You are correct, it is a real shame. Although Easyreader doesn't speak it does magnify the entire screen (browser) but I think it is totally IE dependant which limits its usefulness. I use Firefox and am going to see if there is anything out there that is universal in this area.
My Mom has a 19" monitor and I know it's hard to visualize, but she still has trouble seeing this. If someone with sight were to take and wrap sellofane around their hear over their eyes at least twice perhaps more, they would begin to see what this has done to a person who once had 20/20 vision.
I lost my sight in my right eye as a result of an explosion at work from a tire, but that was one eye, not both (thankfully). Whatever I can do to help not only my Mom, but perhaps another's Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, etc... to function in a world where it doesn't matter the color of your skin, or the disability you have, but rather by what you express in writing on the internet.
That is what makes the internet so great, you are judged only by your words, nothing more. If I had not said anything about my eyesight, no one would have ever known. To make a difference in others lives like this is just one area that I push hard for and even if I am selling an application, I always have an option for free, perhaps I can not prove it as fact, but I like to think that there are still some out there that tell the truth, and I have found that it is usually about 1 out of every 8.
I'll keep searching and posting, perhaps it will inspire others as well.