Welcome to Accessibility Central

The aim of this website is to bring together a variety of eyesight related subjects - into one central area. Whether you are a shop owner wanting to find out how to best serve vision impaired customers, or a newly blind member looking for tips and tricks to assist in everyday life, this site aims to hopefully have something for everyone.  Some links within my website are internal, while others are New Zealand based or international. Please use your own discretion.
Look for my updated pages and contact email address at the end of the following table.

The importance of using alt text and labelling items correctly (as per the TVNZ on demand website example)

TVNZ on demand services used to work - up until August 2019 - for a screen reader user on their device (example on their computer, phone etcetera). You could go down the list of shows and hear what each title was, select the one you wanted, and play it. Currently you do not hear the list of titles and are forced to click on each one in that section to find the one you want. This issue has highlighted the importance of labelling items and using alt text. The section where you play the show is still accessible, just not the page before where you choose your title. Below are two dropbox links so you can hear what happens when this is not done correctly.

what i hear on the tvnz on demand page with nvda.mp3

using tvnz on demand with android phone .MP3
Update Jan 2021: Despite initial correspondence with TVNZ and then following up with correspondence to the minister of broadcasting, this issue currently remains unresolved. We look forwards to them one day fixing this issue by labeling the graphics that remain unlabelled in the TVNZ
on demand section on the main TV/movie page.

The importance of using alt text and labelling items correctly (as per the TV3 Now on demand website example) Can you hear the difference/s between the two examples above - using a screen reader on the TVNZ on demand website, and using the TVNZ app on an Android phone? Consider...Do you hear the name of the shows that you may wish to watch? Do you hear the names of the sections and the shows listed underneath?
Now, listen to the 3NOW on demand version (with the NVDA screen reader) and see if you can hear the difference (where the shows are listed)!

Please note: Netflix, and Choice TV (NZ) sites can both be used easily with a screen reader!

Translating this site into another language (for people using screen readers)

To have this website translated into a language other than English, please visit the google translate page at the following link.
The From: language (that is English for this website) should be selected by default and is a combo box;
the To: language (whichever language you would like to have the page translated into) can be tabbed to.
After you have chosen your preferred language (using the combo box), the next tab after that is the translation.
You should then see the webpage translated into the language that you have chosen (for example Maori).

Table of contents

New Zealand libraries
with NVDA

Accessible on demand
and video streaming services

Audio Description

TV commercials that may not
make sense

Lets Go Shopping

Blindness related resources

Ways you can help us

NVDA road tested programs

Avoiding hazards

Sighted Guide

Website Accessibility

Testing your website or application
with the NVDA screen reader

Tips and Tricks

Podcasts and
Product reviews


Basic Braille

NVDA screen reader

Guide dogs

Sports and recreation

PenFriend ideas

Accessible formats

NVDA tutorials

As seen through our eyes

How to install additional
NVDA components

Contact details

Eye conditions

Accessible email client
Mozilla Thunderbird

Things I would like to see
Blind and low vision related

Travel tips for the visually
impaired or blind

Travelling with a
Guide Dog both
home and abroad

NVDA screen reader
related resources

NVDA Audio tutorials

Did you know?
Members information

NVDA tutorials
learning the basics


NVDA tutorials for
other programs

Follow AccessibilityCentral
Net on Facebook

NVDA tutorials
for Windows 10

NVDA addons

Migrating to NVDA from
another screen reader

Accessible Phones

Talking Books

Troubleshooting NVDA
screen reader problems

G Gibson New Zealand's first NVDA certified expert 2017/2019

To find out who has been registered worldwide as an NVDA certified expert, or to find out more about becoming one yourself, please visit the following link certification.nvaccess.org

Image NVDA certified expert

Pages recently updated

Recently updated: Added the NVDA-addons.org website to the NVDA addons page and the NVDA screen reader related resources page. Added the object enhancer addon to the NVDA addons page, along with a dropbox link to a folder with addons for NVDA 2021.1 Added youtube tutorials by Thee Quinn to the NVDA screen reader related resources page. Added resetting your browser back to factory defaults to the NVDA screen reader troubleshooting page. Added changing your keyboard layout as well as playing Windows sounds to the NVDA tutorials for Windows 10 page.  Added information about controlling the NVDA screen reader remotely via an Android smart phone app; as well as information on an NVDA remote for iOS to the NVDA screen reader related resources page. Added a section called Obtaining older copies of the NVDA screen reader to the NVDA tutorials page; Added a guide called Adapting your home if you are visually impaired or blind to the blindness related resources page. Added information about talking-computers.org.uk to the NVDA tutorials for other programs page. Added a link to tutorials by Joslee - (Joseph Lee) to the NVDA screen reader
related resources page.

Added a new page Added a new page called Connecting a braille display to NVDA off the NVDA tutorials page.

The free screen reader, NVDA 2021.2 has just been released. It can be found at http://www.nvaccess.org/

Site last updated: 20th of September 2021