Re: jfw for the blind or visually impaired

  • From: "Tom Lange" <trlange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:14:43 -0700

You can talk all you want to about the degree of visual acuity below which the 
learning of JAWS is warranted, but my take on it is this: if a person has some 
useful vision but there's even a remote possibility that the vision will 
deteriorate substantially, then JAWS should be seriously considered and 
encouraged.  I've taught many blind and visually impaired people over the past 
sixteen years, eight years or so in a classroom setting, and though some were 
dragged kicking and screaming into learning JAWS, ultimately it was time well 
spent.  One student of mine was likely to lose his vision because of diabetic 
retinopathy, and it was a really safe bet that one day his eyes would "blow 
out", to use his term, not mine.  He had a hell of a time buying into the idea 
of using JAWS at all, but sure enough, one day he woke up and his vision was 
completely gone.  No light perception, nada. He's since gone on to master JAWS, 
Kurzweil 1000, the Braille Note Apex and all sorts of other assistive 
technologies and he uses them to the fullest extent. Now he's director of a 
training program for blind youths and is doing very well indeed.  I love 
success stories like that.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marie Lyons 
  To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:57 PM
  Subject: RE: jfw for the blind or visually impaired

  There are a group of visual disability that affect peripheral vision.  That 
would mean you could get less of a word in your field of vision.   It could 
have to do with eye strain as well.  If you can see 20 point font but only read 
one letter at a time JAWS could be a very useful tool.


  -----Original Message-----
  From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Kimsan Song
  Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:36 PM
  To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: RE: jfw for the blind or visually impaired


  That was my Original thought.

  I kind of figured that there were no criteria, which brought me to presenting 
this discussion or lack of...

  Where I work, I am part of a multidisciplinary team supporting blind and 
visually impaired school students and I have observed the teachers for the 
blind assess these students and reccomend jaws training.

  My confusion was why when these students are able to read 20 plus pt font 
just fine, why introduce them to jaws? and when they use computers else where 
its the same exact set up font wise etc. Meaning, the only time they use jaws 
is when they are in class with me...

  Anyways, thanks for your response.

  Take care. 

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