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Thursday, January 14, 2010



Thanks for this unique take on the two devices. I also appreciated your description of the Intel Reader's appearance. It's always interesting to me how much people with dislexia and people who are blind have in common in the struggle for appropriate access. In the back of my mind I thought it might be helpful for someone with dislexia or other reading difficulties to use these tools, but I hadn't thought about the logistics of it.

I look forward to hearing what she decides and how the tool she chooses (if she goes that route), works for her.

Liz Ditz

Nickie, nice to hear from you! I've been neglecting you.For those of you who don't know Nickie, she blogs at>

I'm really hoping she will try out a reader....but mom has to keep quiet.

What device do you use? Likes & dislikes?


Hi Liz, I don't own a dedicated device for OCR like the KNFB Reader or Intel Reader. I have used Kurzweil 1000, which is much more geared toward people who are blind, but don't use it much because of the physical effort and energy required to scan materials.

Since I can't benefit from any visual output from a device, I often use more portable solutions for reading materials which are in digital format. I use RFBD and other services which make books available in electronic accessible formats and my school's disability services office scans the books I can't find in an accessible format.

My favorite book reading device is the Victor Reader Stream from Humanware. I understand that they also make something called a Classmate Reader which is more geared toward those with learning disabilities.

It all depends on what works best for the individual though. For me, the two pronged approach of computer-based and portable reading devices is working. I'd say that the reason I don't use a device like the KNFB or Intel readers is the cost of the products.

I hope this helps. I'm always glad to share resources when I can, so if I can be of any help, feel free to ask!


Ugh. I can't read that paragraph, and I don't suffer from any reading disability. It seems like one would need more than a text reader to slog through that text. To read it, I had to read each sentence and translate it. And, I still feel like the logical connections are missing. I guess one can become more practiced in learning to read that kind of text, and that might be where a reading device might help your daughter.


You're probably of this site, but provides a lot of useful human-read text. It's of no use for recent copy-righted writings, but there's lots of old stuff (adam smith, parliamentary speeches, darwin) that might be relevant to a college student.


Hi, Liz:

Thanks so much for the reading info. I'm going to look into Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic for sure.

My 12 year-old son with Autism is two years behind his age level in reading. Fluency is a big issue. So is language acquisition. Now he's watching movies at home with English subtitles switched on to help him hear the language, keep up a good reading pace and learn how language is used in human relationships. It seems to be helping. But not enough. He has Lindamood Bell in school. He reads music, and his developmental optomitrist says that has pretty much solved his tracking problems. Still, he has no automaticity. Has never voluntarily read a book outside of his homework assignments. I can't afford an educational therapist because Autism therapies, evaluations and Autism school tuition have cleaned me out. I would love to hear ideas to help M. catch up.



The K-NFB86, was stated that it had a Spanish language module. Does that mean you can click on a text written in spanish and it will translate it for you?
My son is taking Spanish and it's very difficult for him to learn through reading. He needs to hear and read it at the same time so i end up reading and studying spanish w/him.

what is the cost of a K-NFB86 nokia phone?
Thank you

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