17 January 2019
Myanmar TTS (NHM- Burmese) Software for the visually impaired persons was launched on Thursday with a ceremony in Yangon.
The software helps the visually impaired persons read and type digital text in Myanmar language on a computer. It was created by the Computer experts from home and aboard under the guidelines of Myanmar National Association of the Blind with the help of the Overbook and ICEVI funded by the Nippon Foundation.
In Charge (ICT), Myanmar National Association of the Blind, Pyae Phyo Paing said “This software is only for the Microsoft Window and to be used with the Myanmar 3 Font. The software can read Myanmar Language on the news websites. This software will support visually impaired persons while they type because the software speaks as they type on the computer. Based on the feedbacks from the users, we will upgrade to become perfect software.”
This software is very useful for visually impaired persons as they can read and type as the normal people by using this software, officials said.
Acting President, Myanmar National Association of the Blind, Sai Thaung Kyi said “It took us about 2 years to create this software. Previously, we couldn’t read and type without others’ help. Now using the software, we can read the news and we can type by ourselves. It is very useful for us because it speaks as we type. The software will be very useful for the visually impaired students to improve their access to Myanmar Language literature and information.”
One of the officials from the Department of Social Welfare believes that visually impaired persons will get a chance to participate in E-Government system that is being implemented by the Myanmar Government.
Deputy Director, Department of Social Welfare, Maw Maw Oo said “The visually impaired persons started using JAWS back years - it is the most widely used screen reader on the Windows platform, but it supports English only. Now they get a very useful software that can speak and read Myanmar Language on Computer. I believe that it will be very effective software for visually impaired persons to uplift their carrier, education and access to information.”
It’s learnt that there are over 1.2 million visually impaired persons in Myanmar. The software can be downloaded at the official website of Myanmar National Association of the Blind.