Computing aids

Computers can open up a world of information, giving users access to live news, entertainment and communication with others.

For people who are deafblind or for thosBraille sense plus querty notetakere who’d like to boost their information, communication and technology (ICT) functions or facilities, there is a wide range of products for computers that can convert text into braille, change text into large print, change to colours on the screen, and even speak the text to you.

The variety of innovations can go a long way to easing and eradicating frustrations around computer use.

Do check first with the salesperson exactly what the computer aid was designed to assist with – and where possible try out similar versions before you buy.

Our following pages look at screen readers, screen magnifier software, braille displays, textphone software and braille notetakers.

With short explanations, the pages also suggest stockists for the aids. Take a look – you might find just what you’re looking for.

Screen readers

Screen magnifier software

Braille displays

Textphone software

Braille notetakers

First published: Tuesday 22 May 2012
Updated: Friday 23 January 2015