Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged

Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged

ALViC is a complete desktop environment which provides a comprehensive solution for Visually Challenged users. This is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 10.04 ; and uses Orca 3.2.0 xdesktop screen reader as the main interaction mechanism for visually challenged users. They can use it out of the box because accessibility features suitable for fully blind as well as for partially blind users are enabled by default.

This product has been released under the project ‘Enhancing Accessibility for FOSS Desktops’ at CDAC, Mumbai. The research and development activities under this project are aimed at developing software-based assistive technologies/solutions for the differently-abled people. This project is funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of IT, under the NRCFOSS initiative – Phase II.

Main Features :

  • Free and open source desktop environment
  • Enhanced Orca with skim read, sentence navigation, list shortcut and structural navigation of text documents
  • PDF documents made accessible in Linux environment
  • Easy navigation and search facility on Desktop icon view
  • Accessible login for visually challenged users
  • Suitable desktop themes for partial blind
  • Other assistive tools like OCRFeeder, Audio book converter, Emerson DAISY reader, sound converter etc. useful for visually challenged users are also included.Image
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One thought on “Accessible Linux for Visually Challenged

  1. Another milestone in the intellectual development of human race, though this time its a turn for visually challanged peoples. No doubt this can be done only through freedom of / in software. Believe to witness more such contributions.

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