[guispeak] FW: The Days Of Costly Screen Readers Are Gone

  • From: "Chris McMillan" <chrismcmillan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 18:52:22 -0500

Dear List:

For your information!!


Christopher McMillan
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-----Original Message-----
From: FreedomBox Announcements [mailto:announce-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 3:28 PM
To: announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: The Days Of Costly Screen Readers Are Gone

Serotek Corporation, the company that created FreedomBox and the
FreedomBox Network, takes another giant stride in its mission to make
all digital information fully accessible by announcing FreedomBox System
Access.  System Access is an easy-to-use, fully portable application that
makes any Windows XP or 2000 system accessible to the user.  Following
its tradition of "accessibility for everyone" Serotek makes System
Access available free of charge to any user with an active FreedomBox
Network account.  For users who want to take System Access with them,
Serotek makes this powerful little accessibility program available on
its two popular portable media devices for a fraction of the cost of
a screen reader.  Either device turns any Windows XP computer into the
user's own, personal FreedomBox fully equipped with FreedomBox Version
2.0 and FreedomBox System Access.  Remove the device and the computer
returns to its normal configuration.  This makes System Access an ideal
solution for both beginners and advanced users of adaptive technology
without braking the bank.

Who Can Use System Access?

- Training:  Newly blind and/or seniors can be taught to use System Access
quickly and easily, giving them immediate access to the benefits computer
and Internet use can provide.  System Access uses Windows tools as is;
there are no new methods that must be learned and no scripts to write.
The cost is minimal.  Users can be up and functional in no time.
Trainers who have tested System Access are raving about it.  This is
the first-step tool they've been looking for.

- Educational Institutions:  From grammar school to colleges and
universities, accessibility has been problematic.  Educators are faced
with dwindling budgets and growing demand for accessible systems.
System Access loaded on PassKeys can turn every computer in the
institution into an accessible computer.  Every student who needs one
can be issued a PassKey.  For the first time it is really possible to
achieve an education system where "no child is left behind."

- Corporations:  Companies have struggled to comply with ADA.  Many jobs
are simply not available to the visually impaired because companies lack
the resources to provide expensive accessible hardware and software.
A System Access-enabled PassKey makes every computer on the network
accessible.  Direct access to the inner workings of Windows opens computer
and network technician jobs to the visually impaired.  With System Access
companies don't have to pay a penalty to employ the visually impaired.

- Public Access Facilities:  Libraries, government centers, information
kiosks, hotels and Internet cafes become fully accessible without a
special investment.  System Access either preloaded on the system or
loadable via a PassKey or Key to Freedom means no special hardware,
software, or training is required.  

- International Organizations:  System Access has the ability to become
immediately conversant in any language, using SAPI 4 or 5 and provided
that the included message file has been translated.  The FreedomBox
Network maintains a library of message file translations, giving users
the potential to access from anywhere in the world in the language of
their choice.

- Individuals:  Full access on the go is the biggest benefit of System
Access, loaded on a PassKey or Key to Freedom.  Blind people are more
mobile than ever, and with System Access they can have access to essential
information wherever they find a computer.  Every FreedomBox Network
user has System Access available on his or her home system at no charge.
PassKey and Key to Freedom devices are available for comparatively small
fees giving each individual full mobile access.

- Seniors:  Sometimes the burden of learning new technology is just too
much.  System Access has a minimal learning curve.  Sit down and start
and you are fully functional in moments.  System Access lets you do so
many of the tasks you want to do -- write letters, read your e-mail,
listen to favorite programming, and more.  Now all that is available
for simply opening a FreedomBox Network account.  Buy a PassKey and
take it with you for a very reasonable additional charge.

Vision resource trainers classify System Access as an "intermediate"
access program, providing text to speech access to Windows utilities,
system files, and support programs such as Notepad, WordPad, Windows
Media Player 10, and Windows Explorer.  It also provides excellent
access to key applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Internet
Explorer, and Outlook Express.  It provides review access to Microsoft
Office PowerPoint and Excel documents.  With a System Access-enabled
PassKey or Key to Freedom, a user can not only access the Internet,
create new Word documents, and review PowerPoint and Excel documents,
he can also query his home system from wherever he is via the Internet,
search for documents and retrieve, modify, and save them and/or attach
them to e-mails.

System Access is not meant to replace screen reading software for
all applications.  In fact, System Access employs entirely different
technology than conventional screen readers.  But for many users and
for many applications System Access provides enough accessibility to
do many important tasks without the need for a costly screen reader.
System Access gives a PassKey or Key to Freedom user full Internet and
computer access, wherever he or she may be, using any available Windows
XP computer.

Users with a basic computer background require little or no training to
become immediately functional using System Access.  There are no special
procedures to learn or scripts to write.  A technician can run System
Access via a PassKey and have immediate keyboard access to all of the
internal workings necessary to diagnose, repair, and/or tune the system.
Business, students, and casual users can access the documents and files
they need; create new documents, browse the system, and the Internet
all without installing any software.

System Access uses DECtalk as its text-to-speech engine, and users can
select speech rate, pitch, punctuation, and key echo.  These preferences
are maintained on the user's FreedomBox Network account and are
automatically applied to any computer the user accesses via a System
Access-enabled PassKey or Key to Freedom.  The user can also choose any
SAPI 4 or 5 synthesizer on the system at home or on the road.

To order a System Access-enabled PassKey or Key to Freedom call
1-866-202-0520 or visit www.freedombox.info.

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