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Rogers Wireless Adapts Nokia Handset for Vision Impaired Customers

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Canada's Rogers Wireless has announced the availability of an additional mobile device enabled with Nuance's TALKS software for consumers who are blind or living with vision loss. The Nokia E71 is pre loaded with TALKS, Nuance's assistive technology that converts displayed text into speech.

With TALKS, customers with vision loss are able to take advantage of the many features found on today's popular mobile phones, including contact directories, caller ID, text messaging, access to the Web browser, and other screen content.

"TALKS has long enabled those who are blind or living with vision loss to stay connected to friends, family and colleagues. This latest version of TALKS, now offered by Rogers, eliminates even more of the challenges posed by traditional phones, providing a productive and inspired mobile experience for all of our end users," said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile.

According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), there are more than 836,000 Canadians living with significant vision loss, with that number expected to grow dramatically over the next 10 years due to an aging population.

"Accessible technologies play a critical role in enhancing independence for people who are blind or partially sighted, and enabling them to participate in all the parts of life they choose," said John M. Rafferty, president and CEO of CNIB. "CNIB therefore applauds Rogers' ongoing commitment to making this latest accessible mobile phone available in the Canadian marketplace."

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