Other sites and programs
There is a wealth of other software out there for blind people and screenreader users, and people with disabilities in general.
Screenreaders and magnifiers
These are programs that people with little or no sight can use to operate the computer.
- Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA)
- A free, open-source screenreader for Microsoft Windows. NVDA is the leading free screenreader for Microsoft Windows, and what WebbIE recommends to use.
- Thunder Screenreader
- Thunder is a completely free screenreader for Windows: it supports any SAPI 5 voice, so you can use lots of free voices in many different languages, and it works with Microsoft Word, Notepad, Outlook Express, Excel, Windows and the Internet with WebbIE. WebbIE was distributed with Thunder for many years, but we now recommend using NVDA.
- Fatbits screen magnifier
- A magnifier with smoothing, good performance, but not full-screen.
- Lightning Express screen magnifier letting you see the screen with low vision.
- A free screen magnifier from Claro Software (Alasdair's company). Use this if you need to make everything on your computer bigger. No installation, but need to download each day you use it.
- MagX magnifier App
- A brilliant free magnifier for iPad and iPhone (and iPod Touch) for iOS devices.
Other software and tools
- FX Software Assistive Software
- Lots of small free programs, including a coloured panel that follows the mouse, magnifier, a simple way to change Windows colours, overlays, reading toolbars, extra-large mouse pointers and lots more.
- easyRead Internet Explorer zoom
- Adds two buttons to your Internet Explorer toolbar: zoom in and zoom out, which magnify and shrink web pages so you can read them more easily.
- AMIS Daisy Book Reader lets you read Digital Talking Books.
- A free self-voicing (speaking) DAISY Book Reader.
- A complete, free, self-voicing (speaking) way to get newspapers, talking books and audio.
- DSpeech from Dimio
- A program that saves synthesized speech to audio files (e.g. MP3 files) for burning to CD or putting onto an iPod or other MP3 player.
- Vinux - GNU/Linux for blind users
- A complete operating system on a CD or DVD that's fully accessible from booting up as a Ubuntu-based live CD.
- RS Games
- A company making free (ad-supported) accessible games, from board games to zombie mayhem.
Voices (TTS - speech synthesizers) for screenreaders
See Free text-to-speech (TTS) or speech synthesizers for much more detail and downloads.
- eSpeak SAPI5 voices
- These free voices can be used with the Thunder or NVDA screenreaders. Includes Afrikaans, Bosnian, Czech, Greek, Esperanto, Finnish, Croatian, Hungarian, Kurdish, Romanian, Slovak, Serbian, Swedish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish.
- Welsh SAPI5 voices from WISPR
- These free Welsh voices can be used with the Thunder or NVDA screenreaders.
Programs to support people with limitations on their physical movement (lack of control, limited movement range, limited strength, switch control.)
- SAW Special Access to Windows
- Developed by ACE Centre Oxford in 2012 or so. Open-source. Lets users create programmable switch-accessible on-screen keyboards.
- Concept Coding Framework
- No idea what this is, exactly: it looks like a server that serves symbols on request, you install it on a box. But what they do have is some fonts that contain ARASAAC and Bliss symbols mapped to the personal-use Unicode code points, which has got to be useful for something. It was used in SAW.
- Quivira Font
- There are lots of symbols in the Unicode standard, but you need a font to display them. Quivira provides glyphs for many of the code points, so you can use it to create vector-based, scaling communication grids and the like.
- CCF Fonts
- BLISS and other symbols as the private section of Unicode.
- Website for blind computer users in Bosna and Herzegovina, including discussion mailing list and lots of resources.
- Easy YouTube
- This is an accessible version of the YouTube website with simple play and stop buttons.
- Talking Computers
- Free software and articles for people with little or no sight and for people with learning disabilities.
- Accessible YouTube
- An accessible version of YouTube. Actually, it's a more useable version: YouTube works fine in WebbIE.
- An accessible web front end to Twitter.
And finally, a word from our sponsors:
- ScreenReader for a full range of commercial products.
- A full range of affordable high-quality assistive technology, including the LookOUT screen reader, from Choice Technology, supporters of WebbIE.
- Claro Software for people with print impairments like dyslexia.
- Software for people with different visual and print problems from Claro Software, supporters of WebbIE.