In-depth interview with NVDA contributor Joseph Lee, We talked about Screen readers, Education, and everything else accessibility related

Hey folks, another interview this time. Joseph Lee is my guest, he’s quite famous for his contributions, primarily in NVDA add-on development. I have to say this interview is a bit lengthy, just because I want to talk with him about everything I had in mind and that is screen readers, education, what is the future of accessibility, and way more.

In this podcast episode you will find out his story and how he started with programming in general, as well as how he began contributing to NVDA project.

Some of the other topics you will hear discussed are

  • What is a screen reader and the basics how it works?
  • The future of screen readers
  • How accessible is programming to the blind and visually impaired individuals
  • How hard is to develop add-ons for NVDA
  • his and mine experiences in higher education
  • Why it is important to learn how to advocate for accessibility
  • How to solve accessibility problems with software and hardware
  • The importance of reporting issues to developers regarding accessibility
  • Joseph Lee favorite apps, movies and so on

It is impossible to list everything we talked about, but trust me there is plenty in this interview, before I interviewed him, I set the goal to bring his experience and knowledge to this podcast so we are able to learn what he has to say regarding many questions I asked him about accessibility.

At the very endif the podcast I left an interesting audio clip that shows how did the 1st synthesizer known as VODER sounded like, it was released by Homer Dudley in 1937, That said, I bet that there is plenty information that you will find interesting…

So, get comfy and enjoy the podcast.


Joseph mentioned one very cool add-on to me called “lion”the purpose of this add-on is to read subtitles, it achieves that by using optical character recognition )OCR) this add-on works by taking screenshots of your screen every 2nd or so,  and as a result of that it can read subtitles out loud to you. For this to be effective please make sure you that you are watching the video in full-screen.

You start and stop the add-on using: NVDA+ALT+L ¬†you can download the add-on using the link below. I tried the add-on myself, and I have to say it works quite well. Of course it’s not 100% correct all of the time because that really depends on a text size and the background, but overall results are more than satisfactory in my opinion.

The link below will point you to Joseph’s Github page where you will able to find his add-ons.