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Free Screen Reader Information

Are you in need of a free screen reader to assist you in navigating the information on our website? 

For Mac: 

  1. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Accessibility. Then select and turn on the features you want to use.

For Windows 7 and higher:

Download NVDA, a free, open source screen reader at

NVDA allows blind and vision impaired people to access and interact with the Windows operating system and many third party applications.

Major highlights include:

  • Support for popular applications including web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, email clients, internet chat software, music players, and office programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Built-in speech synthesizer supporting over 50 languages, plus support for many other 3rd party voices

  • Reporting of textual formatting where available such as font name and size, style and spelling errors

  • Automatic announcement of text under the mouse and optional audible indication of the mouse position

  • Support for many refreshable braille displays, including input of Braille via braille displays that have a braille keyboard

  • Ability to run entirely from a USB flash drive or other portable media without the need for installation

  • Easy to use talking installer

  • Translated into more than 50 languages

  • Support for modern Windows Operating Systems including both 32 and 64 bit variants

  • Ability to run on Windows logon and other secure screens

  • Announcing controls and text while interacting with gestures on touch screens

  • Enthusiastic and helpful user community

Click the NVDA Keyboard Commands Quick Guide button below for a quick access guide of keyboard commands.

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