Friday, July 3, 2009
James Joseph Dietz
I'm helping research the possibility that NVDA (a free screen reader for windows) could be used as a testing tool to replace the several we use now. For those who don't know, a screen reader is an application used by blinks the world over to access a computer. NVDA is the first quality free screen reader for the Windows operating system. JAWS for Windows (hj.com), the most widely-used screen reader, clocks in at around $1,000. State rehabilitation agencies are usually called upon to provide funding for such ridiculously-priced pieces of technology (screen readers for computer-using, braille note-takers for their convenient blind-optimized interfaces for taking notes and jotting appointments, etc). With free programs like NVDA and Mac's integrated screen-reading solution Voiceover (that's right -- every Mac with OS > 10.4 can be used right-away by a blind person -- libraries and internet cafes mean something) the field is slowly being leveled. Now I prepare to visit the Washington Nationals.