JAWS For People With Vision Loss

JAWS for people with vision loss is designed to promote independence. At Action for the Blind and Disabled Children, we are passionate about what we do and we are committed to the blind and disabled community.

Our JAWS for people with vision loss classes covers an introduction to terms and the elements related to computers, such as:

  • USB drive
  • Headphones
  • Computer focus
  • Modifier keys

JAWS is a screen reading program that allows blind or visually impaired students to read text that is on the computer screen using a speech synthesizer or Braille display. It was designed by motorcycle race Ted Henter in 1989, who lost his sight due to car accident.

A JAW talks our students through every aspect of computer use. A synthesized voice of choice guides the user through every task, such as composing drafts, sending documents to folders, receiving and sending emails and surfing the internet. JAWS stays by your side to announce every single key on your keyboard as you type it and replaces the need to use a mouse – which people with vision loss would struggle with.

These special keys enable JAWS to read one word at a time or a complete sentence. Students at Action will also learn to navigate the computer desktop, Microsoft Word and JAWS. When seting up JAWS, we determine what type of computer keyboard layout setting the student will use. Students can choose to either use the desktop or laptop keyboard layout setting.  The difference in these settings is the modifier key that the student will use.

Gone are the days of struggling on home computers and using a magnifying glass or glasses to read and write or asking a friend to read for you.

For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or elsie@action4.org.za and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or stephen@action4.org.za