[nfbwatlk] FW: ACCESSIBLE WORLD TEK TALK PRESENTS NVDA, A FREE SCREEN READER, MARCH 28, 2011

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Fri Mar 25 13:23:27 CDT 2011


 

 

ACCESSIBLE WORLD TEK TALK PRESENTS NVDA, A FREE SCREEN READER, MARCH 28,
2011

NEWS WIRE:

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for
the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic
speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access
computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person. Major
features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run
entirely from a USB drive with no installation.

In this presentation, James Teh, co-lead developer of NVDA, will provide an
overview of NVDA and the Australian non-profit organisation who develops it,
NV Access. NVDA's major features will be discussed and demonstrated,
including its support for popular applications, audible progress beeps and
mouse tracking. The philosophy of NV Access will be outlined, encompassing
its mission of lowering the barrier to accessible computing, its commitment
to open source software and open technologies, and the importance of
community. A brief history of NVDA will be given, from its humble beginnings
in 2006 to the success and support it enjoys today. The presentation will
explain how NVDA is being used across the globe and some usage statistics
will be provided. NVDA has received several awards and these will be listed.
Fund-raising activities will be explained, including future funding
possibilities. For the technically curious, NVDA's technical design will be
summarised briefly. Finally, the presentation will conclude with some ideas
for future work on NVDA

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011

Time: 5:00 PM PDT, 6:00 PM MDT, 7:00 PM CDT,  8:00 PM EDT  
          and elsewhere in the world Tuesday 00:00 GMT
 
Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event start time; go to The Pat Price
Tek Talk Training Room at:

http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

Or, alternatively.
 
Select The Pat Price Tek Talk Training Room at: www.accessibleworld.org
Enter your first and last names on the sign-in screen.
 
All Tek Talk training events are recorded so if you are unable to
participate live at the above times then you may download the presentation
or podcast from the Tek Talk archives on our website at
www.accessibleworld.org
 
If you are a first-time user of the Talking Communities online conferencing
software, there is a small, safe software program that you need to download
and then run. A link to the software is available on every entry screen to
the Accessible World online rooms.
 
All online interactive programs are free of charge, and open to anyone
worldwide having an Internet connection, a computer, speakers, and a sound
card. Those with microphones can interact audibly with the presenters and
others in the virtual audience or text chat with the attendees. To speak to
us, hold down the control key and talk; then let up to listen. 
 
Accessible World uses News Wires, like this one, to inform people of the
topic and times for the many Discussion Groups on Accessible World. The
lists are announce only to keep the traffic to a minimum.

You can join the Accessible World Announce List, the Tek Talk Announce List
or the Sports Talk Announce List by completing the form at:
www.accessibleworld.org/mailinglists
 
Accessible World also provides a Tek Talk Discussion List. This list is
intended to give you an opportunity to ask computer related questions,
suggest topics to be used in the weekly Monday training programs, or just to
interact with others interested in using assistive devices to access
computers. You may sign up for this list by selecting the Tek Talk
Discussion link on the same page and completing the form.
 
Accessible World Contacts:
 
Robert Acosta, Chair
Accessible World
818-998-0044
Email: boacosta at pacbell.net
Web: www.helpinghands4theblind.org
 
Marcia Moses, Events Coordinator
Accessible World
734-495-1496
Email: mgmoses at comcast.net
 
Steve Hoffman, President
Talking Communities
Email: steve at talkingcommunities.com
 
The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For The Blind, a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the
disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly
relevant information about new products, services, and training
opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access
barriers that adversely affect them
 
 



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