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Screen Readers

The IBM Homepage Reader was one of the first talking Web browsers for BVI users. Produced by IBM's Special Needs Systems, Homepage Reader audibly read Web pages and the Microsoft® Windows® desktop. Since its discontinuation in 2006, many other fine products have taken its place.

Jaws is a screen-reader-magnifier that uses high quality speech output, a quality sound card, and tools for browsing Web sites, such as navigation key commands. JAWS recognizes everything on the Internet, including paragraphs, headings, lists, and tables. A free demo is available on the Freedom Scientific Web site.

OpenBook from Freedom Scientific
OpenBook, a combined scanner and reader converts printed documents or graphic-based text into digital text, uses speech and optical character recognition (OCR). Users can scan bound books using the Pearl document camera.

WindowEyes™ BY G.W. Micro, Inc.
Carries WindowEyes screen reading software.

Dolphin SuperNova
Provides screen reading and magnification. 

Zoomtext from aiSquared
Screen reader and magnification software. Enlarges, enhances and reads everything on the computer screen.

Here is a link from the American Foundation for the Blind that lists screen reading products and links to the company. 

Nuance offers apps for mobile devices that convert text to speech for your contacts, caller ID, text messages, the web, and calendar.