[blindkid] Zoom Text with Speech vs. JAWS

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Sep 3 00:30:35 UTC 2009

If used optimally, one is not a substitute for the other.  It could 
be that your daughter just needs more training, JAWS is keyboard 
centric, and Zoomtext is mouse-centric.  Also, we have found that how 
well somebody uses Zoomtext depends on their vision etc.  If they 
have to enlarge above 4x to 6X they probably aren't that 
efficient.  Also they may get fatigued or dizzy from using 
Zoomtext.  It is attractive to sighted persons, but in real life, 
some people just can't use it well.

Others can however.


At 09:42 AM 9/1/2009, you wrote:

>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 her.
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