Reading Print Material

This list of resources is divided into two sections, devices that enlarge print text and present it visually and devices that convert print into speech.  You will notice that some companies provide both types of devices and more.  Descriptions were taken from the companies’ web sites.  

Visual Devices

ABISee Inc.

141 Parker St., Suite 210
Maynard, MA 01754
Phone: (800) 681-5909
Fax: (253) 595-3623
Web site: http://www.abisee.com
E-mail: info@abisee.com

Maker of Zoom-Ex "three tools in one'" scanner, reader and magnifier.  Also sells ZoomTwix video camera and Zoom Office software.  

AI Squared, Inc.

P.O. Box 669
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Phone: (802) 362-3612
Toll Free: (800) 859-0270
Fax: (802) 362-1760
Web site: http://www.aisquared.com
E-mail: info@aisquared.com

 Sells ZoomText magnification software; offers a downloadable 60-day trial version.

Beyond Sight, Inc.

5650 S. Windermere St.
Littleton, CO 20120
Pone: (303) 793-6455
Fax: (303) 795-6425
Web site: http://www.beyondsight.com
E-mail: jim@beyondsight.com

Reseller of screen readers and magnification software, closed circuit televisions, Braille embossers, scanners and many other low tech items. 

Central Vision Solutions

111 Warren Rd.
Cockeysville, MD
Phone: (410) 667-3633
Fax: (410) 667-0330 

Local distributor of low vision aids sold by Enhanced Vision Systems Inc.

Chesapeake Low Vision Inc.

Harold Boccia
Phone: (410) 515-0536

Distributor of optelec Products

Clarity USA Inc.

2222 Park Place, Suite 1C
Minden, NV 89423
Phone: (800) 575-1456
Fax: (775) 7783-0966
Web site:  http://www.clarityusa.com

Sells Clarity video magnifiers including portable and tablemate Inline models.

Enhanced Vision Systems Inc.

5882 Machine Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA92649
Phone: (888) 811-3611
Fax: (714) 374-1821
Web site:  http://www.enhancedvision.com

Manufactures the Jordy (head-born magnifier); Merlin closed circuit television; Flipper Auto-focus camera; Amigo portable desktop magnifier; and Nemo pocket-sized digital magnifier. 

Envision technology

4905 Del Ray Ave., Suite 320
Bethesda, MD  20814
Phone: (301) 654-3568
Toll Free: (800) 582-5051
Web site:  http://www.envisiontechnology.org
E-mail: moira@envisiontechnology.org

Provides assistive technology solutions and training including closed circuit televisions.

HumanWare

175 Mason Circle
Concord, CA 94520
Toll Free: (800) 722-3393
Phone: (925) 680-7100
Fax: (925) 681-4630
Web site: http://www.info@humanware.com
E-mail: info@humanware.com

Products include: my Reader, a stand-alone closed circuit television; the first low vision auto-reader.

Magnisight Inc.

3631 N. Stone Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 578-8893
Fax (719) 578-9827
Web site: http://www.magnisight.com
E-mail: info@magnisight.com

Manufactures flat panel, auto focus, manual focus, as well as PC compatible closed circuit television systems.  

Optelec

3030 Enterprise Court, Suite C
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: (800) 828-1056
Fax: (800) 929-2444
Web site: http://www.optelec.com

Manufactures and distributes closed circuit televisions; magnifiers; accessible PDA's; as well as speech and Braille products.

Readers that convert print to speech. 

KNFB Reading Technology Inc.

15 Walnut St., Suite 200
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Phone: (877) 547-1500
Web site: http://www.knfbreader.com 

Hand held reading machine that converts printed text into speech.  This portable device reads most printed documents, from letters and memos to pages in a book.  It also reads restaurant menus, address labels, package information, and instructions.  The machine stores thousands of printed pages with easily obtainable extra memory and its files can be transferred to desktop and laptop computers or Braille notetakers. 

Envision America Inc.

1845 W. Hove Ave.
Normal, IL 61761
Toll Free: (800) 890-1180
Phone: (309) 452-3643
Web site: http://www.envisionamerica.com
E-mail: envision@envisionamerica.com

Manufactures a bar code reader called the I.D.Mate. Bar code reader will identify product labels on cans, boxes and other items. 

Freedom Scientific

11800-31st Court N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Toll Free within the US: (800) 444-4443
Worldwide: (727) 803-8000
Fax: (727) 803-8001
Web site: http://www.freedomscientific.com/
Email: info@FreedomScientific.com

SARA™ (Scanning and Reading Appliance) uses the latest in advanced optical character recognition (OCR) technology to scan text and then read it aloud in crisp, clear speech in a variety of voices and languages.

GH, LLC

1305 Cumberland Ave., Suite 110
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: (866) 693-3687
Fax: (765) 775-2501
Web site: http://www.ghbraille.com
E-mail: ghinfo@ghbraille.com

Produces software for reading Daisy books, with special emphasis on math and science.  

Guerilla Technologies Inc.

5029 SE Horseshoe Point Rd.
Stuart, FL 34997
Phone: (772) 283-0500
Web site: http://www.guerillatechnologies.com
E-mail: sales@guerillatechnologies.com

Manufactures a variety of reading machines to scan printed materials into text.

HumanWare

175 Mason Circle
Concord, CA 94520
Toll Free: (800) 722-3393
Phone: (925) 680-7100
Fax: (925) 681-4630
Web site: http://www.humanware.com
E-mail: us.info@humanware.com

Products include: Victor Reader family of digital talking book players and ScannaR.  There are several Victor players that enable the user to read digital audio books in DAISY format available from such sources as the NLS Library Program and Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic.  The ScannaR is a flat–bed scanner that will scan any text document and read it back to you in seconds.  It does not need to be connected to a PC, as it has its own hard drive with room for up to 500,000 pages of text.

Kurzweil Educational Systems Inc.

100 Crosby Dr.
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: (800) 894-5374
Fax: (781) 276-0650
Web site: http://www.kurzweiledu.com
E-mail: info@kurzweiledu.com

Maker of Kurzweil 1000 software for scanning printed text in a variety of formats and converting it to speech.  Also manufactures the Kurzweil 3000 software for people with learning disabilities. 

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