Blind / Visually Impaired


Be My Eye

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A mobile application that connects users who are blind and low vision with a community of volunteers to lend their vision through live video technology. They currently have 3 million volunteers on their platform. This can be helpful for those with limited vision who may benefit from someone lending their vision remotely. For example, they may require someone to describe the world around them through live video, or read out written text on a product or physical document.

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Android Talkback

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TalkBack is the Google screen reader included on Android devices. TalkBack gives you eyes-free control of your device. The setup of your device depends on the device manufacturer, Android version, and TalkBack version. These help pages apply to most devices, but you might experience some differences. Important: Multi-finger gestures are available: On TalkBack 9.1, on updated Pixel 3 and up On some other OEM devices Starting in March 2021 This can be helpful for those with limited vision who may benefit from someone lending their vision remotely. For example, they may require someone to describe the world around them through live video, or read out written text on a product or physical document.

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Window Narrator

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Narrator can read aloud text on the screen, describe events such as notifications and calendar appoints and can enable you to use the PC without a display.

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NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access)

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NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) is an open-source, free screen reader as an alternative to paid solutions such as JAWS. Independent surveys (Webaim) suggest that it is a reliable option for many blind people, works in multiple languages and is the most widely used screen reader for windows globally.

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Visor

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Visor is a low vision magnifier that allows you to enlarge difficult to read text by three magnification levels and change the contrast to five different viewing modes. This can very helpful to people with low vision.

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Robobraille

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RoboBraille is a web-based service capable of converting documents into a variety of alternate formats including mp3 audio, Braille, eBook and other accessible document formats, for users with print disabilities. RoboBraille is a self-service solution and is available free of charge to individual, non-commercial users who are not affiliated with an institutional setting. Users need not register in order to use the service.

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Hearing Impairment


AVA

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Real-time AI-powered captions for the deaf - Empowering persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and inclusive organizations with accurate instant captions in any situation. Ava can be used in real-life social settings, classes and in-person meetings, as well as to power closed captions in video conferences. In a real-world setting (like an in-person meeting), Ava works by connecting devices to the Ava app, that way it can accurately transcribe each individual speaker's voice. This can be particularly helpful in a setting where there is no sign language interpreter present and there are many individuals speaking, which may be challenging for a participant who is deaf. In a video conference, this can be helpful by more accurately transcribing and displaying a group conversation and labelling the individual voices visually.

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WEBAIM

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Introduction to deaf and hard of hearing and design of digital content

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Automated captions on YouTube

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Youtube close captions

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Sound notifications - Android

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Android's new Sound Notifications will alert you to 'critical sounds' around you

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