News Archive

  1. Announcing NVDA 2015.4 Release

    Version 2015.4 of the free NVDA screen Reader from NV Access is now available for download. Highlights of this release include performance improvements in Windows 10; inclusion in the Ease of Access Center in Windows 8 and later; enhancements for Microsoft Excel, including listing and renaming of sheets and access to locked cells in protected sheets; and support for editing of rich text in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Mozilla Thunderbird.

    This award-winning software has been changing the lives of thousands of blind and vision impaired people who can now independently use computers to produce written content, read news, socialise, shop and bank online, and, most importantly, actively participate in education and employment. All of this would otherwise have been impossible due to the high cost of existing commercial software.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy of NVDA, please visit our Download page.

  2. NVDA 2015.3 Released

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2015.3 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released. Highlights of this release include initial support for Windows 10; the ability to disable single letter navigation in browse mode (useful for some web apps); improvements in Internet Explorer; and fixes for garbled text when typing in certain applications with braille enabled.

    Note that we do not recommend Windows 10 for most users at this time. If you are considering upgrading to or purchasing a computer with Windows 10, Please carefully read our information about NVDA and Windows 10 first.

    NVDA is used by 10s of thousands of blind and vision impaired people spanning more than 120 countries, enabling them to socialise, get an education and participate in the workforce regardless of their location, language or economic situation. However, NV Access needs your help to continue this important work. Please consider making a donation when downloading.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2015.3.

  3. NVDA 2015.2 Now Available

    NV Access is happy to announce the availability of NVDA 2015.2, the latest release of its award winning screen reading software.

    Highlights of this release include the ability to read charts in Microsoft Excel and support for reading and interactive navigation of mathematical content.

    With this release, NV Access continues to ensure that blind and vision impaired people, regardless of their location, language or economic situation, can gain access to computers, thus widening the possibilities for education, employment and socialisation.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy, please visit our Download page.
    to find out what’s changed in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2015.2

  4. NV Access Releases 2015.1 of Free NVDA Screen Reader

    Version 2015.1 of the free NVDA screen Reader from NV Access is now available for download. Highlights of this release include browse mode for documents in Microsoft Word and Outlook; major enhancements to support for Skype for Desktop; and significant fixes for Microsoft Internet Explorer.

    This award-winning software has been changing the lives of thousands of blind and vision impaired people who can now independently use computers to produce written content, read news, socialise, shop and bank online, and, most importantly, actively participate in education and employment. All of this would otherwise have been impossible due to the high cost of existing commercial software.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy of NVDA, please visit our Download page.

  5. Second level NVDA support available for implementors and support partners

    Due to high demand we are pleased to announce that second level technical NVDA and general Assistive Technology support can now be purchased at an affordable cost. This support is aimed at technical implementers, trainers, and Assistive Technology consultants who require help with NVDA or other Assistive Technology issues. Please contact us for details.

  6. Announcing NVDA 2014.4 Release

    NV Access is happy to announce the availability of NVDA 2014.4, the latest release of its award winning screen reading software.

    With this release, NV Access continues to ensure that blind and vision impaired people, regardless of their location, language or economic situation, can gain access to computers, thus widening the possibilities for education, employment and socialisation.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy, please visit our Download page.
    to find out what’s changed in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2014.4

  7. User level Support for NVDA Available from eyRead World-Wide

    NV Access is pleased to announce its relationship with eyRead, a global online training and support service for NVDA. eyRead offers remote training and support to users world-wide at very affordable rates.

    Working remotely via Skype and Teamviewer, eyRead support staff can assist you with the download, installation and configuration of NVDA, as well as helping you to solve usage issues to ensure you get the most out of NVDA and other related products.

    eyRead is run entirely by persons with disabilities. It’s great that a technician in a wheelchair from his home in Vietnam or the Philippines, can remotely train and support the blind anywhere in the world to use NVDA.

    Please try out eyRead today at www.ey-read.com.

  8. NVDA 2014.3 now Available

    NV Access is happy to announce the availability of NVDA 2014.3, the latest release of its award winning screen reading software. Among many other enhancements and bug fixes, this release includes significant improvements to NVDA’s support for Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.

    With this release, NV Access continues to ensure that blind and vision impaired people, regardless of their location, language or economic situation, can gain access to computers, thus widening the possibilities for education, employment and socialisation.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy of NVDA, please visit our Download page.

  9. A more certain future for free screen reader NVDA

    The free screen reader NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), which provides blind people around the world with access to computers, looks like it will be around for a long time thanks to a recent grant from the Nippon Foundation.

    NVDA reads what is on a computer screen in a computerised voice to a blind or vision impaired person. It provides many blind and vision impaired people with access to education and employment when they might otherwise miss out.

    There are other screen readers available for purchase, but their price tags put them out of reach for many blind people. NV Access, the Australian-based not-for-profit organisation which develops NVDA, is committed to providing a free alternative. So far the organisation has been funded by a series of corporate grants and individual donations, but there have been times when co-founders Michael Curran and James Teh feared that they might not be able to continue their work.

    However, the appointment of a new General Manager, Gary Baxter, funded by the recent Nippon Foundation grant, means that there is now a person in the organisation whose role is 100 per cent dedicated to ensuring its sustainability and growth.

    Mr Baxter joins NV Access after 15 years’ business experience in the technology industry. He will draw on his operational management skills to assist NV Access to develop more sustainable funding streams, better training and support resources, and long-term partnerships.

    NVDA has so far been downloaded by more than 70,000 people in over 43 languages. Mr Baxter’s skills will help grow the organisation even further, and in ways that have to date not been possible due to its resources being so thinly stretched.

    “We look forward to bringing NVDA to hundreds of thousands more people across the world,” said NV Access director James Teh.

    The Japan-based Nippon Foundation supports many social innovation projects, including those which enhance the lives of disabled people in the developing world. NVDA is valued by people in over 120 countries, but it has a particularly profound effect on the lives of people in developing countries. Without NVDA, blind people in many developing countries would never have been able to use a computer – and to experience the life-changing independence computers can provide.

    NV Access shares in the Nippon Foundation’s goal of allowing all human beings to participate in making their own unique difference in the world.

    The following is a message from The Nippon Foundation:

    The Nippon Foundation is delighted to hear of the appointment of Mr. Gary Baxter as new General Manager for NV Access. We have supported a variety of programmes to support people with disabilities up until now; however, NVDA is one of the most unique and we very much hope it will be a far-reaching programme. For the many blind people in developed countries, purchasing an expensive screen reader is not possible and so the free NVDA will be very welcome news to them. It is also wonderful that this software was developed by two young blind persons and has been localized through open source and the help of volunteers in many different countries into 43 languages.

    One blind person whom I met in Vietnam said that after losing his sight in university, there had been two times when he had felt extremely happy. The first time was when he learnt about Braille and the second was when he learnt about computers. His feeling at those times was exactly the same. This is an example of just how significant access to computers is for blind people.

    The Nippon Foundation sincerely hopes that NVDA and NV Access continue to evolve so that all blind people may have computer access without being burdened by extra costs. We are very grateful that we could meet Michael Curran and James Teh, and appreciate the kind advice given by Monthian Buntan, Dang Hoai Phuc, Rahim Dahman, Thomas Ng, and particularly Larry Campbell.

    Eriko Takahashi, Chief Manager
    International Program Department
    The Nippon Foundation

  10. NVDA 2014.2 Released

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2014.2 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released.

    NVDA is used by 10s of thousands of blind and vision impaired people spanning more than 120 countries, enabling them to socialise, get an education and participate in the workforce regardless of their location, language or economic situation. However, NV Access needs your help to continue this important work. Please consider making a donation when downloading.

    To download NVDA 2014.2, please visit our Download page.