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Amanda Matheny mommyzhuuraan at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 21:06:48 UTC 2012

Hi Liz, I have used JAWS 13 with blackboard and it seems to work.
There's a few quirks, like on the file upload screen but they can be
overcome. It just takes a little patience. I thinkt here is a link to
a non-java based uploader or something like that if I remember
correctly that works.

I haven't actually tried NVDA with Blackboard, but it might be worth
exploring. I agree about universal access. The interesting thing is
that NVDA was just a glorified Narrator just 5 or 6 years ago, but now
it's creeping up to on par with commercial screen readers, and is just
as good if not better on some things.

I wish you the best of luck in your teaching goals, and have similar
ones myself. Planning to get my Bachelor's ASAP.

On 6/8/12, Elizabeth Phillips <evp at email.arizona.edu> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I'm totally blind and want to start teaching online in the next few
> semesters.  My computer is quite old, and I only have JAWS 11 at the moment
> which is wanting when it comes to optimally making teaching platforms such
> as Desire to Learn and Blackboard accessible.  It's also had great trouble
> with JAVA and Flash media.  I'm in the process of acquiring a new computer
> with Windows 7, with the most optimal configuration of programs and
> applications for word processing and online teaching.
> I have two questions for the group and would welcome any suggestions,
> feedback, or experience you might have.
> First, is there anyone here using JAWS 13 with Blackboard, Meeting Space,
> webconferencing programs, and similar applications?  If so, what has been
> your experience?  Have you found that specific JAWS configurations coupled
> with older versions of Flash and Java more compatible than JAWS with up to
> date versions of the same software?  Is there anything I should be
> particularly aware of regarding JAWS 13 accessibility?
> I am also wondering about peoples' experience with open source screen
> readers.  Does anyone on the list use one and, if so, which one?  Would you
> recommend it as something comparable to JAWS 13, and do you think it works
> well with the kinds of programs and add ons needed for online teaching?
> I'm
> very interested in supporting universal access to screen reading software
> and the ability of all blind people, regardless of socioeconomic
> background,
> to have as much access to information as their sighted cohorts.  So, if
> there is one or a number of open source screen readers compatible with
> Windows 7 and the applications I've mentioned I'd prefer to use it over
> Thank you,
> Liz
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