[Athen] RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for Customers with Visual Impairments

Sam Joehl sam.joehl at ssbbartgroup.com
Mon May 7 07:26:43 PDT 2012

Just when you thought Blackberry accessibility was dead…

Waterloo – - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today
launched BlackBerry® Screen Reader, a free software application that helps
customers who are blind or visually impaired operate their BlackBerry®
smartphone. BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on
visual information displayed on a BlackBerry smartphone.

“We are excited to introduce BlackBerry Screen Reader as part of our suite
of accessibility solutions for BlackBerry smartphones,” said Greg Fields,
Senior Product Manager. “BlackBerry Screen Reader helps customers with
visual impairments stay connected with the people and information that
matter most to them, and is representative of RIM’s continuing commitment
to support customers with disabilities.”

Key features of BlackBerry Screen Reader include:

• Support for core applications – Users can easily access core
BlackBerry applications including email, calendar, phone calls and more.

• Speech settings – users can customize the text-to-speech
settings (volume, pitch and speech rate) and preferences for punctuation,
verbosity and password security.

• Keyboard shortcuts – Users can set speech and audio
preferences quickly and easily through (physical) keyboard shortcuts

• Accessible documentation – User Guide available in
accessible HTML through a desktop web browser.

BlackBerry Screen Reader is available now as a free download from
www.blackberry.com/screenreader for the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350, 9360 and
9370 smartphones. The application is available in English, French, Italian,
German and Spanish.

For information about BlackBerry accessibility solutions for customers with
disabilities, visit www.blackberry.com/accessibility.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation,
revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry®
solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by
millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and
content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in
Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia
Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market
(NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more
information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

Media Contact:

Krista Seggewiss

Research In Motion

kseggewiss at rim.com


Investor Contact:

RIM Investor Relations

investor_relations at rim.com



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