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In May 2012, WebAIM conducted a survey of preferences of screen reader users. We received 1782 valid responses to this survey. This was a follow-up survey to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey of January 2009 and the follow-up surveys from October 2009 and December 2010.

The conclusion identified in the previous screen reader user surveys remains – there is no typical screen reader user. These results highlight significant changes and trends over a span nearly 3.5 years.
A few items of note:
– JAWS is still the primary screen reader, but usage continues to decrease as usage of NVDA and VoiceOver increases.
– The perception of free or low-cost screen readers is improving.
– The perception of accessibility of web content is decreasing.
– 72% of the respondents use a screen reader on a mobile device, up from only 12% three years ago.
– iOS device usage is significantly increasing and well above that of the standard population. Screen reader users represent a notable portion of the iOS device user market. Usage of Android devices is well below that of non-disabled users.
– The use of properly structured headings remains of great importance.
– The items that cause the most difficulty on the web remain largely unchanged over the last 2.5 years, with inaccessible Flash content and CAPTCHA being the most problematic.

Source: WebAIM’s 2012 screen reader users survey

Accessibility consultant David MacDonald wrote a theme song for the new WCAG 2.0 which is a W3C recommendation. He created it during a face-to-face WCAG meeting in Los Angeles. He did the instruments, programming, vocals and mixing in his home studio. The video speaks for itself…