NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice. A user can control what is read to him or her by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on the keyboard. NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.
Version 2018.1 of NVDA was released today. Web designers and developers are encouraged to use NVDA themselves to test software or website accessibility. It's a great way to ensure text, links, graphics etc. can be “read” by a blind person, and giving you a sense of how well a user with sight impairments can navigate your site. Remember: people with disabilities want to donate, volunteer, work for and otherwise support nonprofits and other initiatives - just like anyone. Why leave them out?
NVDA provides the key to education and employment for many blind people. It also provides access to social networking, online shopping, banking and news.
NVDA works with Microsoft Windows. You can download it onto your computer or to a USB stick which you can use with any computer.
Many screen readers are expensive, making them unaffordable for many blind people. NVDA is free. It’s been downloaded 70,000+ times, in 43 languages.
You can see a video of people using NVDA.
You can follow NVDA on Twitter: @NVAccess
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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