RE: jfw for the blind or visually impaired

  • From: Adrian Spratt <Adrian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:44:09 -0400

I believe that on the one hand, ideology plays a large part in decisions of
this kind, and on the other, that psychology either does or ought to.
whether one likes it or not, children and adults don't like being associated
with anything connoting blindness. The white cane is the perfect example. I
imagine resistance to JAWS comes from a similar place. In the same vein, my
experience tells me that adults and children will also avoid magnification
devices if they think they can get away without them.
I get a sense that as a JAWS user, I tend to get a lot more information than
very low vision people who struggle with magnification devices.
Screenreaders are by no means perfect, and I for one hate reading fiction
with JAWS, especially if it contains a lot of dialog. But I can zip through
academic and popular articles, so long as they're in accessible form.
I'm suggesting that whatever the practical arguments for a screenreader or
other adaptive aid, it could be damaging to students of any age to introduce
them to these aids until they can accept the necessity. Some will do so
right away, others will resist. To my mind, nothing interferes more with
education than resistance to the methods imposed.
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Kimsan Song
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:30 PM
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: jfw for the blind or visually impaired
Thankyou for your input.
I am aware of the several magnification programs that exist but it seems as
if the powers that be are pushing for jaws training with my visually
impaired students and I think jaws will not be a good idea because the
students are mouse users using 28 pt font.
I just finished explaining to someone off list that I am just suppose to
teach jaws to my middle and high schoolers and if I even bring up screen
magnification programs or any other screen reader, it would just be shot
Back to the original inquory, it seems as if jaws is for the blind (which I
knew so don't laugh at me) I just get confused when the teachers for the
blind are having me teach jaws to students who depend and work with the
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of mike grove
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:40 PM
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: jfw for the blind or visually impaired
there are a number of different kinds of software for visually impaired use.
jaws is by far the best screen reader i have found for an individual that
can nolonger read the print inspite of size. there are some products that
magnify the screen. One in particular is zoom text. i am now blind, but for
the last thirty years i could see enough to still read larger print. Now
that i can't, i have switched to jaws. those are just a few of the options.
i am sure that there are more. i hope this was of some help for u.
----- Original Message -----
From: Kimsan Song
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:18 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
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Take care.

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