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Aussies amongst the winners of the 2012 Access Awards

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NV Access, the Australian organisation behind the screen reader NVDA, is among a list of winners of the 2012 Access Awards. Presented by the American Foundation for the Blind, the awards are given to people and organisations in recognition of their work in improving quality of life for people who are blind or vision impaired. Joining NV Access on the list of winners is Major League Baseball, Leader Dogs for the Blind and adapted physical education researcher Lauren Lieberman.

The non-profit Australian organisation NV Access has been recognised for their work on the free-to-download, open source screen reader, NVDA. The NVDA screen reader for the Windows operating system is a piece of software that translates text and other elements to synthetic speech, so that people who are blind or vision impaired or who have cognitive disabilities, can access information on the web as well as programs on their computer.

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A screen reader for everyone: why the world needs NVDA

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In 2006, two Australian friends were frustrated with the expensive screen readers on the market. They decided to do something about it and created the first open source, free screen reader, NVDA. Funded by donations, the NV Access organisation is a labour of love for founders Mick Curran and Jamie Teh, who devote their time to ensuring that NVDA is the best it can be.

NVDA, or Non Visual Desktop Access, allows blind users to access the web and applications within Microsoft Windows by translating text and other elements into synthetic speech. Screen readers have been around for decades and are regarded as the go-to assistive technology for blind users.

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Transcript: A free and easy screen reader

5 February 2011

Roberta:  We’re here with Dr Scott Hollier from Media Access Australia to tell us about a piece of free technology that allows anyone who is blind to use computers through audio and it’s called NVDA. Welcome Scott.

Scott:  Thanks for, thanks for having me back.

Roberta:  We’ve talked about this before but could you just give us a brief overview as to what NVDA is and what it does?

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Phone support now offered for NVDA users

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NV Access, the organisation behind the NVDA screen reader, has announced it will provide phone support for its services. The NVDA screen reader is free, open source screen reader software for Windows computers. The software can be downloaded to a USB and used on multiple computers.

The NV Access phone-based support will provide training on how to use the screen reader, including its advanced features. This support for the NVDA screen reader will further increase access to the internet for people who are blind or vision impaired and require assistive technology to use the internet.

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