[Blindmath] SPSS 21 Accessibility

Faiz Rasool faiz7r at gmail.com
Sun Feb 17 02:09:11 CST 2013


Thank you Khalid for providing such detail information, it proves helpful to
have as much information as possible before giving   suggestions.

I cannot comment on Windows  eyes, as I have not  used the software. IBM
(company that now  owns the rights of SPSS) does state that there are
significant improvements in accessibility of SPSS 21 with jaws. However, in
my limited experience, I do not feel that accessibility has improved allot.
For example, I found with version 18 that at times Jaws  freezes  a bit, and
as far as my experience is concern, this also happens with version 21. One
change that has been made to V 21 of SPSS, is that when you're installing
the software, and if jaws is running, the   installer   asks you do you want
to enable Jaws? This turns  on the accessibility features. But you still
have to make modifications to the path variable. If you've not yet,  then I
recommend you look up how location  of path variable needs to be  modified. 

Assuming  that you've  SPSS installed, and accessibility  features are
activated, you can activate menus using jaws. For example analyze menu, data
menu, and file menu. If you're using discovering statistics by Field, I
think it comes with datasets on which students can practice the statistical
techniques. This reduces the need of having data  available in excel or .csv
format to import in SPSS. 

What I'd recommend that have NVDA installed on every computer with Jaws. At
times I've found that Jaws freezes, i.e., you press Alt+A to open the
analyze menu, jaws will speak Alt+A but would not read the  resulting  popup
menu. You may need to use the   keystroke twice or  thrice before jaws will
speak the items  available under analyze menu. So if for some reason jaws is
behaving inconsistently, you can switch to NVDA. I've found the user
experience with NVDA  to be more comfortable. 

I hope this helps, please feel free to ask any further questions if  you've
any.

Faiz.



-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Khalid K
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:47 PM
To: 'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics'
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] SPSS 21 Accessibility

Hi Faiz,

Yes, you're right. I downloaded the wrong file. Now, It's:
SPSS v21 for Windows 64 bit
Win 7/64/Win 8/64
 948MB

I'll google Stata to know more about it. I'm not sure if it would be
applicable for this course or not. I know that SAS is not applicable as an
example because we will mainly use statistic for research related to
education. 

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of
statistical methods for the analysis of quantitative data and their
application in a range of disciplinary contexts. This will include both
descriptive statistics and elementary inferential statistics. The emphasis
will be on the practical application of statistical methods and the
interpretation of results using the statistical computer software SPSS.
Little previous knowledge of statistics and no previous knowledge of SPSS
are assumed. One of the learning outcome is to be able to carry out and
interpret statistical analyses (including hypothesis tests about means and
proportions, the chi-squared test of independence, one-way ANOVA, and simple
linear regression) using SPSS.

The suggested reading books which cover the course material, for this course
are
- Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics using SPSS (3rd edition). London:
Sage. 
- Gomez.  Statistical Methods in Language and Linguistic Research, published
by Equinox.
- Connolly, P. (2007). Quantitative Data Analysis in Education: a Critical
Introduction Using SPSS. London: Routledge. 
- Diamond, I. and Jefferies, J. (2000). Beginning Statistics: an
Introduction for Social Scientists. London: Sage.
- Salkind, N. J. (2010). Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate
Statistics (4th edition). Sage: London.
- electronic resource for material covered during the course (in effect, an
electronic statistics textbook) is available online at:
http://www.statsoft.com/textbook/stathome.html.

I heard that Window-eyes 8 should work with SPSS because of WE8 latest java
implementation. Any further clarification in this? For Jaws 14 and NVDA, do
I have to change any default settings to have them work with SPSS 21? Are
there any instructions that I should take into consideration before
attempting to use SPSS21?

Thanks,
Khalid
-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Faiz
Rasool
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:28 AM
To: 'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics'
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] SPSS 21 Accessibility

Khalid,

I should point out that SPSS 21 with all modules is a download of around 900
MB. So please  look into it. 

Secondly, SPSS is not  completely accessible. You cannot enter your data in
the data editor. The workaround is  that the data is  entered in excel and
then imported to SPSS. You can use the  menus in  SPSS to perform tasks like
creating a new variable, giving value labels, requesting for computations
like regression and other analytical techniques. But  when it comes to
reading the output you need to export the output window to Ms word before it
can be read with any screen reading software. I should add that often Jaws
behaves very sluggishly  when  we  try to open menu items, and
I've found NVDA to be more   stable in when working with menus in the data
editor. 

Along with R, I've read that Stata is also accessible with screen readers,
but I've  very limited experience of working with stata so cannot  comment,
perhaps some other member  would be able to give opinions about Stata.
You've already received a link about resources for R. 


Hth,
Regards,
Faiz.

-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Khalid K
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:21 PM
To: blindmath at nfbnet.org
Subject: [Blindmath] SPSS 21 Accessibility

Hi all!

 

I'm taking a course in Quantitative Methods. It's a core requirement and we
are using SPSS for inputting and analysing data. I've never used SPSS
before, so I have some questions.

 

First of all how accessible SPSS is, and which screen reader has the best
support. 

I downloaded:

SPSS AMOS v21 for Windows ONLY

Win 7/64/Win 7/32/Win 8/64/Win 8/32

56MB

 

The machine I'm using has Windows 7 64 bit. I can install any screen reader
that would work with SPSS. 

 

I should report to the university the accessibility of SPSS on Monday, so
all details I can get over the weekend are greatly appreciated. 

Best Regards,

Khalid

 

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