Re: jfw for the blind or visually impaired

  • From: "Pat Seed" <patatips@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:37:28 -0400

One thing that some people do is to use jaws while they are reading the screen. 
They either match the speed of jaws to what their eyes can handle, or put the 
speed of jaws slightly above what their eyes can handle. It usually helps with 
getting more accomplished and also with comprehension because of less 
All the Very Best,
Pat Seed

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave Durber 
  To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:24 AM
  Subject: Re: jfw for the blind or visually impaired

  It is not only the size of the font on the screen which should be taken into 
account.  The type of visual impairment must also be taken into account.  In 
addition, the individual should bear in mind, the wear and tear and strain they 
are putting on their eyes.

  In addition, when reading a screen full of information, a balance must be 
made between how long it takes an individual to read the information that is 
displayed.  For example, if it takes a person with limited vision, who can read 
the text on the screen, 20 minutes to read 1 screen full of text in the edit 
window of a Word document, how productive is that to the particular individual. 
 Whereas, in the same 20 minutes, using a screen-reader, depending upon the 
speed of the reading voice, the same individual would have access to an 
enormous amount of information in comparison.  In addition, it is likely, that 
the individual would have more comprehension as to what they had read 
throughout the 20 minutes using speech than using their eyes to read just one 
screen full of information.

  Ultimately, it is up to the individual to choose.

  However, if they choose to use their eyes to access information in an 
employment situation and it takes them a long time to read what is on the 
screen, an employer may decide that their productivity is not high enough and 
decide to let them go.


  Dave Durber

  ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Kimsan Song 
    To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 5:18 PM
    Subject: jfw for the blind or visually impaired


    I wanted to post this here seeing as this mailing list gets lots of 

    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.


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