Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Results of Screen Reader Survey

Screen reader proficiency chart

In January 2014, WebAIM conducted a survey of preferences of screen reader users and the results have been released.  This is the fifth survey since 2009, and they received 1465 valid responses.    The results include the following points:

  • Screen reader proficiency of respondents has increased slightly in each successive survey (2009-2014).
  • Internet proficiency has generally remained the same across all surveys.
  • Mobile usage of screen readers continues to increase significantly - from 61% in May 2012 to 72% in January 2014.
  • Windows continues to be the most common operating system, although it has decreased since 2012.
  • JAWS continues to be the most popular screen reader, followed by NVDA and VoiceOver.
  • Internet Explorer usage has decreased, but it is still the most popular browser among respondents.

To read the full survey results, see:  http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey5/   A summary is also available.