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Forum topic by mmh posted 03-22-2009 12:50 AM 844 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2009 12:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: computer geek voice activated pc device software for the blind pc help

I had an inquiry from someone who is trying to assist an elderly gentleman who is nearly blind and would like to acquire a voice activated option for his PC. I don’t know anything about him or his specific needs, but I thought I’d throw this out in hope of getting some resources to pass along. He may be on a limited income so this device sounds pricey and just maybe someone has a used Whateverthisthingis that can be purchased cheaply or passed on as a “freebie”.

Any heads up as to what there is out there to help the blind operate a PC is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance (TIA),
Meilie Moy-Hodnett
Rockville, MD

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#1 posted 03-22-2009 12:56 AM


Do you know what operating system he is using Windows or Mac and what version of that operating system (Windows XP or Vista Mac OS X)?

Some of the later operating systems have built in text to speech programs. If Not, there are freebies available.


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#2 posted 03-22-2009 02:55 AM

Vista has built in Voice Recognition.

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 04:04 PM

Apparently the inquirer is an employee of a gentleman who has had a severe vision problem since birth. He has to put his face very close to the phone to dial it. He plans to purchase a new PC system and would like to include the voice activation program in this purchase/upgrade. So, any info as to what is available will be appreciated and considered.

Thanks everyone for your input. I know three other people who may be interested in such a program and will pass this info on to them.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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