Is there free screen reading software I can use to get a sense for how a visually impaired user experiences the web?
Indeed there are several free programs available. Windows users can install NonVisual Desktop Access and most Apple computers come with VoiceOver. If you are on a Mac right now, try pressing
Command-F5 to open up VoiceOver (pressing
Command-F5 again will turn it off).
Additionally, ChromeVox is available as an in-browser extension. For more information about getting up and running with screen readers, check out this article.