March 20, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Deque Systems is proud to announce that NV Access (http://www.nvaccess.org/) is the winner of the 2015 Amaze Grant, a $10,000 award given to new technologies and initiatives that help increase digital accessibility for users with disabilities. NV Access is the developer of NVDA, screen-reading software that can read a computer screen in synthetic speech, or via a refreshable braille display. It is available free of charge.
“NVDA will not only help remove barriers to the web for users with visual impairments, but also help improve the accessibility of software and web products at large,” Deque CEO Preety Kumar said.
The Amaze Grant was awarded at Deque’s CSUN 2015 evening reception on March 4th. Deque Systems, a long-time sponsor of the week-long conference, also presented talks on mobile accessibility and customer success stories.
“It’s an honor to receive this award from Deque,” said Michael Curran, Executive Director at NV Access. “This grant will greatly help NVDA to enable our users to independently use computers for writing, reading, socializing, shopping and banking online — and, most importantly, actively participating in education and employment.”
NVDA, or NonVisual Desktop Access, supports many of today’s popular applications, including Microsoft Office programs, web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, and many other applications, including social, chat, music and reading. NVDA is changing the lives of blind and vision impaired people across the globe by providing a free alternative to commercial screen readers, which are either too expensive or unavailable in their location or language. More than 20,000 people per day depend on NVDA, spanning 150 countries. For more information, visit http://www.nvaccess.org/.
About Deque Systems
Founded in 1999, Deque Systems has paved the way for digital equality both from the user and technology perspectives. Deque has developed a uniquely robust suite of software tools that include WorldSpace, FireEyes, and Amaze. A thought leader in digital accessibility software and services, Deque was awarded the Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award for Innovation for the Amaze technology, and the company has been recognized in the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for four years running. Learn more at www.deque.com.
About CSUN Conference
CSUN is an annual international technology and persons with disabilities conference, held in San Diego, California. For more information, visit http://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/.
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