A free screen reader can come in handy in so many instances:
- You need to test a web site or software with screen readers
- You want to understand how blind people use the computer
- Commercial screen readers are too expensive and you need a cost effective alternative
Here I will discuss the most popular free screen reader programs and will show you where to get it from.
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It’s amazing how a software application can change the lives of people who are blind or have visual impairments. But this is exactly what screen readers do. These programs provide blind and visually impaired people a way to use a commodity which sighted people often take for granted – the computer.
Yet as useful and life-changing as they are, screen readers can be very very costly. If you want to purchase one of the screen readers in the market, you should be ready to spend hundreds even thousands of dollars. But there, however, is a free alternative screen reader known as NVDA. Let us take a look at what NVDA is and what makes it unique from other screen readers.