Software

Emacspeak

Emacspeak is a speech interface software that functions with the Linux operating system, which is commonly used by computational scientists. It uses audio formatting and W3C’s Aural CSS to convert computer visuals and information into audio. Emacspeak is free! If you are interested in downloading Emacspeak, follow this link to the Emacspek website: http://emacspeak.sourceforge.net

JAWS

Capable of providing both audio and braille output for Windows operating systems, JAWS, or Job Access With Speech, is the most popular screen-reader. It works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 and it is compatible with the majority of web browsers. Follow this link to the JAWS website to make a purchase or to sample JAWS with a free trial: http://www.freedomscientific.com/Products/Blindness/JAWS. Freedom Scientific produces other accessibility software. Explore their website for braille displays, screen magnifiers, and more: http://www.freedomscientific.com/

VoiceOver

VoiceOver is the text-to-speech program for Mac products. It is an extremely useful application, especially with the touch features of iPhones and iPads. When you purchase Apple products, make sure they include the VoiceOver feature, as it is sometimes left out. For more information and for tips on how to use all of VoiceOver’s features, follow this link: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/osx/voiceover/