Tech Tip Monday: NVDA

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  1. I’d like to thank you for this demo. I am a blind assistive technology trainer as well as a user of NVDA. I’m trying to get the word out about this program and I was thrilled to see this demo on your blog.

  2. I have been using NVDA for nearly a year, tutoring a blind lady on how to access her computer. She is now pretty confident in using email to communicate with family and friends, and is now working on web-surfing.

    Some observations: JAWS and WindowEyes, the main competitors in this space, are both $1200, with no discounting available to anyone. While these programs are arguably better than NVDA, the $1200 price tag is a huge barrier to folks who, as a group, are typically chronically underemployed and resource limited. And they certainly are not *that* much better. When I first started with NVDA, I thought it was more than adequate for the purpose of allowing an unemployed blind person access the web — and the latest release has gotten noticeably better. NVDA appears to be improving at a much faster clip than either of its expensive competitors, and about half of the folks using both NVDA (e.g., at work) and NVDA (e.g., at home) have come to prefer NVDA.

    I would like to invite you to read the blog entry on my project with the blind lady at (the website/blog of the Plano Early Lions Club).

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