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BlackBerry Screen Reader for Visually Impaired Users

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Here is some good news, and the kind that makes us proud of RIM:

RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for Customers with Visual Impairments

WATERLOO, ONTARIO (Marketwire – May 7, 2012) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) today launched BlackBerry® Screen Reader, a free software application that helps customers who are blind or visually impaired operate their BlackBerry® smartphone. BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on visual information displayed on a BlackBerry smartphone.

“We are excited to introduce BlackBerry Screen Reader as part of our suite of accessibility solutions for BlackBerry smartphones,” said Greg Fields, Senior Product Manager. “BlackBerry Screen Reader helps customers with visual impairments stay connected with the people and information that matter most to them, and is representative of RIM’s continuing commitment to support customers with disabilities.”

Key features of BlackBerry Screen Reader include:

  • support for core applications – users can easily access core BlackBerry applications including email, calendar, phone calls and more;
  • speech settings – users can customize the text-to-speech settings (volume, pitch and speech rate) and preferences for punctuation, verbosity and password security;
  • keyboard shortcuts – users can set speech and audio preferences quickly and easily through (physical) keyboard shortcuts;
  • accessible documentation – User Guide available in accessible HTML through a desktop web browser.

BlackBerry Screen Reader is available now as a free download from for the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones. The application is available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. For information about BlackBerry accessibility solutions for customers with disabilities, visit


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  1. Awesome… Always so kind…. 🙂

  2. When is this software coming out for the Playbook? At least a valid working Text to speech (TTS) app would be nice. I have tried at least twenty and none of them will read aloud more than a couple of sentences or the original text that is in them. It would be nice to have a TTS that you could copy and paste text into that would read a article of a few paras or a book in text format. I have probably spent $20.00 on crap TTS apps and none of them will do this. They sit and look at you and do nothing when you give them more than a sentence or two.

  3. I am looking for a tts that I can copy and paste whole text webpages into and have it ready them aloud and not sound like Stephen Hawkins. Also, it has to be able to read multiple pages oftext.

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