It depends on whether the client's vision is expected to deteriorate further. If not one of the screen magnification programs such as Magic, manufactured by Freedom Scientific, or Zoom Text, manufactured by AISquared might serve equally as well. Without the negative stigma he might feel about "going blind". They magnify up to twenty times the regular font. If his vision surely is expected to deteriorate whether he uses a screen reader which involves no interaction with the computer's mouse depends on how comfortable he might be with the transition. Before the investment is made, personal or otherwise, a Demonstration copy of Jaws, and its competitor Window-eyes manufactured by GWMicro can be asked for at no charge. These demonstration copies will run for a length of time before one is required to reboot to reactivate them. This will enable him to get a feel for the various screen readers out there. There is also a free screen reader called NVDA many blind people use and find quite satisfactory for general applications such as basic word processing e-mail ETC. Many large cities might offer free Jaws training through their local branch of the regional library for the blind and physically handicapped. Most regional libraries use Jaws as their screen readers I would assume. This assumption is based on my experience with my particular regional library. This is often one on one training, and needs to be scheduled. He might want to talk to the technology specialist at his local branch about this. Though rehabilitation training centers offer Jaws training, this is usually scheduled through the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services for the visually impaired, (bsvi) Arranging training by means of this method is quite expensive, however. And is dependent on whether the client qualifies for rehabilitation services. This often means: In order to be trained to use a screen reader he must have an employment goal. Or must have a job at which he would be expected to use these computer skills. Though, this training may be the most comprehensive, it is also the most expensive; and is out of the price range for most private individuals. I do hope this has assisted you, and has helped to answer the questions you might have. ----- Original Message ----- From: Cy Selfridge To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:53 PM Subject: RE: jfw for the blind or visually impaired Kimsan, I doubt if there is any real criteria for recommending a client use JAWS. There are simply too many factors to take into consideration. I suppose one neat way to decide is when the client decides to learn to touch type rather than hunt and peck or have to look at the keyboard in order to type. (LOLLOLLOL) Cy, The Anasazi From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kimsan Song Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:18 PM To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: jfw for the blind or visually impaired Hello: I wanted to post this here seeing as this mailing list gets lots of traffick. My question is concerning the use of jaws and is the "screen" reader mainly used for completely blind individuals or partially sighted individuals? I am not a teacher for the blind, so it is interesting to me when a person is told due to his or her "lack of vision" jaws will be reccomended. So, the question raised here is where would a persons vision need to be at in order to use jaws? If someone can read 20 point font or higher would jaws be necessary? Any feedback would be appreciated. Take care.