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Leading assistive technology specialists Dolphin Computer Access celebrate their 30th anniversary this month by launching a FREE accessible reading app for blind, low vision and dyslexic readers across the globe. The EasyReader app for iPhone and iPad users is immediately available to download from the iTunes app store and empowers millions of blind, partially sighted and dyslexic readers to browse and read accessible talking books and newspapers.

EasyReader has been specifically designed for readers with a vision or print impairment and, unlike other mainstream reading apps, has no restrictions to accessibility. Low vision readers can make their book’s text as large as their sight requires; adjusting colours, highlights and contrast to suit. Blind readers can ‘add speech’ to books and newspapers which have no inbuilt narration or choose from 100,000s of audio books available immediately. Readers with dyslexia can read with dyslexia friendly fonts and colours with perfectly synchronised text and audio. 

The launch of the EasyReader app brings together the world’s largest collection of accessible books and newspaper services. Unique in offering direct and effortless access to 21 digital libraries serving print impaired people across 70 countries, EasyReader includes access to popular accessible library services including Bookshare®, NFB-NEWSLINE®, RNIB Bookshare, Legimus, NLB and Vision Australia.

“As a thank you to our customers and partners worldwide from the last 30 years, we’re delighted to release EasyReader – bringing our free accessible reading app to a global audience,” said Noel Duffy, Managing Director at Dolphin Computer Access.

“We’re passionate about people’s right to read and are committed to improving access to books and newspapers for people who are unable to use other channels. Technology has changed immensely since we first started and this is a 30 year milestone that we can all be proud of. We remain at the forefront of accessibility development and will continue to do so.”Dolphin, innovating for 30 years

EasyReader for iOS is the latest in Dolphin’s 30 years of innovating accessibility solutions for people with vision impairments. Early Dolphin innovations included Hal for DOS and the Apollo synthesiser – a software screen reader that ‘spoke’ through a hardware synthesiser. Available in more than 30 languages, this popular combination quickly became established as the industry leader across the globe.

1998 saw the launch of SuperNova, the first fully integrated magnifier and screen reader delivering accessibility for every visual impairment – developed at Dolphin’s HQ in Worcester, UK.  SuperNova USB followed in 2005 and heralded the first assistive technology portable on a USB thumb drive. Publisher, developed in Dolphin’s Swedish development offices, remains the blindness industry’s preferred DAISY book creation tool and is the technology used behind the millions of accessible talking books available from blindness charities across the globe.

EasyReader for iOS is immediately available to download from the iTunes app store in English, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish with other languages due to follow shortly.  For blind app users EasyReader is fully compatible with iOS Voiceover and iOS supported braille displays.  EasyReader for Android is set for release late Summer 2017. For accessible book libraries looking to tailor and deliver their own iOS, Android and Windows reading apps, EasyReader is also available as an app platform. Learn more about Dolphin’s Powered by EasyReader program.

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