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Not since the birth of the Braille language has there been such an exciting time for those who have lost their ability to see. Today, technology is helping the blind take part in more activities than ever before. New technology is available to do everything from read a computer screen to help with the task of creating text messages. Anyone who diagnosed as blind should invest in these programs.
- JAWS: the most robust text reader for a computer. The program reads written words on a computer screen and makes it possible for the user to navigate the Internet.
- Kurzweil: This simply program allows a user to scan any written document into a computer. IT then translate the document into audible form.
- GOODFEEL: Blind students and musicians can use this nifty use to translate music into a format that the blind can study and play.
- Virgo 4: A text converter that is light years ahead of industry standards. It can also be used to create text to braille documents.
To make things even easier, there are new Braille keyboards. These keyboards make it exceptionally easy for students to use computers. By combining a Braille keyboard with a program like JAWS, the blind can use a computer as effectively as a seeing person.
While there is no doubt that being blind is a disability, today it does not mean living life in a world of darkness. Thanks to recent technological advances, the blind can now experience the world in a whole new way.