What is a screen reader?

A screen reader reads out what is on your computer screen, so if you find that screen magnification software is no longer suitable for your needs, you may want to try screen reading software.

There are a number of different screen readers available, including NVDA which is free. Your computer’s operating system is also likely to come with a screen reader built-in.

Further information can be found on our free screen readers web page and in our Screen Reading factsheet: 

If you are able to read braille, you could also consider using a braille display. Braille displays are made up of a number of refreshable cells which allow you to read what is displayed onscreen in braille.

Further information on braille displays can be found on our accessibility hardware web pages.

You can also contact our Helpline:

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