AssistiveWare recently announced the release of its latest Mac OS X application, Wrise. It will be formally introduced this week at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Orlando, Florida. Wrise is AssistiveWare’s newest addition to its portfolio of assistive technology solutions. The word processor for Mac makes reading and writing accessible for everyone.

Wrise is designed to support reading comprehension and facilitate text composition, which can also be beneficial to people who have dyslexia. Key features include:

  • Text to Speech
  • Word and sentence highlighting
  • Zoom and EasyReading mode
  • Speak as you Type
  • Word prediction and speech tags

Wrise can be used to read selected text out loud in any Mac application. Additionally, it can import several document types, which include:

  • PDF
  • Word (doc/docx)
  • Plain texts
  • RTF

Wrise works with Text to Speech voices in a variety of languages. However, the user interface is currently only available in English. The word processor is available at the Mac App Store. Currently it is offered at an introductory price of $29.99, which will go up to $59.99 on February 15th

Read more about Wrise and download the free trial.

Texas Wins FCC Award for Accessibility Tools

The Texas state government won one of seven awards for innovation in accessibility communications by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) award. The award was for Texas’ new web tools that help people create accessible Microsoft 2010 materials. The tools can help users create everything from accessible Word document to PowerPoint slides.

The tools offer a set of learning modules that help people create accessible documents and use the features of the Microsoft Office 2010 suite.

Read more at the Office of the Governor Rick Perry website.

“Be more like us,” says Secretary of State John Kerry describing the message delivered by The Disabilities Treaty. The Treaty is intended to open the world to Americans with disabilities. Ratification will help provided Americans with the same protection globally that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides them on US soil. Moreover, it will enable Americans with disabilities to participate fully in the global economy. Read more about the The Disabilities Treaty.

Many websites provide important information in PDF documents but they are often not accessible, which means that readers with disabilities miss the information. Most PDFs can be made accessible in a small number of steps that will seem familiar if you have created accessible HTML.

Fast, Reliable and Accurate Document Accessibility Testing & Remediation

We will ensure that your documents will meet Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines and can be used by people with disabilities.  We make the following documents accessible:

  • PDF documents
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel
  • InDesign

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