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OBVI: Computer and Assistive Technology for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons

If you have a question that isn't answered below, please email the Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI).

The following companies focus on software/hardware products, which enable visually impaired / blind individuals to operate computers. These companies may be able to assist you in locating software / hardware for other types of disabilities.

Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group

11800 31st Court
North St. Petersburg, FL 33716
800-444-4443 (Toll free in U.S. and Canada)
Phone: 727-803-8000
Fax: 727-803-8001

  • "Freedom Scientific's" mission is to change the world for people with sensory and learning disabilities by creating innovative assistive technology products and solutions.
  • This webpage will provide you with information about "JAWS," "Magic," "OpenBook," "Braille & Speak," and so much more (Freedom Scientific has merged with Henter-Joyce, Blazie and Arkenstone).

HumanWare, Inc.

6244 King Road
Loomis, Ca 95650
Phone: 800-722-3393

  • HumanWare, Inc. specializes in assistive technology for persons who have difficulties reading print due to blindness, low vision, or learning and/or reading disabilities.
  • They strive to maintain a strong emphasis on reading, writing, and general literacy through information access and management hardware, software and support services.
  • Their solutions include:
    • Complete computer systems for information access
    • BrailleNote, VoiceNote, Windows CE-based personal notetakers
    • Braille terminals including the revolutionary new Braille Voyager with Tieman Express macro editor
    • Screen reading programs including JAWS for Windows, Window-Eyes, Dolphin, and ALVA
    • Braille embossers
    • The MB Pro Braille writer
    • Kurzweil scan and read systems
Last revised August 3, 2022