Screen Reader

How Screen Readers Work

What is a screen reader? A screen reader is a software program that enables a blind or visually impaired user to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. These programs were developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and braille output for the most popular computer applications on a PC.

  • Read documents. emails, websites and apps
  • Easily navigate with your mouse
  • Scan and read all of your documents, including PDF
  • Fill out webforms with ease
  • Easy to use with Daisy formatted basic training
  • Save time with Skim Reading and Text Analyzer
  • Surf the net with web browsing keystrokes

While screen readers can be of great service to someone with blindness or low vision, they can be quite difficult to use if the digital content has not been properly formatted. A web page or document with designated headers, images that include alt text, meaningfully worded hyperlinks, and scanned material that has been digitized, allow the user to effectively navigate and identify the most useful content.


Screen Reader Demonstration


LEDS is located in Lucy Scribner Library 222


Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm