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In addition to the comprehensive web sites on assistive technology, there are many sites that provide information specifically on technology for people who are blind or visually impaired.
This page includes:
General Information
 American Foundation for the Blind National Technology Center
This web site includes excellent fact sheets and bibliographies about braille technology, optical character recognition systems, synthetic speech systems, closed circuit television systems, magnification programs for the computer screen, etc.
 Information Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals
This fact sheet from the Trace Resource Center lists useful sources of information for computer users with blindness or visual impairments, including organizations, newsletters & journals, networks, databases & bulletin boards, and books & pamphlets.
 Screen Magnifiers Homepage
Peter Verhoeven's terrific web page for information on computer programs for large print and voice access. Includes test results, downloads, and more.
 Technology for the Blind
This section of the National Federation of the Blind web site includes information about web page design, a list of computer resources, sources of closed circuit TV (CCTV's) and large print software for computers, and more.
Web Browsers
Many people who use voice or large print output have difficulty using conventional Internet browsers such as Netscape and Internet Explorer. This section covers web sites that provide information about adapting conventional browers, and finding and using alternative browsers.
 Large Print and Speech Access to the World Wide Web
This web site from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides information and links about the basic concepts of the WWW and browsers; modifying browsers using built-in options; using the browsers with add-on access; and specialized browsers.
 Lynx Tips
Excellent suggestions for using Lynx, a popular text browser, by Elizabeth Hamilton.
 MultiWeb Internet Browswer
This freeware browser from Australia incorporates disability specific technology in a single generic software package suitable for computer users with disabilities including those with multiple disabilities. It is designed to be used without other adaptive software and includes a speech engine, text magnification, and scanning for switch devices.
Windows Issues
Individuals who use screen readers or large print software often have a difficult time negotiating the graphics "Windows" interface. These sites offer helpful guidance.
 Assist with Windows
The Iowa Department for the Blind's series of inexpensive tutorials for people who use Windows applications with screen readers.
 Window Concepts: An Introductory Guide for Visually Disabled Users
Sarah Morley's guide to Windows 3.1.
 Windows 95 Tips for Users with Low Vision
Practical tips by Elizabeth Hamilton.
 Windows 3.1 Tips for Users with Low Vision
Practical tips by Elizabeth Hamilton.
A tool that allows blind and visually impaired users to read documents in Adobe PDF format.
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 Assistive Technology (Index)
 Blindness and Visual Impairments
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