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Screen Readers

Screen readers are also used by deafblind people who still have some hearing and screen readers are used to connect to a Braille display for people who have no hearing.  Some people also use screen magnification with their screen reader.



Software for Free

NVDA for Windows

NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access)

This screen reader is also free. This program is written in Australia.

Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation.

NVDA is developed by NV Access, with contributions from the community. To the present NVDA has had limited Braille support. However the latest (unreleased) version of the software provides wider support from Braille devices including Baum.

For more information - Non-Visual Desktop Access.


Thunder for Windows

Thunder is an award-winning free screen reader talking software for people with little or no sight. It works well with Windows 7, Vista or XP. Thunder is available all over the world in 8 languages and is absolutely free. Thunder screen reader is from Britain. There is no mention of Braille support on their website.

For more information - WebbIE.


Software to Buy

JAWS for Windows

JAWS Screen-Reading Software (Home Edition)

JAWS Screeen-Reading Software (Professional)

JAWS is screen reader software that, once installed, can be used with a Braille display to read, or can voice for you to hear. Jaws is perhaps the most popular screen reader used in Australia. There is plenty of support available for Jaws users through Vision Australia.

For more information - Quantum Reading Learning Vision.


Window-Eyes for Windows

Window-Eyes is the most popular screen reader software among Deafblind people overseas. The software, once installed, allows you to connect your computer to a Braille display and convert on screen text to Braille for reading.

Window-Eyes provides synthetic speech as a screen reader. Window-Eyes is sold in Australia by Humanware and other organisations. Window-Eyes is expensive but can be purchased by people who are unable to obtain funding as a LTO (Lease to Own) package over 12 months.

Window-Eyes is frequently updated. Many of the updates are free. The only updates for which there is a charge are major upgrades i.e. from Window-Eyes 6 to version 7.

Recently Window-Eyes has been upgraded from version 7.2 to 7.5 as many changes have been made in the WE (Window-eyes) control panel. This upgrade will cost approximately $150 Australian dollars.

For more information - HumanWare.


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Suppliers for Screen Readers:


Quantum Reading Learning Vision

Vision Australia


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