NVDA Workshop

Handouts Media

Presented at 10:30am in Standley I Lab on Monday, November 13, 2017.



  • Robert Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist, Kansas City KS Comm. Col.

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 3-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


This session will review the free screen reader NVDA. Some of the topics covered will be: basic key commands, creating portable copies, similarities and differences between NVDA and other screen readers, web navigation, NVDA add-ons, etc.


NVDA is a free, open source screen reader. It has advanced to become a powerful and viable option for blind users of the Windows operating system. This session will cover topics such as: basic key commands; setting up NVDA; using NVDA in Windows, on the web, and in Word; NVDA add-ons; and creating and using portable copies of NVDA on flash drives. Participants’ questions and challenges will be addressed as time allows.


  1. Participants will receive basic key commands
  2. Participants will learn to create and use portable copies of NVDA and how to install add-ons
  3. Participants will practice using NVDA in Windows, on the web and in Word

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Robert Beach

Robert has been the Assistive Technology Specialist at Kansas City Kansas Community College since January of 1994. He is a member of AHEAD and ATHEN. He currently serves on the ATHEN Executive Board as a Member at Large Representative, is the current president of KAN-AHEAD and is on the Advisory Council for the Assistive Technology for Kansans Project. He has presented several sessions at previous Accessing Higher Ground conferences as well as other regional and national conferences.