This document has been recently updated to include a 9th edition of the podcast.
Narrator Screen Reader Tutorial Podcasts by David Woodbridge
iSee – Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective.
Revised: February 24, 2019
Narrator is a screen reader utility included in Microsoft Windows that reads text, dialog boxes and window controls in most applications for Windows. Originally developed by Professor Paul Blenkhorn in 2000, the utility made the Windows operating system more accessible for blind and low vision users.
In the October 2018 release of Windows 10 Narrator’s functions and keyboard commands have been dramatically expanded. We are now at a point in it’s development that it will start to rival the third party screen readers we have become accustomed to using in the Windows environment. Finally, it might be said that PC computers purchased off the shelf are accessible to blind and low vision users out of the box.
The latest version of Windows 10 is the October 2018 Update, version “1809,” which was released on October 2, 2018. The below tutorial podcasts only apply to the latest version 1809, so please check to see the current version running in your computer.
How do I know what version I’m running?
To determine whether or not these tutorials apply to Narrator in your computer you can check your version number as follows:
- Press and release the Windows Key and type the word Run, or merely hold down the Windows key and press the letter R.
- In the window that pops up type the text, WinVer and press the Enter key. Typing immediately will replace any text that might already be there.
- The computer will display, and your screen reader will speak the version of your operating system. If it indicates you’re running version 1809 Narrator will function as outlined in these podcasts, however if your computer is still running an older version please disregard these tutorials for now. Press the Space Bar to close this dialog.
The Complete Guide to Narrator on the Microsoft Windows Help Page:
Click here to access the Complete Narrator’s Guide on the Windows Help Page.
David Woodbridge produces great podcasts under the title, iSee – Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective. Below are the links to each individual podcast for you to Stream in your favourite podcatcher.
Narrator Tutorial Podcasts from iSee – Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective by David Woodbridge:
- Demo of the Windows Insider build for the new Narrator Quick Start Guide
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 1 – turning Narrator on and off
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 2 – Narrator keys and Input (keyboard and touch screen) Learning mode
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 3 – adjusting speech rate, Volume, Punctuation, and a tip on Verbosity
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 4 – changing Volume, Pitch, Audio Ducking, and an initial intro to Scan Mode
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 5 Startup options for Narrator including Narrator Home
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 6 – Typing Echo and Keyboard Settings
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 7 – Navigating within a document with Narrator keyboard commands
- Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 8 – Scan Mode, Narrator Views, and using Narrator Gestures with the Touch Screen
Windows 10 Narrator Series Episode 9 – Navigating on the Web with Narrator
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Must-Have Blindness Assistive Tech Podcasts
As Determined by
Revised on February 1, 2019
To stay in touch with the blind world of accessible and assistive technology GTT participants refer frequently to the following list of podcasters. Some we go to just to hear what’s new, what’s coming, what does or doesn’t work, and some we go to when we want to learn how to do a task, set-up a device or how to use an app. Either way, these are our collective go-to podcasts for your consideration. Please don’t think that you have to agree, and if you have others not yet included in this list please share them and they will be included. The list is alphabetical and not by importance.
Thanks goes out to those GTT participants who helped make this list a little more complete.
- Accessibility Moving Forwards Podcast, for interesting interviews and assistive technology presentations.
- Airacast with Jonathan Mosen, for interviews, Agent and Explorer features and news about Aira.
- AMI Audio Live, for blindness related radio programs on AMI Audio.
- AppleVis, for learning how to, and for the news related to all things Apple.
- AT Banter Podcast by Canadian Assistive Technology, which consists of interviews with interesting people in the blind and multi-disabled assistive tech worlds.
- Audio Pizza, by and for the Blind, audio reviews and tutorials on the things we’re passionate about. Assistive tech from Apple’s Mac & iOS to reviews of the latest bespoke devices.
- Blind Abilities, for learning how to, and for the news related to all things assistive tech.
- Blind Bargains Audio, for learning how to, and for the news related to all things assistive tech.
- CNIB, Blind Wide Open Podcast, for presentations and interviews about blindness. Kim Kilpatrick was featured on January 8, 2019 talking about GTT.
- CNIB, Venture Zone Podcast, which seems to be interviews with blind entrepreneurs
- Comments On, Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, for learning how to use all manner of apps and devices.
- Cool Blind Tech, it has over 400 episodes available, and appears to not have added anything new since August 2018.
- Devon Wilkins operates three podcasts related to blindness, Guide Dogs and our first love, old time radio, and they are called: Insight Peterborough; Spotlight On Assistance Dogs; and Canadians in Old Time Radio.
- Double Tap, an AMI Audio Show dedicated to blindness assistive tech interviews.
- Eyes on Success, a weekly, half hour radio show / podcast covering a wide variety of topics of interest to the visually impaired.
- FS Cast by Freedom Scientific giving you all the news about JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion.
- IACast, Making Success Accessible!
- iHabilitation by Tom Dekker, which is an iOS training podcast offering paid training sessions along with some free episodes.
- InTouch, a BBC interview podcast dealing with blindness and low vision issues.
- Kelly and Company, an AMI Audio program that features some assistive tech segments, local reporting and other blindness related interviews.
- Main Menu, ACB Radio, for the news related to all things assistive tech and blindness.
- Mystic Access, for free tutorials, helpful hints and news about the online and home-study courses they sometimes offer on a fee-for-service basis.
- Parallel, Relay FM, an interview podcast featuring many experts and innovators in the blind/tech world by Shelly Brisban. She is the author of the series of books titled, iOS Access for All, and is herself vision impaired.
- RNIB Tek Talk, for news on the blind assistive tech world.
- Seminars at Hadley, for hour long presentations, discussions and interviews related to assistive tech.
- TedTalks, consisting of several separate podcasts related to Education, Health, News and Politics, Society and Culture, and Technology, which all must be searched for and subscribed to individually.
- Technology Podcasts, NCBI from Ireland, Working for people with sight loss.
- The Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast, just because I have a couple of episodes on there, and the CCB Health and Fitness program has many more than that.
- The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast, which posts new episodes infrequently, and that is very good, all-be-it completely Apple ecosystem based.
- Victor Reader Stream Information, which is infrequently updated with new material.
- Woodbridge, David, iSee – Using various technologies from a blind person’s perspective, for learning how to use many apps and devices.