What is FreedomBox System Access?

System Access is a program developed by Serotek Corporation that makes any Windows XP system accessible to the user audibly, i.e. via text-to-speech. System Access is provided free of charge for the home system of any person with a FreedomBox Network account. It is provided as a mobile tool, loaded on the FreedomBox PassKey or Key to Freedom, for a reasonable charge. When loaded on removable media, such as PassKey or Key to Freedom, System Access can be run on any computer running Windows XP or 2000 and immediately that computer is made accessible. Remove the media and the computer returns to its former state, unchanged.

System Access performs many of the functions of a screen reader, yet it works in an entirely different fashion. This gives System Access some limitations; but it also frees it from many burdensome requirements. Those familiar with accessibility technology consider System Access as an intermediate access tool, rather than an advanced access tool. As you might expect, intermediate access is more than sufficient for many users.

System Access uses DECtalk as its speech synthesizer. It also supports SAPI 4 and 5; this is good for international users using whatever SAPI voices are installed on the local system.

cialis online generic System Access taps directly into Microsoft's standard Windows controls via Microsoft Active Accessibility. Thus it provides immediate and direct access to Windows utilities and programs such as Notepad, WordPad, Media Player 10, Windows Explorer, and all of the integrated tools that provide technicians direct access to Windows for diagnosing problems and/or setting hardware and software features, functions and preferences. A technician could plug in System Access via a PassKey and have immediate keyboard access to all of the internal workings necessary to diagnose, repair, and/or tune the system. This opens a whole new job category to people with computer skills who are visually impaired.

System Access provides extensive access to a wide variety of Windows applications including Outlook, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Word. It provides the ability to review documents in Excel and PowerPoint. For many users this level of access is sufficient to accomplish all they might want to accomplish. System Access uses standard Windows features and functions, including "hot keys." Thus unlike most screen readers, there are no special System Access procedures that are contrary to Windows procedures. The user need only learn standard Windows methods of keyboard navigation and just a few System Access commands.

System Access works either online or offline; however when connected to the Internet, it draws the user's preferences for speech rate, pitch, punctuation, and keyboard echo directly from the user's FreedomBox profile settings. In conjunction with FreedomBox Version 2.0, System Access gives a PassKey or Key to Freedom user full Internet and local system access, wherever he or she may be, using any available Windows XP computer.

Who Can Use System Access?


Newly blind and/or seniors can be taught to use System Access quickly and easily, giving them immediate access to the benefits computer and Internet use can provide. System Access uses Windows tools as is; there are no new methods that must be learned and no scripts to write. The cost is minimal. Users can be up and functional in no time. Trainers who have tested System Access are raving about it. This is the first-step tool they've been looking for.

Educational Institutions

From grammar school to colleges and universities, accessibility has been problematic. Educators are faced with dwindling budgets and growing demand for accessible systems. System Access loaded on PassKeys can turn every computer in the institution into an accessible computer. Every student who needs one can be issued a PassKey. For the first time it is really possible to achieve an education system where "no child is left behind."


Companies have struggled to comply with ADA. Many jobs are simply not available to the visually impaired because companies lack the resources to provide expensive accessible hardware and software. A System Access enabled PassKey makes every computer on the network accessible. Direct access to the inner workings opens computer and network technician jobs to the visually impaired. With System Access companies don't have to pay a penalty to employ the visually impaired.

Public Access Facilities

Libraries, government centers, information kiosks, hotels and Internet cafes become fully accessible without a special investment. System Access either preloaded on the system or loadable via a PassKey or Key to Freedom means no special hardware, software, or training is required.

International Organizations

System Access has the ability to become immediately conversant in any language, provided that the included message file has been translated and a SAPI 4 or 5 voice that speaks that language is installed on the local system. The FreedomBox Network maintains a library of message file translations, giving users the potential to access from anywhere in the world in the language of their choice.


Full access on the go is the biggest benefit of System Access, loaded on a PassKey or Key to Freedom. Blind people are more mobile than ever, and with System Access they can have access to essential information wherever they find a computer. Every FreedomBox Network user has System Access available on his or her home system at no charge; this is a first in the adaptive technology field. PassKey and Key to Freedom are available for comparatively small fees giving each individual full mobile access.


Sometimes the burden of learning new technology is just too much. System Access has little to no learning curve. Sit down and start and you are fully functional in moments. System Access lets you do so many of the tasks you want to do -- write letters, read your e-mail, listen to favorite programming, surf the Internet, and more. Now all that is available for simply opening a FreedomBox Network account. Buy a PassKey and take it with you for a very reasonable additional charge.

For more information please contact FreedomBox Sales at (866) 202-0520 or sign up for a free trial.