What is a reading system?

DO-IT Factsheet #139
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A reading system is hardware and software designed to provide access to printed text for people with visual impairments, mobility impairments, or learning disabilities. Specialized software controls a scanner that takes an image of a printed page, converts it to computer text with character recognition software, and then reads the text in a synthesized voice.

For more information about disability-related terms, consult Glossary of Disability-Related Terms [1]. For information about other technology for people with disabilities, consult Adaptive Technology [2].

For information about adaptive technology, consult Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology [3] or view the video [4] by the same title.

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