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Monday, 3 November 2014

Jaws Screen Reader South Africa (software for the blind)

The World's Most Popular Windows Screen Reader

JAWSJob Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC.


Advanced Features

  • JAWS Tandem available for free to help with support and training
  • Optional support for Citrix, Terminal Services, and Remote Desktop
  • Powerful scripting language to customize the user experience on any application
  • Includes drivers for all popular Braille displays
  • Includes voices for over 30 different languages
  • Distributed worldwide with local sales and support in most countries

Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Personswith disabilities include those who have long-term sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

Discrimination on the basis of disability means any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of disability which has the purpose or
effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the
political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field. It includes all forms of discrimination, including denial of reasonable accommodation.

Reasonableaccommodation means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others.

The three basic criteria must all be met if a person is to be covered under the SA legislation

A person must have an impairment. An impairment may either be physical or mental or a combination of both. A physical impairment means a partial or total loss of a bodily function or part of the body. It includes sensory impairments such as being deaf, hearing impaired or visually impaired. Secondly, the impairment must also be long-term or recurring. Thirdly, the impairment must be substantially limiting.

In practice deafness may be only a physical characteristic or it can signify both a physical condition with a social/cultural perspective. Hearingimpairment can run the full scale from slight loss to profound. The main characteristic that separates a hearing impaired person/post-lingual deaf person from the pre-lingual deaf person, is whether they relate primarily to the “hearing world” or to the “deaf world”. Persons who relate with the deaf world belong to a community who uses a signed language and the person is considered Deaf. This group does not align itself with the words “impairment” and “disability”.

The freedom of choice and freedom of association with a particular group is promoted by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is protected by the SA Constitution.


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Articles 1 & 2
The SA Constitution/Employment Equity Act/Code of Good practise and Technical Assistance Guidelines on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities – Chapters 5 & 6
The Americans Disability Act – Deafness and hearing impairment under the ADA
SARS – Tax and disability

Department Social Development – Disability Grants

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Dragon Naturally Speaking South Africa learning difficulties dyslexia

Dragon Naturally Speaking South Africa learning difficulties dyslexia 

  • Natural sounding text-to-speech reads back editable text for easy proofing or multitasking.
  • Smart Format Rules allow Dragon to adapt by detecting format corrections – abbreviations, numbers and more – so whatever is dictated is laid out the way it's needed every time.
  • An interactive tutorial provides simulations to enable users to learn and practice good dictation, correction and editing habits.
  • Use Dragon with two of the most popular web based email applications – Gmail™ and Hotmail® – with Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions.
  • Use an iPhone®, iPod® touch (4th gen), iPad® or compatible Android™ device as a remote microphone for greater freedom and flexibility.
  • System administrators can create a recognition log that provides rich, objective information about usage for guiding enterprise users in achieving better results. The log also provides valuable metrics for measuring productivity gains (Available in Dragon Professional).
  • Dragon 12 Training Reference Videos. This video series will provide basic training to help users learn to use Dragon efficiently. (Available in Dragon Professional).

Features Of Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Ignite Personal Productivity With Fast, Accurate Dictation
Dictate naturally to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, email and more – three times faster than typing – with up to 99% accuracy. The more Dragon is used, the better it recognises a users voice.
Intelligent reminders prompt users to initiate analysis of documents and emails so Dragon quickly adapts to a users voice and writing style. Plus, the software automatically updates the voice profile based on a users dictation sessions and corrections to deliver continuous accuracy improvements.
Ignite Proficiency And Ease Of Use
Dragon makes it easier than ever before to dictate accurate text and make corrections.
The Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one convenient desktop location. And on-screen help means assistance is always available when needed.

Ignite A Voice Driven Experience In More Applications
Use Dragon with many of the Windows® applications used every day on the job. Dictate, edit and format text in Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Outlook®, OpenOffice™ Writer, Corel® WordPerfect® and more. Search the Web using Internet Explorer®, Mozilla® Firefox® or Google Chrome™.

Ignite Convenient PC Command And Control
Use simple voice commands to create files, send email, schedule meetings, open and close applications or folders, switch between windows, save and convert documents and search the Web with remarkable speed and ease. Dragon Voice Shortcuts™ enables multiple keystrokes and mouse clicks to be executed with a single voice command that can be spoken at any time, helping to get more done in less time.

Ignite Efficiency With Time Saving Macros
Create special macros that collapse multi-step processes into a single voice command so forms can be filled in, frequently used text and graphics can be inserted and business processes can be automated for unparalleled speed and efficiency. Develop powerful macros to:
Automate any user specific functions to streamline routine tasks
Control various applications elements such as menus and toolbars
Manage custom user forms or dialog boxes.

Ignite Mobility And Flexibility
Dictate content at work, at home or in the field. Record ideas and notes while they are still fresh to produce higher quality, more detailed documents. For optimal convenience:
Use a Nuance approved digital voice recorder or a compatible iOS device to record ideas and notes on the go; Dragon automatically transcribes the audio files to text at the PC.

Ignite User Accessibility And Corporate Compliance
Dragon enables users to meet government mandated accessibility requirements for workers with disabilities. It also helps prevent fatigue and repetitive strain injuries and keeps more employees on the job by offering a comfortable, ergonomic alternative to the keyboard and mouse.

Ignite Ease Of Enterprise Administration
Dragon security features and administration tools make it the ideal enterprise speech recognition solution. Centrally manage voice profiles, custom vocabularies, feature access and multiple installations over a network.

E-Scope, Electronics Stethoscope for hearing loss South Africa

E-Scope, Electronics Stethoscope for hearing loss

The E-Scope Hearing Impaired Model is an electronic stethoscope which amplifies 30 times louder than an acoustic scope. This model E-Scope is supplied without headphones allowing the user to choose the appropriate listening device to meet their specific needs.

The E-Scope, Electronics Stethoscope – Hearing Impaired Model can amplify sounds up to 30 times louder than an acoustic scope.
This E-Scope can be used with multiple-style headphones. A 3.5mm (1/8”) mono-sound output jack on the top of the stethoscope connects the headphones to the E-Scope (pictured).
Cardionics headphones allow the user to leave their hearing aid(s) in place while listening. The headphones go over the top of their ear canals or ear molds thus not interfering with the hearing aid(s). This E-Scope is successfully being used with In-the-Ear (ITE), CIC, and Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids with these headphones.*
The E-Scope has a control filter switch which allows the user to concentrate on heart or breath sound frequencies within a specific range. The control buttons are conveniently located on the head of the stethoscope. Volume is also controlled on the head of the stethoscope. The E-Scope is designed to remain at the same volume setting each time you power on and has 64 possible volume positions with the maximum output of 125 dB, undistorted.
* BTE hearing aids will need to be adjusted by an audiologist for optimal use – increasing the gain of low frequency improves heart sounds. They will need to disable automatic noise reduction.

  • Battery operated- Powered by a single “AAA” battery which will last about 4-6 months with regular use.The E-Scope has an automatic timer which will power off to conserve the battery.
  • Customer Service– Backed by world-class customer service, our E-Scope team will answer your technical questions and provide service when needed.
  • USB-style side output jack- Used for accessories including headphones for a second listener or connecting cables to a pc for recording purposes in medical records and Telemedicine.
  • Specialist Adult Diaphragm- Stainless-steel diaphragm produces 50% greater sound sensitivity, a more comfortable feel, and allows listener to use the split-finger technique. (supplied with E-Scope)
  • Accessory pack included– A zippered carry case is included which contains a pediatric diaphragm, plastic adult diaphragm, pediatric and infant bells, and your choice of ear tips

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Smartpen 3 Livescribe Pen South Africa

Smartpen 3 Livescribe Pen South Africa

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Livescribe 3 Smartpen

Designed to work and write like a premium ballpoint pen, the Livescribe 3 smartpen provides a balanced, smooth writing experience. Once you pair your smartpen with your tablet or smartphone you’ll really experience the magic it delivers.

Livescribe Dot Paper

The Livescribe 3 smartpen works with Livescribe dot paper to capture everything you write and draw. Livescribe paper is available at competitive prices in a wide variety of sizes and styles so you can choose the one that's best for you.

Livescribe+ Mobile App

Your Livescribe 3 pairs with Livescribe+ to instantly sync everything you write on paper directly onto your iPhone or iPad. Your notes become more useful when they are organized, tagged, searchable and converted to text

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Echo SmartpenLivescribe Pen South Africa

Echo Smartpen

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Livescribe Pen South Africa

simply tap the pen on any of your written notes to replay the audio at that exact moment in time

200 hrs recorded audio + thousands of captured written pages

where you can now search your own handwriting for keywords

in a variety of common formats, in an instant

WiFi Smart Pen South Africa (smart scribe)

WiFi Smart Pen South Africa  (smart scribe)

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Product Features
Record everything you hear, say and write, and link audio recordings directly to notes.
Record hundreds of hours of audio, capture thousands of pages of notes, diagrams and drawings.
Tap anywhere on a page to replay audio from that exact moment.
Wirelessly sync notes and audio to your free Evernote® account.
Includes a free one-year subscription to Evernote Premium.
Replay, search and share your interactive notes, any time and anywhere from PC, Mac, iOS or Android devices.

Smartpens Remember So You Don’t Have To
Record everything you write and hear together or separately. Tap anywhere on your notes to replay the audio from that moment in time.

From Paper, Directly To Your Digital World
Automatically and wirelessly transfer your recorded notes and audio to your free Livescribe edition of Evernote for play back on nearly any device. Your Livescribe edition of Evernote includes 500MB of additional monthly upload capacity for smartpen notes and audio.

Smartpens Remember So You Don’t Have To
Record everything you write and hear together or separately. Tap anywhere on your notes to replay the audio from that moment in time.

From Paper, Directly To Your Digital World
Automatically and wirelessly transfer your recorded notes and audio to your free Livescribe edition of Evernote for play back on nearly any device. Your Livescribe edition of Evernote includes 500MB of additional monthly upload capacity for smartpen notes and audio.

Any Time, Anywhere Access To Your Notes
Quickly search, share and replay your lectures, meetings and ideas any time on nearly any device. The Sky wifi smartpen is the perfect companion to your tablet, laptop and smartphone.

Wireless Transferring and Sharing
Automatically, your recorded notes and audio are wirelessly sent and securely stored in your free Evernote account. From Evernote, easily search, share and replay on nearly any device.

Livescribe Dot Paper
Livescribe dot paper uses standard paper printed with a unique pattern of tiny microdots. This tiny pattern acts like a map for the smartpen, allowing it to capture the exact location of everything it writes or draws on dot paper.

Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe Dot Paper.Choose from a variety of paper types, bindings, and sizes at competitive prices: blank, lined, or grid paper in spiral-bound notebooks, hard-bound journals, notepads, and even sticky notes. Find the paper that’s right for you.

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Friday, 20 June 2014

ZoomText South Africa Low Vision Tool

ZoomText South Africa Low Vision Tool


ZoomText automatically speaks all program controls, including menus, dialogs, list views and messages. Three verbosity levels give you complete control over the amount of information spoken.


NeoSpeech provides human-sounding male and female voices that are closer to the real thing than ever before (English only). ZoomText also includes classic TruVoice, ViaVoice and Microsoft speech synthesizers.


ZoomText’s AppReader automatically reads documents, web pages and email within the parent application. ZoomText’s DocReader reads documents in a special environment where text is reformatted for easier viewing.


The ZoomText Recorder allows you to turn text from documents, webpages, email, etc. into audio recordings that you can transfer to on your mobile device and listen to at your convenience.  Recordings can be saved directly to a ZoomText Recorder playlist in iTunes or Windows Media Player and automatically synced to your mobile device.


ZoomText’s Background Reader allows you to listen to documents, webpages, email, etc. while you simultaneously perform other tasks.  You simply select the text you want to listen to and press the Background Reader hotkey, Background Reader begins reading the text while you go about other work.  At any time you can pause and resume reading and skim forward and backward by word or sentence.


Reading Zones allow you to instantly see and hear selected locations in your applications. Define up to 10 zones per application that you can trigger via pop-up menu or keyboard commands.
Coming soon for Windows 8.


ZoomText reads any web page, in the proper reading order. You can read automatically or manually navigate by word, line, sentence and paragraph.


Navigation keys make it easy to read while creating and editing documents. With simple commands you can read by character, word, line, sentence and paragraph, even while selecting text.


Each key or word that you type is automatically spoken. You can choose to have all keys spoken or only selected groups of keys.


Mouse echo automatically reads text that you point to. Single words or complete lines of text are spoken instantly or after hovering briefly.


The SpeakIt tool allows you to read selected areas of the screen by clicking or dragging the mouse.


Built-in support for popular applications – including Internet Explorer (IE 10 supported in ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook; Office 2013 is supported in ZoomText 10.1), Adobe, Firefox, OpenOffice, iTunes and Java – allow you to read and navigate your documents with 100% accuracy.


Do you still have a previous version of ZoomText and want to upgrade to the latest version? Let us provide you with a quotation to upgrade your existing license to the latest version or to upgrade from Magnifier to Magnifier/Reader.


With a ZoomText Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA), you automatically receive the next 2 paid upgrades (One Major and one Minor upgrade), delivered right to your door at no additional future costs. This saves you money versus buying individual upgrades. You will be sure to have the latest features and technical updates at all times.



A ZoomText Network License is designed for organizations that have 5 or more ZoomText users who work within a single network. With the network license, ZoomText can be installed to all computers on the network, allowing users to sit at any available workstation. The number of concurrent users is limited to number of licensed users.


The ZoomText District License is designed for organizations that have 5 or more users that work beyond the boundaries of a single network. With a district license, ZoomText can be installed on any computer owned and operated by the licensing organization. Each installation must be activated, so the total number of installations is limited to the number of licensed users. For example, a 40 user license can be installed and activated on exactly 40 computers.
The district license is recommended for organizations having users randomly spread across multiple networks, working on standalone workstations (not attached to a network), or mobile users, such as teachers and trainers that are on the road.

LifeStyle HD Desktop Video Magnifiers South Africa

You’ll love what you can see again!

Retain your independence and quality of life. Help people with Macular Degeneration and other Low Vision Conditions.

LifeStyle desktop video magnifiers are among the most helpful macular degeneration vision aids for extended reading and writing comfort, viewing photos and performing hobbies and crafts.

If you or someone you know has macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, inoperable cataracts, or any other low vision condition that is limiting daily living activities, the LifeStyle videomagnifier can help to retain or regain independence and quality of life.

A LifeStyle video magnifier is your low vision solution. Imagine what you can do again!

Read your personal mail
Browse the newspaper or a favorite magazine
Read the label on medicine bottles
Read receipes and cooking directions
View family and vacation photos
Sign your own checks, address envelopes and greeting cards

Zoom Magnification
Easily zoom the magnification from 3.1x – 95x. LifeStyle is the only desktop video magnifier that features more than 150 magnification levels. The magnification increases in 1/10 magnification increments from 3.1x – 10x (for example: 3.1x, 3.2x, 3.3x etc.) and in 1x increments from 11x – 95x. You will have complete control of how much you magnify and how wide of a view is displayed on the screen so you can read comfortably and conveniently.

The LifeStyle HD desktop video magnifier (CCTV) is one of the most popular products for the visually impaired, including people with macular degeneration. Introduced in June 2011, its one of the first high-definition desktop video magnifiers available on the market.

The LifeStyle HD video magnifier optimizes the high-definition image quality to produce a crisp, clear display. LifeStyle HD provides three primary benefits compared to a traditional standard-definition image:

Clearly readable low magnification starting at 3.1x
Sharp, high contrast text display
Vivid realistic color image quality
With the LifeStyle HD desktop video magnifier, many users can read at a smaller size due to its sharper image, thus seeing a wider field of text with more letters or words displayed across the line requiring less movement of the X/Y reading table. The lower magnification level allows a wider field view of photos and the natural color image shows more definition and detail.

See the difference in HD quality!

All the Features You Expect
LifeStyle is so easy to use! All LifeStyle models feature a simple front panel design. Power, Magnification and Image buttons are all located on the front panel.

A single Power button, powers on the unit. Magnification buttons are large and ergonomic push buttons. To increase/decrease the magnification, simply press the Up or Down arrow buttons. The LifeStyle will zoom up or down continuously (not to a limited preset number of magnification levels.) To select or change the Image mode, press the large Left or Right arrow buttons to view the different Modes. Color, Enhanced Reverse Image (white letters on a black background), enhanced B/W, normal B/W, or the most commonly used monochrome images like yellow text on a black background, yellow text on a blue background or green text on a black background.

Advanced features are available with LifeStyle HD. Set horizonal or vertical Line Markers to help guide reading across a row of text or separate columns of a table or spreadsheet. Create a horizontal or vertical window view by adjusting the Window mode button. For PC connectivity, plug in a DVI-D cable (included with the unit) from the PC to the LifeStyle, then toggle back and forth to switch between a full screen view of the LifeStyle image or the full screen view of the PC or Mac. (Mac requires aditional cable purchase)
Note: MicroSoft Windows Accessibility settings or computer magnification software is required to enlarge the PC image.

Choose 22 LCD or 24 LCS Screen Size
Your choice of a 22 or 24 wide-screen LCD screen size is available. Both monitors adjust higher or lower, tilt forward or back, and swivel left or right for optimum viewing height and angel comfort. As a macular degeneration aid, the display on all LifeStyle models may be angled slightly for peripheral viewing.

Smooth X/Y Reading Table
Moving the sliding x/y reading table allows you to visually track the words across the line more conveniently.

Technical Specifications
Product Name           LifeStyle HD
Model No.       HD730
Magnification 22” LCD 3.1x – 95x
24” LCD 3.4 x – 95x
Resolution      High-definition
Monitor          22” LCD or 24” LCD
Ergonomic Adjustment         Monitor up and down, tilt forward and back, and swivel left and right
Image Modes 7 Image modes, including 4 user-selectable modes which can be selected from a palette of 28 text and background combinations
Line Markers/Windows       Horizontal and vertical Line Markers and Windows available
PC Video-In Connectivity     DVI-D
Picture and Text Modes       Picture mode to maintain image geometry or Text mode for extended text spacing
Power 100V – 240V, 50/60HZ
Weight            40 lbs. – 22” LCD model
40 lbs. – 24” LCD model
Dimensions    20.8” x 21.6” x 20.1”  – 22” LCD model

20.8” x 21.6” x 20.1”  – 24” LCD model