What is NVDA?
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 computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.
NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.
NVDA provides the key to education and employment for many blind people. It also provides access to social networking, online shopping, banking and news.
Normally screen readers are expensive, making them unaffordable for many blind people. NVDA is free. It’s been downloaded 70,000+ times, in 43 languages.
NVDA is open source software. If you would like to contribute to the project, visit our community site.
If you are a blind student, blindness organisation, school or university, you may be eligible for a discounted Optelec braille display. Learn more.
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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