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The links below go to organizations whose fundamental charter is about improving the internet. These specific sites go to that organization's web accessibility home page.

  • The World Wide Web Consortia's Web Accessibility Initiative home page contains a large number of links to recommendations, guidelines, practical approaches and organizations.
  • The Internet Society's Special Interest Group for Web Users with Disabilities also contains a set of links to techniques or tools which can be used to make web sites more accessible and which can assist individuals with disabilities in having a richer web experience.
  • The IEEE has begun work on best engineering practices to keep the internet open to end users and developers alike. Their Best Practices Standards Working Group home page is where all the recommendations and comments are played out.

  • Products for Vision Impaired Individuals

    Reader Software

  • Windows-Eyes, current version 3.1, for Windows 95/98, $595. Vendor is Gwmicro, 725 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46825, telephone 219-489-3671. Windows 2000 version is due out before the end of the year. Price for W2K version may well be $995.
  • JAWS for Windows, current ver 3.5.37, for Windows 95/98, $795. Vendor Henter-Joyce, 11800 31st Court North, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33716, telephone 800-336-5658. Will have a version for Windows 2000 at $1195.
  • Listening to Windows 95. Vendor is TECSO inc., 1717, boulevard Rene-Levesque est, 2eme etage, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2L 4T3, telephone 514-590-4218.
  • Syntha-Voice. Vendor is Syntha-Voice Computers, Inc., 304-800 Queenston Road, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada,L8G 1A7, telephone 905-662-0565.
  • OutSpoken, current version is 3.01 for Windows 95/98/ME and 8.0 for Macintosh 7.0 to 8.6. Vendor is Alva Access Group, 436 14th Street, Suite 700, Oakland, California, 94612, telephone 510-451-2582. Price is around $250
  • Braille Software and Hardware

  • Enabling Technologies, manufacturers of Braille readers and encoders.
  • Duxbury Systems, manufacturers of Braille translators.
  • Arkenstone, nonprofit organization which manufactures reading hardware and software.
  • Alva Access Group, manufacturers of Braille displays and screen reader software for Unix, Windows and Macintosh systems.

  • Products for Hearing Impaired Individuals

    Captioning Software and Hardware

    Text Track and Transcript Software and Hardware

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    Author
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    This document last updated January 20, 2001.

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