Nationwide accessibility at public terminals

It would be great to see public terminals around NZ accessible through the use of a screen reader! Currently, the APNK (Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa) also known as the NZ library network, have installed the NVDA screen reader on their public computers nation wide. Before the installation there was no real access for the blind/visually impaired to those computers. Since then, they have been accessible and I can go up to any public library computer and use it just like a sighted person. This however, is not just a win for the blind/VIP community but also for those who need audio assistance (such as those with dyslexia, ESOL students and those who process information better using audio). I would like to see this same access at information centres nationwide, and other public terminals also made accessible to the print handicapped! At present a sighted person can use any of those public terminals, but a blind person can't without adaptive technology. Although there is a basic Narrator screen reader built into Windows, it is not sufficient if used with third party applications and non compatible programmes.. NVDA has been in use for over 10 years on the library network public computers, and I see this as a viable, cost effective solution!

Why the contribution is important

This enhances accessibility for those who need for those who need some kind of adaptive technology, as well as being a cost effective solution for the government. It promotes independance (both in the workplace and in education), without the big price tag of a commercial screen reader. 

by Gene on November 18, 2018 at 11:25PM

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