Cognitive Web Accessibility: Assistive Technology Products & Services

These are free- and commercial products and services.

  • SpeakingFox
    For Firefox: "Converts text to audible speech on Mac OS X."
  • Clippable Bookmarklet
    "Formerly known as 'Readability 2'". Free Web-browser bookmarklet that strips all distractions from Web pages, and attempts to show only the primary text content.
  • TidyRead
    "TidyRead renders web pages with better readability as an-easy-to-read manner, similar to eBooks, by accurately extracting the context text and removing the cluttered materials."
  • Tar Heel Reader
    "... a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches." ... "This site is a result of a collaboration between Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and the department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."
  • ICanEmail
    "A simple, but powerful, full-screen, talking email program. Designed for those with cognitive challenges, visual challenges, as well as physical challenges. For the user, it operates in a sequential manner, where it asks one question at a time ...". Commercial product.
  • JISC TechDis Toolbar
    "Features include a text to speech function, spell checking and dictionary facilities, and a feature for gathering referencing information within a web page. It also provides simple ways to adjust the magnification or font used on web pages."
  • Flame Reader
    Text-to-speech software. Also "... helps people with learning disabilities and dyslexia write and spell better through Typing Echo ...". Commercial product.
  • EIA - Enhancing Internet Access for People with Special Needs
    Web browser designed for people with cognitive disabilities. Commercial product.
  • WebTrek Connect: AbleLink Technologies, Inc.
    "... allows people without reading or writing abilities to exchange email ...". Commercial product.
  • Accessible Web Video: JW Player Controls - OSU Web Accessibility Center
    "JW Player Controls is the Flash-based JW FLV Player with a customized Accessibility plug-in, wrapped with JavaScript controls from the Dojo Toolkit, using SWFObject for Flash embedding, and mostly FamFamFam Silk Icons for toolbar icons."
  • Accessible Media Project: Accessible Video Player
    "The first release is a basic video player, whose main aim is as a vehicle for demonstrating how to achieve WCAG 2.0 AAA accessibility using Silverlight."
  • Accessible Media Player : Nomensa, Humanising Technology
    Video- and audio player: "... compliance with W3C guidelines ...", "compatible with YouTube" Commercial product.
  • Easy YouTube: Easier watching of YouTube videos
    It has big buttons and clear video-size options. Visitors with cognitive disabilities may find those controls easy to use.
  • TextAloud - Text to Speech Software with AT&T Natural Voices™, Acapela™, Nuance™ Voices
    For Windows. Can be used to enable Web sites to provide text-to-speech capability. Commercial product.
  • Browse Aloud - Texthelp Systems - Accessibility Software
    Software to enable Web sites to provide text-to-speech capability. Commercial product.
  • ROK TALK | Text to Speech and Accessibility Technology for Websites
    Text-to-speech and text accessibility toolbar for Web sites. Commercial product.
  • WWAAC Web Browser
    Web browser intended for use by people with cognitive disabilities.
  • EdWeb by Deafblind Online
    Web browser intended for use by people with cognitive disabilities.
  • Communicate: Webwide - The first symbol-supported web browser
    Web browser intended for use by people with cognitive disabilities. Commercial product.
  • WebTrek: AbleLink Technologies, Inc.
    Web browser designed for people with intellectual disabilities. Commercial product.
  • CogLink - A simple, safe, easy to use email program
    Coglink is e-mail software designed for use by people with intellectual disabilities. Development sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Commercial product.
  • Readable App: read the web
    Readable is a free Web-browser bookmarklet that strips all distractions from Web pages. If Readable can not determine a page’s main text content, it enables users to identify the text they want to read.
  • Readability - An Arc90 Lab Experiment
    "Readability is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you're reading."
  • CLiCk, Speak: A Talking Extension for Firefox
    CLiCk, Speak, created by Charles L. Chen, is an open-source, free extension for Firefox that reads Web pages out loud in a voice. It is designed for sighted users with cognitive disabilities.
  • Tech Match
    TechMatch is a free, Web-based assessment tool that matches people with cognitive disabilities to computer technology.
  • Game Lab London
    "Gamelab London provides services in interaction design, gaming for education, interactive DVD and broadcast media: specialising in the production of fully inclusive content for people with learning difficulties and for blind or deaf users/viewers." Created the Us 5 BBC videos.
  • Cognable Speeka
    "Speeka is being developed as a free service ..". "... supports conversion of any web pages to MP3 ...".
  • Cognable
    Provides "... research development and accessibility consultancy, with particular focus on applications of Internet, assistive technologies and new media by and for people with Intellectual Disabilities." Creator of Cognable Speeka, a text-to-speech tool & service.
  • BBC - CBBC - BBC Inclusive Newsreader
    News Web site designed for navigation by Tab key or single switch; and for users with "reading disabilities".

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