9.6 NVDA: Improving Education Opportunities for the Blind

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SpeakerName: Mr. Michael Curran, Founder, NV Access, Australia

Description: This presentation elucidated how NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)—the free, open source screen reading software developed by NV Access—solves the aforementioned problems. It outlined the features of NVDA; how it is being used throughout the world; and how NV Access is continuing to expand the horizons of access even further. The ways in which technology can significantly change the lives of blind people was also discussed, not only as regards education, but also going beyond education, addressing employment and independence.