NV Access awarded Mozilla grant to improve NVDA

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 15:36pm

Mozilla has awarded NV Access an $80,000 grant to improve its free and open source screen reader for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA).

NVDA is the most advanced free screen reader for Windows, with the number of people using NVDA as their primary screen reader increasing by nearly 300% to 8.6% over a 14 month period, according to WebAIM’s screen reader survey. In addition, 60.4% of respondents indicated that free or low-cost screen readers such as NVDA are viable alternatives to commercial screen readers like JAWS.

“NV Access has had a very close relationship with Mozilla in the past, and looks forward to working closely with Mozilla again this year to help maintain and improve the accessibility of Mozilla products, and the stability and usability of the NVDA screen reader,” said Michael Curran, President of NV Access and lead developer for NVDA.

NV Access has worked with Mozilla to improve the accessibility of Firefox and both organisations have made contributions to web technologies such as WAI-ARIA, which makes the web more accessible for people who are blind or vision impaired.

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