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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Accessible Crossword Puzzle Games for the Blind

Spoonbill Software's Blind Gamers Crossword Puzzle

BG Crossword Puzzle allows vision impaired and blind players to solve Crossword puzzles downloaded from the Internet. As with all Spoonbill Software's Blind Gamers games, it is self-voicing, no need to use your screen reader. For the benefit of vision-impaired players, the crossword is presented in the normal crossword grid format. In addition, the answer words and the clues are displayed in two lists which can be navigated using the arrow keys on your keyboard. This pair of lists can be maximized to fit your screen allowing the words to be more easily read.

Blind players also use the arrow keys to move up and down the list of words and clues and can use the W key to speak the current word, or the C key to speak the current clue. By default the across words and clues are presented first. You can switch to a display of the down clues by hitting the D key on your keyboard, and back to the across clues by hitting the A key.

There are many helpful features to make solving crosswords a pleasant experience. May we suggest that you follow the Tutorial when first starting up the program?

Send your request for BG Crossword Puzzle to Ian Humphreys, together with your full name and country of residence to: games@spoonbillsoftware.com.au. For example:  My name is Karen Black from Florida, USA, please send BG Crossword Puzzle. Please allow up to four days for delivery.

Click this link to find more games from Spoonbill Software.

Talking Word Puzzles

Talking Word Puzzles

Lets the user create or solve hidden word and crossword puzzles in large print and with high-quality speech feedback. As the player navigates through the puzzle, the program announces the contents of that square. Speech feedback in hidden word puzzles also indicates marked and unmarked letters, valid and invalid words, word lists or clues to words, and motivating phrases. Speech can be turned off. Talking Word Puzzles makes it easy to create your own puzzles. You make up the word list, and the software creates the puzzle for you, entering the words into one of several puzzle formats. Recommended ages: all ages (dictated by the puzzles created).

Requirements to Run

  • 300 MHz Pentium or compatible processor or faster
  • Windows 98, Windows 2000, or later (Including Windows XP)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Sound Card and Speakers
  • At least 64 MB RAM
  • 15 MB free hard disc space
Talking Word Puzzles:

CD-ROM:
Catalog Number: D-03440-00

Electronic Distribution:
Catalog Number: D-03440-ED
Click this link to purchase Talking Word Puzzles.

Download APH Software Demos: www.aph.org/tech.

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