler 32 RDS Braille Learning Center MasterTouch 73 System 35 MegaLynk Workstation 15 ReadAble Fonts 19 Megatrend/2 16 READPRO 75 MEVA (Miniature Electronic Readstar 75 Visual Aid) 16 ReadStar EX PRESS 75 Micro IntroVoice 54 Recognize 76 Mobility Products Catalog 60 Reference Cards in Braille 35, MoreFonts 16 84 Mountbatten Brailler 33 Romeo Braille Printer 20 35 MPRINT 33 Romeo Braille Printer 40 36 MS-II Image Scanner 73 Scan 300/S 76 Multimate Learning Disk 83 Screen Sound 56 M24LMAX 14 Screen Talker 45 Navigator 33 Seekline Screen Reader NEC MultiSync 5D Color Program 56 Monitor 16 SEETEC Systems 19 NEC 19" Color Monitor 16 Sharp QA-1000 True-Color NFBTRANS 33 Overhead Computer Proj. No-Squint 17 Panel 20 92 Index Sharp QA-75 Overhead Computer ZoomText 24 Projection Panel 20 1-2-3 Learning Disk 79 SKERF-Pad 45 3M Braille Labeler 25 SLIM 45 Small Talk 46, 88 Soft Vert 46 +---+ Sounding Board 57 | V | SpeakEasy 46, 57 +---+ SpeakSys 36, 46 Speakwriter 2000 47 Vendors Speaqualizer 47 Abaton Technology Inc. 76 Speech Output for Screen Adhoc Reading Systems 34, 71, Reading 47 72, 87 SPOT OCR Software 76 Advanced Vision Research SynPhonix 200 57 Inc. 74 Syntha-Voice Synthesizer 58, AI Squared Inc. 10, 24 68 AICOM Corp. 50, 65 Talking CD ROM Package 60 American Foundation for the Talking Text Writer 47, 88 Blind 25 Tall Tex 20 American Printing House for the TECH Help! 84 Blind 26, 47 Telebraille 36 American Thermoform Text Scanning 76, 84 Corporation 26, 30, 34 Text Scanning, Disk & Tape Andromida Inc. 45, 56 Conversion 77, 84 Apercom Corporation 13 TextReader 77 Aristo Computers Inc. 81 Touchdown Keytop/Keyfront Arkenstone Inc. 70, 71 Kits 20 Artic Technologies 40, 44, 57, TrueScan 77 59 TruScan scanners 77 ARTS Computer Products Turbo Braille 36 Inc. 18, 31, 32, 34, 43 Type 'N Talk 58, 69 Associated Services for the Typeselect 21 Blind 30, 81 Vantage CCD 21 Automated Business Systems & Verbal Operating System (and Services Inc. 25, 39, 70 VOS Basic) 48 Automated Functions Inc. 59 Verbal Star 48, 89 Berkeley Speech Technologies VERBAL VIEW 21 Inc. 40, 51 VersaBraille II+ 37, 89 Bible Alliance Inc. 80 VersaPoint Graphics 37 Bible Research Systems 61, 85 VersaPoint-40 37 Blazie Engineering 27, 36, 46, Verse Search 61, 85 51, 66 Vert Plus 48 Boxlight Corp. 6 View 2 38 Braille Inc. 30, 81 ViewFrame 21 Brown Disc 28 Viewscan Text System 22 C-Tech 20 Viewstar 22 Calera Recognition Systems Viking 22 Inc. 77, 78 Vista 23 Centigram Communications Vocal-Eyes 49 Corp. 52, 56, 66, 68 Voice-indexed Cassettes 85 Chip Orange 46, 57 Voice-It 49, 89 Compeer Inc. 54, 55 VoxBox 58, 69 Compute Able Network 17, 54, Voyager XL CCD 23 73 WordScan 78 Computer Conversations Zoomer 23 Inc. 21, 48, 89 93 Index Computerized Books for the Kinetic Designs Inc. 12, 19, Blind 83 23 Computers To Help People Kurzweil Computer Products 73 Inc. 31 Love Electronics 45 Conrac Display Products Inc. 7 LS&S Group Inc. 8 Data Transforms 9, 18 Massachusetts Association for Design Software 82 the Blind 79 DEST Corporation 74, 76 Media Conversion Digital Equipment Corporation 77, 84 Corporation 52, 67 Metrolina Sight Services 27 Don Johnston Developmental Micro Alliance Corp. 21 Equipment Inc. 12 MicroLogic Software 16 Dukane Corp. 15 Microsystems Software Inc. 10, Duxbury Systems Inc. 31 14 Easyware Software Development Microtek Lab Inc. 73 Corporation 82 Microvitec 8, 13 Educational Electronic Mitsubishi Electronics Techniques, LTD 11, 87 America 10 Elite Business Applications 8 Mobility Products Inc. 60 Enabling Technologies Co. 32, Moniterm Corporation 22 35, 36, 53, 86 MSMT Braille Center 6, 28 EVAS 50, 65 National Braille Association Flagstaff Engineering 76 Inc. 29, 80 Flambeaux Software 81, 84 National Braille Press 30, 35, FlipTrack Learning Systems 80, 84 82 Natural MicroSystems Florida New Concepts Marketing Corporation 60 Inc. 5, 7 Nat. Institute for General Business Machines Rehabilitation Corp. 15 Engineering 13, 47, 87 Genius Technologies Inc. 10 NEC Home Electronics Inc. 16 GW Micro 29, 49, 57, 59, 60 nView Corporation 21 Hands-On Learning Ocron Inc. 75 Corporation 79, 83 Omnichron 41 Henter-Joyce Inc. 42 Optelec US Inc. 9, 12 Hooleon Corporation 20 PC-SIG Inc. 41 Howtek Inc. 29 Personal Data Systems 50, 65 HumanWare Inc. 18, 22, 26, 33, Personal Micro Computers 31 35, 43, 47, 54, 73, 87 Premier Innovations 60 Hy-Tek Manufacturing Proxima Corp. 19 Company 41 Public Brand Software 82 IBM Corporation 10, 28, 42, Quadram - Intelligent 62, 72, 77, 80, 83 Systems 13 Image Systems Corp. 6, 14 Raised Dot Computing 32 In Focus Systems Inc. 18 RC Systems Inc. 41, 53 Independent Living Aids 14 Recording for the Blind 79, 81 InfoBox 58, 69 Reflection Technology 19 Inovatic 75 Roudley Associates 33 Institute on Applied Royal Data Systems 35 Technology 55, 68 Sayett Technology Inc. 7 Intecolor Corporation 16 Scholastic Inc. 47, 88 Interface Systems Science Applications International 42 International Corporation 29 Intex Micro Systems Seedlings Braille Books for Corporation 53 Children 27, 80 Kansys Inc. 26, 36, 44 Seeing Technologies Inc. 19 94 Index Sharp Electronics Corp. 20 The Lynk Corporation 15 Sigma Designs Inc. 11 Tojek & Associates 17 SkiSoft Publishing 8, 17, 86 Truvel Corporation 77 Softcraft Inc. 9 Turbo Power Software 6, 86 Soricon Corporation 71 Typewriting Institute for the Speech Systems for the Handicapped 12 Blind 56 Viewstar Inc. 22 Spies Laboratories 9 Voice Connexion 54 Street Electronics Voice Indexing for the Blind Corporation 53, 67 Inc. 85 Syn-Talk Systems and Voice-It Inc. 49, 89 Services 44, 88 Vysion Inc. 55, 58, 67, 69 Syntha-Voice Computers Woodsmith Software 15 Inc. 45, 58, 68 Worthington Data Solutions 9, Talking and Visual Aids 17 11 Talking Computer Systems 60 Xerox Imaging Systems - Talking Computers Inc. 79 Kurzweil Reading Machines 75 TARMAC Inc. 46, 88 Ziehl Associates Inc. 59 TeleSensory 5, 7, 11, 14, 16, 1st Run Computer Services 76, 21, 23, 28, 33, 34, 36, 37, 84 38, 43, 46, 48, 74, 89 95 Index +----------------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMBED TRACE | +----------------------------------------------------------------------+ Page 0 (READPC SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (SCRIPTX SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (FONTS SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (OMNISYM SCRIPT) Page 0 (VISION FNT D0) Page 1 (KICKOFF SCR D0) Page 2 (IMPNOTIC SCT D0) Page 3 (NSCPDINT SCT D0) Page 1 (DISABHOW COV D0) Page 3 (VISION EAP D0) Page 5 (MAGNIFY COV D0) Page 5 (MAGNIFY SCT D0) Page 25 (BRAILLE COV D0) Page 25 (BRAILLE SCT D0) Page 39 (AUDIO2 COV D0) Page 39 (AUDIO2 SCT D0) Page 50 (SYNTH COV D0) Page 50 (SYNTH SCT D0) Page 59 (AUDIMISC COV D0) Page 59 (AUDIMISC SCT D0) Page 62 (SCRNREAD BRO D0) Page 65 (SRDSYNTH COV D0) Page 65 (SRDSYNTH SCT D0) Page 70 (READER COV D0) Page 70 (READER SCT D0) Page 79 (DOC COV D0) Page 79 (DOC SCT D0) Page 86 (WORDPR2 COV D0) Page 86 (WORDPR2 SCT D0) Page 90 (DISABSUP CV1 D0)

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