[blindkid] Zoom Text with Speech vs. JAWS

Jess jessica.trask.reagan at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 17:43:53 UTC 2009

I'm no expert. But, the fact that you said that your daughter hasn't been 
trained on ZoomText makes the big difference to me as to why she won't use 
it. Since she had a training on JAWS she most likely prefers hearing 
Eloquence speech over Via Voice or whatever Synthesizer is used in 
Magnifier/Reader version of ZoomText. By the way I'm much like your daughter 
I prefer using JAWS to ZoomText because all the ZoomText does in my case is 
make the screen area larger. And, I'm already using a 19 inch or so flat 
panel monitor. Also, Freedom Scientific also has a Magnifier Program called 
MaGic as well Both JAWS and MaGic work seamlessly together.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kim Cunningham" <kim at gulfimagesphoto.com>
To: "Blindkid" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 10:42 AM
Subject: [blindkid] Zoom Text with Speech vs. JAWS

Could anyone tell me about the differences (good and bad) between using Zoom 
Text with speech vs. JAWS? I understand that Zoom Text has the ability to 
enlarge print, etc. and JAWS is speech only. Do both work with all files or 
is one better than the other. My daughter trained with JAWS over the summer 
and really liked it. She found it easy to navigate. Currently she has Zoom 
Text with speech on her laptop and the school district wants to know why she 
won't use this program instead of JAWS since Zoom Text also allows her to 
use her residual vision. Kayleigh was given Zoom Text without any training 
from her TVI. What she has learned has been on her own and I'm not sure if 
she just needs more training with Zoom Text or if JAWS is the way to go for 
Kim Cunningham
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