Screen reading software… Where have I been throughout my life?¿

Recently I googled the statistics of the blind in India not out of curiosity actually, just because I’ve got an assignment to write an article on assistive technology and visual impairment. The time I clicked on the search button to find the stats the first thing which I came across was India is now home to the world’s largest number of blind people. Shocking Right!!!! Wait… I haven’t given the figures yet, Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India. Now that’s shocking!!! While studying all these articles and pdf’s I was just wondering why I have stumbled upon only 3 blind people all through my 23 years of life. But now I’m in Saksham and enjoy the fun time with my blind friends. Before joining Saksham I remember I used to think that how they use laptops and mobile phones and various other technologies but still never thought of googling it… actually various screen reading software makes the mobile and laptops accessible for the person with visual impairment. Screen readers are software programs that allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. A screen reader is the interface between the computer’s operating system, its applications, and the user. The user sends commands by pressing different combinations of keys on the computer keyboard or braille display to instruct the speech synthesizer what to say and to speak automatically when changes occur on the computer screen. Jaws, NVDA, Super Nova (especially for low vision), narrator are the popular screen reading software android talkback, voice over on i phone are the mobile screen readers.

Let’s talk about the most affordable screen reading software in India.

The Non-visual desktop application also known as NVDA is an open source software. Especially for making the computers accessible. INDO NVDA is a Screen Reading Software which is a customized VERSION of NVDA for Indian languages. Indo NVDA includes 14 Nuance vocalizer and Eloquence voices in 10 different Languages (Indian English, British English, American English, Hindi, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil,   Telugu, and Marathi). The software is designed to make computers accessible for visually impaired people in all parts of the country. The DVD of the software includes Itools, the self-learning tutorial package from Enable India. It is yet another step of SAKSHAM in empowering persons with blindness in collaboration with Enable India as SAKSHAM believe in limiting limitations.

It’s always good to learn…or goggle it… Isn’t it 😉

Note: from the authentic sources. 😉


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Saksham Trust is a not - for - profit organisation, established in 2003. The sole aim of the trust is to empower persons belonging to this marginalised section of society through a variety of strategies. India has more than 14 million persons with blindness and low vision and above 70 million persons who cannot read normal print due to some sort of disability. A range of services needed to be provided to such persons for their social and economic mainstream into society. Saksham is guided by the Vision of a sensitised and motivated society that acknowledges the value of interdependence and appreciates the abilities of persons with blindness and multiple disabilities and willingly provides equal opportunities for all.

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