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- Partners: bfi Steiermark, bfw Duren, European Blind Union, Estonian Federation for the Visually Impaired, Associazione Nazionale Subvedenti (Italy), Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union, Screenreader.net CIC
- Duration: 1/1/07 – 30/6/08
The DICOMP-S.net project mainly aims at supporting affordable access to computer text-to-speech software for people who blind and visually impaired in Europe, a group that is still facing considerable discrimination regarding their participation in modern training and education processes. For the first time, a free screen reader for blind and visually impaired home users in Europe is being make available and, in an extensive dissemination campaign, it will be distributed directly to the target group.
In addition, tutors will be trained in the project; they will then be able to support blind and visually impaired people with both implementation as well as use of the screen reader and help to troubleshoot problems. Tutor training will be done via an e-learning application and in a joint face to face tutor meeting. The free screen reader is compatible with the new Microsoft 2000 and XP as well as the newer operating system Vista.
The screen reader, which is already available and basically functioning, is currently being pre-tested by individual project partners from the various partner countries. Necessary adaptations and country-specific remarks will be made. In addition the screen reader, all texts and tools concerned will be translated into the respective partner languages.
An information campaign regarding the screen reader will be launched with the help of all networks and target group associations. At the end of the project, it is the aim to broadly use the screen reader and its instruments and tools throughout Europe and to give blind and visually impaired people, for the first time, the possibility to participate freely in e-Europe.
For more information and to download the free screenreader please go to www.screenreader4free.eu