[nobe-l] Esablishing a School for the Blind
Smith, Pauline L
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Fri Jun 15 18:13:04 UTC 2012
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Good luck in establishing your school. Blind students worldwide deserve a quality education, regardless of economics, ethnicity or other variables.
From: nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Amanda Matheny
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 10:13 AM
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Wow, that is an awesome cause. I hope it works out well for you! I think if you look around you can probably find the funding you need.
You may even be able to get a grant or something similar. I can't support your idea financially, but I support it in my thoughts anyway and hope it goes well. Providing a quality education for blind students in other countries, especially less privileged ones is a great thing!
On 6/15/12, Michael Baird <oonyusilver at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
>> > which is wanting when it comes to optimally making teaching
>> > platforms
>> > as Desire to Learn and Blackboard accessible. It's also had great
>> > with JAVA and Flash media. I'm in the process of acquiring a new
>> > 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
>> > with older versions of Flash and Java more compatible than JAWS
>> > with up
>> > 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
>> > recommend it as something comparable to JAWS 13, and do you think
>> > it
>> > 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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