The free NVDA screen reader

NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) is a free screen reading tool that reads aloud the information on a computer screen so that people who are blind can access it. And although there are several excellent screen readers on the market today, NVDA is rare in that it doesn’t cost the user a cent. In this video series, you’ll learn more about NVDA, including where to download it and how it works.

NVDA – Introduction to NVDA

In this video, accessible technology expert Jason Fayre introduces the NVDA screen reader, and gives step-by-step instructions on downloading and installing it.


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NVDA – Voice options

NVDA is downloaded with a standard free voice as the audio for the screen reader. Most computers have additional free voice(s) available, and Jason demonstrates where to find them. As an alternative, there are many additional voices that can be purchased with both male and female voice options, as well as other languages.


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NVDA – Using a computer with NVDA

Although not a full tutorial on using a computer, this video provides the user with the basics of using a computer with NVDA, including how to control NVDA to read information on the screen.


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NVDA – Using the free Open Office software with NVDA

Not everyone has the funds needed to purchase screen readers and software. Luckily, Open Office gives users a free accessible software alternative to Microsoft Office. Jason demonstrates how to locate and download Open Office.


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NVDA – Keeping in touch with email

One of the most common tasks people want to do on a computer is stay in touch with friends and family via email. In this video, Jason shows where to find ThunderBird, a free and accessible email program. He also demonstrates the basic functions of creating, sending and receiving emails using NVDA.


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NVDA – Finding information on the Internet

In this last video of the series, Jason demonstrates how to search for information on the Internet, and then how to read the information found using NVDA.


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