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Free Resources for Individuals with Low Vision

This page was started as a place to provide access to tools to help computer users with Low Vision conditions. Our goal was simple- find tools and programs that were downloadable and FREE (or free to try and very inexpensive to purchase). We found a number of tools that met this criteria. As we discovered more and more resources it became apparent that this page could serve a greater purpose and provide links to resources in several categories. There are now sections for software, access to print media alternatives, streaming audio websites, entertainment and games, and links to other websites offering support and information, as well as goods and services. We hope these resources are helpful to our clients and to all those living with Low Vision. We plan to keep adding to this page, so be sure to scroll down the whole page, and visit often!

 

Computer Software For Windows Computer users:

Microsoft Corporation - Accessibility Features for Microsoft Products

ReadPlease text to speech converter software.

Dragnifier - Easy to use magnifier software.

Big, Bright Mouse Pointers for Windows

Simply Web 2000 - A free web browser with built in speech synthesizer.

GearVox - Software reads email messages in a computer generated voice. Also speaks your computer's time.

Talking Alarm Clock - Uses computer generated voice to read notes you set as alarms.


Computer Software For Apple Computer users:

Apple Computer's Web Page for Apple Accessibility Features

Screen color inverter - High Contrast display tool for MAC

LUPE - Magnifier software for MAC


Audio books and other audio versions of print media:

AudioBooksForFree - Several books in .mp3 format, free for download. Requires simple registration.

Audio Books at Project Gutenberg - several books in human-read and computer generated audio formats.

RD OutLoud - Online content from Reader's Digest in streaming audio format - uses Quicktime player.

Library of Congress National Library Service - Supplies several monthly publications on tape.

CRIS - The Connecticut Radio Information System. Provides special radio service reading area newspapers and other print media.

Newsline - This service provides on-demand audio versions of newspapers - access is by telephone.


Entertainment and Games

Narrative Television Network - Online vintage films with a narrative sound track added.

FREE computer games for blind and low vision users.


Additional Low Vision Resources - Websites

Low Vision Lowdown with Kristin MacDonald - Streaming audio of stories and interviews specifically related to low vision.

National Weather Service - Online streaming audio broadcasts from NOAA Weather Radio.

Independant Living Aids, Inc. - Website offers a wide range of products for living with Low Vision.

Peapod Online Grocery Service. - Home delivery of goods from Stop & Shop.

MD Support.org. Website loaded with information and resources for living with Macular Degeneration.

VisionAware.org. An extensive website featuring self help resources for those with low vision conditions.


General Purpose Computer Software For Windows Computer users: While the software below is not specifically designed for Low Vision users, this list has some of the best truly free software available today.

Avast4 - Completely free antivirus protection. Excellent product!

IrfanView - Free image viewing, conversion, and slideshow software.

Spybot Search and Destroy - Completely free, highly effective anti spyware software.

Zip Central - A good, free, zip file tool.

OpenOffice.org - A free suite of productivity software - word processor, spreadsheet, etc.

PrimoPDF - Lets you create PDF files from anything you can print.

Mozilla.com - Home of Firefox and Thunderbird - Great alternative web browser and email software.