Hi, 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. Tom ----- 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. Marie -----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 Cy, 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.