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post #11 of 15 Old 03-20-2009
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Rick, as HyLyte mentions, the newer versions of Windows have some great accessibility features in them, and some vendors pack in even more. Start with changing the system defaults to very large fonts, enable the screen magnifier OR THE SCREEN TALKER which will speak the text for him.

Probably don't need anything special there.

I'd also call Garmin and ask them what they know, odds are they've got something in mind for the sight impaired. And, pretty much all of their newer "car" navigation systems speak directions. Some of those can be used with marine charts instead of road maps, that might be the real easy solution.
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Kurzwell makes several programs for those such as you describe, and seem to be always looking for ways to help the visually impaired. A call to them might be productive.
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We have a program callled sail-ability which uses cat rigged dinghy's and a 'joystick' which steers and pulls on or releases the main sheet. Disabled sailers _usually kids sit next to an instructor and sail around the bay / harbour etc.

Also another program' for blind sailors is running at a club level and has trips from day sailiing to circumnavigating australia.

I have met a few sailors (old salts) who are now blind. They still go out (with sighted people) but their input is invaluable. They can tell if off course or sails flapping etc.

The old adage applies (- excuse me Nike) - "just do it"
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Mission accomplished

Thanks all.

I think I have hooked Adam up with the right guy.

Now we wait to see what he gets up to.



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It would be easy to do with Linux, but I don't know about Windows. With Linux you could even have it talk and say the location out loud.

What are you pretending not to know ?

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