What is a screen reader?

A screen reader reads out what is on a computer screen, so if your sight has got worse and you no longer find that screen magnification software is 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. For more information see our free screen readers page which has details on a range of free software. You may also find our Screen Reading factsheet useful: 

If you are able to read braille, you could use 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. More information about braille displays can be found on our accessibility hardware pages.

For more information and advice on screen readers please contact our Helpline:

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