[Athen] Free Screen Readers

Burke, Dan (DSS) burke at mso.umt.edu
Tue Feb 15 12:53:28 PST 2011

Nice post Chris, and I notice that you're located in my hometown of
Loveland, Colorado! Still have family there.



Dan Burke

Assistant Director/Assistive Technology Coordinator

Disability Services for Students

The University of Montana

Emma B. Lommasson Center 154

Missoula, MT 59812


406.243.5330 FAX


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Chris Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 10:00 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Free Screen Readers

1.) NVDA, Thunder and SaToGo are all free (donationware).
Mac has VoiceOver free
Vinux or Linux has Orca free

2.) Utah State U has this great screenreader review (with another to be
published shortly) describing NVDA, at least, compared with commercial
WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey Results

Having taught several commercial screenreaders, my clients and I find it
refreshing to be able to use the free NVDA, for example, and save $900
plus yearly upgrade costs.

Chris Johnson
Assistive Technology Specialist
920 Harrison Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537
office/fax: (970) 612-0858
cell: (307) 277-0582
chris at expressable.org

On 2/14/11 5:43 PM, Kelly Ford wrote:

The main free screen reader is NVDA. See www.nvda-project.org.

System Access has a free screen reader for temporary use at
www.satogo.com but you should review the usage policy that comes up
after you launch this product as it states that it is only for temporary
use and not meant as a replacement screen reader. The company has other
versions for purchase.

The biggest caution I'd say, and this is true for both pay and free, is
you need to know if the screen reader you select is going to work with
the apps and environment where it needs to be used. Discussion with the
company and trial are to me the best ways to still determine this.


From: Milt Johnson [mailto:milt.johnson at aggiemail.usu.edu]
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 3:53 PM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Free Screen Readers

Does anyone have (1) a list of the free screen readers available and (2)
any experience with the free screen readers that would be willing to
share the benefits and cautions of them?

Milt Johnson

Utah State University

Assistive Technology Learning Center (ATLC)

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