NVDA remote access crowdfunding campaign launches

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:04pm

Third party supporters of NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access), the free screen reading software, have launched a campaign seeking financial support to help adapt the software and allow vision impaired computer users to remotely access another computer.

Circumaural headphones resting on a flat surface

According to the campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, adapting NVDA will potentially increase employment opportunities for vision impaired computer users by allowing them to remotely carry out job tasks previously inaccessible to them.

The campaign argues that, while remote access features are available in commercial screen reading software, the cost of these products put the remote access features beyond the reach of many people.

Providing funding to adapt the free NVDA screen reader is, therefore, a much more cost-effective and affordable approach, the campaign argues, and can better open up job opportunities in areas such as remote technical support, education and health.

“NVDA Remote Access will give blind users the freedom to enjoy a number of career and educational options,” the campaign states. “Blind Technical Support Professionals and amateurs alike can use NVDA Remote access to connect to their clients computers remotely in real time and walk them through multi-step procedures or teach them new applications, techniques and workflows."

“Educators can hear what their students are doing on their computers and vice versa, providing a perfect environment for hands-on training from afar. Whether in an office down the hall or a datacenter on the other side of the globe, NVDA Remote access will provide powerful, minimal latency access to the Windows desktop via speech.”

The campaign is seeking a total of $US10,000 to adapt NVDA.

You can read more about the NVDA screen reader on Media Access Australia’s site.

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