What is NVDA?
NVDA software enables blind and vision impaired people to use a computer by communicating what is on the screen using a synthetic voice or braille.
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is the only screen reader for Microsoft Windows that is totally free, yet fully functional and portable. You can download it to your PC, or to portable media such as a USB stick which you can use with any computer at school, work – anywhere!
It was created by NV Access founders Michael Curran and James Teh – blind computer programmers who believe passionately in universal access to computers. NVDA has been downloaded more than 60,000 times and is available in over 43 languages.
NVDA is open source software. If you would like to contribute to the project, visit our community site.
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Praise for NVDA
When I came to know about an open source screen reader NVDA, my joy knew no bounds. I installed it in my father’s laptop and began my journey in the heaven of computers and internet. I knew nothing about computers before a year or so, but today my family members and friends often come to me to solve their computer queries. NVDA is my best teacher not only in the field of computer, but also literature and many more things. NVDA has been a complete destroyer of my problems; those of studies, gaining knowledge, entertainment and all essential tasks to be performed with the help of a computer. NVDA has made me what I longed to be.
– Dhiraj Konge, IndiaMore Testimonials