Working for People with Sight Loss

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 16 – The rise in popularity of the NVDA Screen Reader and developments in accessible astronomy

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Episode 16

This week we explore the rise in popularity of the free, open source, screen reader NVDA from NV Access. From its beginnings in 2006, NVDA is now used in over 120 countries and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Telling us all about the original inspiration behind NVDA and latest updates we are delighted to welcome back to the show Quentin Christianson, Training and Support Manager with NV Access.

Next, our conversation goes ‘out of this world’ as we find out about recent developments in accessible astronomy for people with sight loss. Researchers Christopher Harrison from Newcastle University in the UK and Jake Noel Storr from Groningen University in the Netherlands join us on the show to tell us about the pioneering work they are doing in this field.

The much awaited Amazon Echo Dot 5th gen is finally here, and it has a good number of tricks under its sleeve. Who is this smart speaker for and should we be rushing over to the Amazon website to buy one? David and Joe share their thoughts.

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