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A screen reader is a software programme for reading text on a computer screen. There are different types of screen readers

  • Open source screen readers
  • Commercial screen readers
  • Screen readers connected to an operating system
  • Open source

Open Source Readers

NVDA (Non Visual Digital Access) is an open source screen reader for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. It offers free access for everyone. The package offers full Braille support and it is an excellent and extensive package for traditional screen readers.


Commercial screen readers

There are a number of commercial screen readers on the market. The most well-known ones are:

  • Supernova
  • Jaws
  • Windows eyes
  • Screen readers connected to an operating system

You can turn to Visio for training on how to use screen readers. We can also give professional advice with regard to your choice of screen reader. For information about training, go to the list of regional training centres.

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