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JAWS software

Hi everyone!

If you've ever helped a visually impaired student do research, you know they experience challenges unique to their disability -- like, how to read all those articles? Many times the student wants you to save the articles as text on a USB thumb drive.

What happens after that? Well, the student usually uses a software called JAWS that reads the text of the article out loud. So for students like these, reading is as much about listening as it is about text on the page.

Lucky for everyone, we have a computer with JAWS software right here in the Reference Room! The Dell Computer closest to printer #2 has JAWS on it. If a patron wants to use it, s/he will have to check out headphones from the circulation desk (or bring their own).

There is also a room with equipment for students with disabilities, including a computer with JAWS on it, near the ITS computer lab on the first floor. This room is accessible to current students only and requires a staff member from circulation to unlock the door.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Not that JAWS! Haha


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 16th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Alright, thank Kelci! I have never heard of that software before!

Feb. 17th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Sounds sweet. Thanks Kelci for letting me know!

Feb. 17th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
Sounds good Kelci. I've had a patron ask me to do this from time to time.

Feb. 18th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Sounds good. Thanks Kelci!

Feb. 18th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I knew about the hidden disabilities room, but no idea about the ref desk had JAWS too. Good to know. I know for next time that JAWS strikes up.

Feb. 20th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
good to know!

Feb. 21st, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
haha got it~~ nice analogy

Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks!
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