With a busy week behind me, I am looking forward to the weekend and an extra day’s holiday on Monday.
I was asked to sign a petition against Freedom Scientific, of JAWS Fame, taking legal action against The FreedomBox company. Well meant, but worrying. In the field of screenreaders, Freedom Scientific have patented the word Freedom as their trademark and must surely have the right to defend it when someone else in the same field chooses to use that word. So I did not sign alongside the other 150 blind screenreader users. It’s a great shame we can’t spend all our money and energy on meeting the needs of our clients. The rest is a distraction.
The subject of tactile graphics won’t go away. Over the years many gifted people have bent their minds and enthusiasms in the cause of creating meaningful raised maps and diagrammatic representations for those of us who can’t see. I come from a family of three visually impaired lads. I find tactile diagrams a struggle, almost an extra barrier to the learning, but my two brothers just love maps and diagrams and would, I am sure, be thrilled with the current developments taking place at the Royal National College here in the UK. I saw the device for myself while in Germany this week; but let the college promotion team sell the idea to you themselves: Maybe we have something to learn from this presentation.
Page Headline: T3 from RNC T3 Talking Tactile Technology
Now for my view: A lot of work is required to prepare materials. But it’s a great invention and the T3 will stimulate many imaginations. For more information, go to http://www.rncb.ac.uk/t3/index.html .
So maybe this is how we should be promoting Thunder and the free screenreader option Thunder – Free Talking software for Blind People. Thunder – Financial Freedom, no need to pay. "The beginning of a complete revolution in accessibility for blind and visually impaired people. "One of the most important inventions for blind people in recent years.” "Sensational" “The modern Braille”. "It has blown my mind" "The potential is enormous" Introducing the computer revolution to all blind people. ... A Whole New Way of Seeing ... A Whole New World of Learning
Thunder software converts a modern computer into a talking computer within minutes. It’s a standard internet download from anywhere in the world. Thunder gives blind an visually impaired people access to the web, the privacy of email, the empowerment of mainstream information and equal opportunity to jobs, learning leisure.
Operation is simplicity itself. The software automatically installs and all that is required is for the operator to learn a few standard keystrokes and procedures. The user can then listen to a huge volume of information on any pre-selected subject.: Since its launch in August 2006, Thunder is already being used by over 14,000 individuals across a range of sectors including Education - from Early Years to Adult Training... Public sector Libraries, Arts and Museums Industry and Commerce This is what Thunder users have to say about it... "The beginning of a complete revolution in accessibility for the visually impaired" "Sensational, It has changed my life. My literacy has been restored.”
"At last, "I can use the computer again like I did at work; and I don’t have to pay £700 I have not got.”
"One of the most important inventions for blind people in recent years." "It has blown my mind... the potential is enormous," "So easy to use, intuitive and straight forward" Instead of the mouse, just a few keystrokes to learn.”
“Talking software has been around for years but so expensive and only the few could afford it. Now everyone can join in the computer revolution.”
“It’s the modern Braille. Louis Braille himself would have been thrilled.”
Thunder software was invented by Sensory software Ltd, an innovative company based in Stockport UK. The free version of Thunder is distributed by screenreder.net, a Community Interest Company in Peterborough UK. We believe that the benefits of the freedom scientific are denied to the mass of blind people simply because they don’t have the freedom financial.
The free version of Thunder is for home use, non-commercial use, and a licensed version can be purchased for use by organisations.
When we first began work on a low cost screenreader some five years ago, I sought the advice of a senior Manager at the Royal National Institute for the Blind here in Peterborough. It has taken me these five years to get the message. He said: “It depends how its marketed”.