Computer Access: Screen Readers and Screen Magnification

Some computer users with vision impairments may be able to access the computer screen (Apple or PC) using the computer’s inbuilt accessibility features. For those who require additional magnification or speech output, a range of options appears below. See also braille and tactual devices, electronic magnification, keyboarding and computer skills, materials in alternative formats, and scanning and text capture.

Item and Source Price Comments
Co:Writer 7
Spectronics
A$450 or by annual subscription PC or Apple – word prediction software with speech which occupies part of the screen; also available for iPad
Training materials available from ATTO and Spectronics
Dolphin Guide
Quantum RLV
$1,180 + freight PC – simple computing with screen magnification and speech
iZoom
Quantum RLV
A$530-$700 + freight PC – screen magnification (1.5x to 16x) and speech including full screen and magnifying lens
JAWS Screen Reader
Quantum RLV
A$1,530-$2,280 + freight PC – screen reader
Training materials available from ATTO or Freedom Scientific
MAGic Screen Magnification with Speech Software
Pacific Vision
Quantum RLV
Magnification A$395-$540
Magnification & speech A$595-$810
Keyboard A$180
+ freight
PC – screen magnification (up to 16x with horizontal and vertical split screens) and optional speech
NVDA
NVAccess
Freeware PC – screen reader
Window Eyes
Humanware
Free with Microsoft Office 2010 or later PC – screen reader
WYNN Reader
Quantum RLV
A$630-$1,280 PC or Apple – literacy software with screen magnification and speech (includes text highlighting) which may be suitable for students with low vision
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
Humanware
Pacific Vision
Quantum RLV
Magnification A$535-$600
Magnification & speech A$699-$840
Keyboard A$185-$240
+ freight
PC and Apple – screen magnification (2x-16x) and optional speech
Training materials available from ATTO or CAT

Please note: Every effort has been made to ensure this information is accurate and current. If there are errors or omissions, they are unintentional. Please check with the equipment supplier to verify product specifications, availability and price.