Accessible-Coconut is a community-run Linux distribution that aims to bring a great Linux experience to the blind and visually impaired.
Accessible-Coconut (AC) is a community-run Linux distribution that aims to make technology accessible to the visually impaired. This distribution is packed with all sorts of accessibility tools to assist people with visual impairments.
AC aims to create an eye-free desktop environment that develops itself to meet the needs of the visually impaired user.
Why is a distribution for the visually impaired needed?
Computers have become an integral part of all areas of life. More and more people are connecting to technology; Why should disabled people keep this thought in mind?
Access to computers is not as easy for such a niche population as it is for a sighted user. The former group of people have to deal with complex learning curves due to their physical limitations. However, a distribution like Accessible-Coconut can make many dreams come true for disabled people with the help of accessibility tools.
Accessibility tools are no longer an additional feature as they have become the core of such specialized distributions. Distributions like Accessible-Coconut are excellent operating system choices for visually impaired people who are not very tech-savvy but want machines to do their jobs.
Properties of Accessible Coconut
Accessible-Coconut offers a variety of easy-to-use accessibility functions across the entire platform. As this distribution was specially developed for the blind and visually impaired, all functions are designed to help the minority in every possible way.
For example, the screen reader is Orca, while the speech engine is eSpeak. Users have the option of choosing other forms of speech modules, including IBM ViaVoice and Cepstral.
All accessibility tools are available in the Universal Access section and can be accessed while tasks are running on the system.
Visually impaired people often need special software to read books and documents. In this regard, optical character recognition is proving to be an excellent way of turning normal documents into accessible documents.
The book reading functions in Accessible-Coconut include:
- Read print: The print reading function provides the ability to read printed books with an optical character scanner. This scanner can linguistically translate major languages such as English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic.
- Daisy Player: The Daisy Player plays books in DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) format. This player works primarily as a CD player as it has large tactile controls specially designed for the blind and visually impaired readers.
- Ebook speaker: The ebook speaker reads books in standard formats like EPUB, PDF, text files, etc.
Accessible-Coconut comes with pre-built audio and video players to give the user a great multimedia experience. Standard system utilities such as web browsers, e-mail clients, messengers, PDF viewers and text editors are preinstalled in the operating system.
Software included with Accessible-Coconut
Some software that comes with Accessible-Coconut includes:
- Tux letter: Tux Typing is a bespoke game for learning and practicing typing and Braille layouts.
- Ibus braille: Ibus-Braille is ideal for entering text in six- or eight-button Braille mode.
- transmission: A graphical BitTorrent client for downloading data.
- Screen reader: The screen reader feature reads the content on the screen, eliminating the visual aspect of using an operating system.
- Six key inputs: Normal keyboards are often difficult to use for the visually impaired. This feature helps users with Braille skills to enter any form of text in Perkin's Brailler mode using six keys on the keyboard.
- On-screen keyboard: The on-screen keyboard function adds a virtual keyboard to the screen. This on-screen keyboard can enter text through the user's mouse input. This feature in combination with the screen reader is of great help for people who cannot fully use the keyboard.
- Sharada Braille writer: The Sharada Braille Writer helps the user to write in Braille. The app takes a six-button approach that includes alphabets like f, d, s, j, k, and I. On the numeric front it also offers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for the Braille dots.
There are a number of other popular Linux-oriented software available including VCDImager, Grub Customizer, Startup Disk Creator, Document Viewer, Periodic Table, Blueman, Brasero, GParted, and many more.
Working with a special distribution for the visually impaired
Accessible-Coconut is a great desktop environment for the visually impaired because of its carefully designed features. Easy-to-use features and its open source nature make it popular among the disabled community. Accessible-Coconut is a must for anyone looking for a stable operating system for blind and visually impaired people.
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