[nobe-l] Easy IEP and Skyward

Greg Aikens gpaikens at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 12:49:31 UTC 2015

Hello Domonique and all,
I can’t speak to either of the programs you have mentioned, but I am successful with the IEP and grading platforms my school district uses. 

For IEPs, we use a web based program called Goalview. This is very accessible with JAWS but works best in Internet Explorer, at least from an accessibility standpoint. 

The grading platform we use is called Synergy. It is also web based but is less accessible. I find that depending on which browser I use, I can access different functions using the screen reader. For example, to create an assignment, I have to use Google Chrome, but I am unable to enter grades in Chrome. I have to use Internet Explorer to enter grades, but I am unable to create or edit assignments with Internet Explorer. This is inconvenient but I have been able to enter my own grades without assistance after someone showed me around the interface and I figured out that different browsers interact with the site and Jaws differently.

I hope this helps you in your research.

Greg Aikens

> On Mar 1, 2015, at 6:02 PM, Domonique Lawless via nobe-l <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am a blind braille teacher working in Tennessee. The school that I work at currently uses two programs. One program is Easy IEP which is a computer-based IEP management program. I have tried using this program with both JAWS and voice over and it is completely inaccessible.
> The second program we are using is called Skyward. It is a program for grading, keeping attendance, and managing student schedules. I have yet to try it with voiceover on a Mac however, it is somewhat accessible with JAWS. Skyward also has an app for I devices which is accessible but somewhat limited in comparison to the desktop version.
> I was wondering if there were any blind TVi's or other blind educators who have had experience with these programs. I am trying to collect data about people's experiences with these programs and their accessibility. If you use easy IEP, what was your experience like? Are there any IEP management programs that are accessible using a screen reader? If you have used skyward, what were your excess ability challenges? What advice do you have to recommend in regard to this product?
> Please feel free to email me off list with your responses. I appreciate any help that you can offer. 
> Sincerely,
> Domonique Lawless
> Sent from my iPhone
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