The Stephen Joseph Inc. family of brands strives to create fully accessible and optimized website experiences for all visitors of our websites, including those with disabilities, regardless of assistive technology being used, or the abilities of those accessing our websites. We follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for our site and work to stay on top of the most up-to-date technology and standards to ensure all visitors are able to access the information they are seeking.
A screen reader is an essential piece of software for a blind or visually impaired person. Simply put, a screen reader transmits whatever text is displayed on the computer screen into a form that a visually impaired user can process. While the most basic screen readers will not help blind users navigate a computer, those with additional features can give people with visual impairment much more independence.
There are a variety of free screen readers available for free to help the visually impaired access and read website information*:
NV ACCESS https://www.nvaccess.org/
Orca (Linux OS) https://help.gnome.org/users/orca/stable/introduction.html.en
If you are using a screen reader, you may find it will not read some documents in PDF format. Adobe provides the Adobe Access website that will convert non-accessible PDF files to a format that is useable with a screen reader. The Adobe tool can also be added to your computer as a “plug-in”.
Most of the popular Internet browsers offer plug-in software to assist the visually impaired with screen magnification, contrast, and voice-to-text recognition:
*Stephen Joseph Inc. does not recommend or endorse any screen reader, browser, or plugin over another but offers these options as suggestions. We recommend a combination of software and browser settings to customize an experience that works best for you.