Digital voice helps blind people surf the web in Welsh
This was a headline from the Welsh Assembly Government last month announcing new software from RNIB Cymru which allows blind and partially-sighted people to access information online.
As well as surfing Welsh language websites, the Synthetic Voice will also enable people to download and read Welsh language books and to write and receive texts in Welsh.
The software is free for individuals and public bodies to download and its development was supported by a £80,000 grant from the Welsh Assembly Goverment.
Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, said:
“This software is an important and exciting development especially for Welsh-medium education.
“For the first time, blind and partially sighted children will have access to on-line material which until now has only been available to sighted pupils.
“Our investment will enable companies that produce digital educational resources to include the Synthetic Voice free of charge.”
Source: Welsh Assembly Government