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Michael Baird oonyusilver at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 07:13:14 UTC 2012

Hi Liz and All,

My name is Silver Francis Oonyu!  I am a Ugandan national with very low
usable vision.  I managed to complete a masters degree in Vision studies at
the University of Pittsburgh, this last Spring.  My end dream is to
establish a school for children who are blind. In my community, of Teso
sub-region in eastern Uganda. So as to help other children, in a similar
situation.  Blind children in Uganda are without education in the strict
sense of the word.  I have many challenges concerning what I want to do. My
community has donated land but lack of funding is a big drawback but the
children?  In need of help.  Many have never even heard of JAWS. Can anyone
out there?  Help me help these children? My other email is
oonyusilver at yahoo.com also sfoonyu at gmail.com. 256 779334895 is my cell
phone number.

I do appreciate any possible help!!


On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Amanda Matheny <mommyzhuuraan at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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
> > JAWS.
> >
> >
> > Thank you,
> > Liz
> >
> >
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