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Top 5 Accessible OCR Options

Updated as of April 20, 2024.

What is OCR?

OCR stands for optical character recognition. OCR is a process by which a computer analyzes pictures and converts pictures of text (letters, numbers, etc.) into readable and editable text.Top 5 OCR options

Convenient OCR

  • Built into JAWS screen reading software
  • Can convert pictures of text into accessible information
  • Works with on-screen images, including websites, screen shares, inaccessible PDFs, images in documents and slideshows, etc.


  • Free
  • Upload file, choose preferred output, submit and include email, and results will be emailed to you
  • Can submit via SmartPhone or computer

Seeing AI

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Juno Magnifier (from APH)

  • $1,392 – eligible for purchase using Federal Quota
  • OCR feature provides voice output only; headphone jack available
  • Negative: information is only available visually and auditorily – cannot read the converted information in braille
  • Can export directly to a Microsoft Word file

Honorable mention: Be My AI

  • Beta version is out now
  • Not immediately available, but can get on the waitlist

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