WOW–this is great news for all our students. JAWS and MAGic Student Edition Available on Quota! See details at APH

Freedom Scientific and the American Printing House for the Blind have partnered to make a “JAWS® and MAGic® Student Edition” available to K-12 students in the U.S. using Federal Quota funds! These special software subscriptions will be sold exclusively by APH and will allow students to install full versions of JAWS and/or MAGic on ANY computer they access (up to three machines). This will allow students to have 24 hour, 365 day-a-year access to their computers at both school and home!

Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Maddison, another Great Dane, has been her sight. The two are, of course, Inseparable.




"People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.

Every Pixar Film Is Now Accessible with Mobile Audio Description from Disney

Audio Description — the extra audio track that narrates film action for people who are blind or have low vision — has been around for decades, but even if you’re blind, you might not use it. Why? Ironically, often the problem with audio description is not really the audio description. The problem is in how AD is delivered — or rather, not delivered. For years, the LightHouse has heard and advocated for blind filmgoers who simply aren’t able to pay for their movie and enjoy it in the format of their choice. If you’re blind at the movies, you know about the broken receivers, the strange formats, poor public education and training, and the many other intervening factors that have continually stymied AD availability across movie theaters and in-home systems, ultimately stonewalling the blind film-watching experience.

Read all at: Pixar

From David Goldfield’s Blog

Free Computer Resources

One of the phone meetings of the Philadelphia Computer Users’ Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired discussed various resources available to obtain free technical help. I compiled a list of the resources which I use and ones which were mentioned by other callers. I am placing it on this Web site for anyone who might find it of some value.

Microsoft Disability Help Desk– 800 936-5900  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility

Apple Accessibility Help– 877 204-3930  — email: mailto:accessibility@apple.com

Chicago Lighthouse Helpdesk  —  screen readers including NVDA, Daisy book players, notetakers — 888 825-0080

Freedom Scientific (JAWS, MAGic, OpenBook, Focus, Pac Mate, various magnifiers and Plextalk Pocket) — (727) 803-8600

JAWS Technical Support Page http://www.freedomscientific.com/Support

JAWS Users Mailing Lists http://www.freedomscientific.com/Support/UserGroups

JAWS Headquarters http://www.freedomscientific.com/JAWSHQ/JAWSHeadquarters01

Android Access (online community) www.androidaccess.org

AI Squared- Zoomtext and Window-Eyes — (802) 362-3612

Window-Eyes Online Support (including knowledge base and mailing lists) —  http://www.gwmicro.com/support/

NVDA — English users’ mailing List –  To join the users’ list, send a blank email to: mailto:nvda-request@freelists.org with the word “subscribe” in the subject line. www.nvaccess.org

Humanware – 800 722-3393

Verizon Wireless Help for consumers with disabilities (888) 262- 1999,  http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/accessibility-faqs/#vgnEnd

AT&T 866-241-6568  http://about.att.com/mediakit/disability

Sprint  http://www.sprint.com/landings/accessibility/vision.html

American Printing House for the Blind (Bookport Plus)  800 223-1839

Freelists (various discussion groups or mailing lists) http://www.freelists.org/lists.html

Yahoo Groups (mailing lists)  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo

Google Groups (mailing lists) https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview

Microsoft Community For help with Windows, Office and other Microsoft products http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us

Applevis (for all things Apple)  www.applevis.com

MacForTheBlind www.macfortheblind.com

Access Technology Institute (to purchase training textbooks and online training classes) http://www.blindtraining.com/

Comcast email accessibility@comcast.com  phone 855-270-0379 www.comcast.com/accessibility

All Hotkeys Keyboard Shortcuts www.allhotkeys.com

KeyXL  keyboard shortcut list www.keyxl.com

Shortcut World hotkey list www.shortcutworld.com

Blind Geek Zone  www.blind-geek-zone.net

VIP conduit voice Chat with others online www.vipconduit.com

For the People Another voice-chat site, may be a good resource for online help www.for-the-people.com

Accessible World Offers various conferences online, including Tek Talk where products are demonstrated http://accessibleworld.org/archives/tek-talk-archives

Obtaining a college education is no easy task, but for students with visual disabilities, the path to completing a degree program is lined with unique challenges and barriers. The following guide explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.

Go to: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed and get your resources lined up for success

The stats are in and once again PC leads the way on the must need technology, following right behind with iOS on a mobile device. Though Jaws still leads the way in screen reader access, other talking software is on the rise since these are free and people do like free.

Depending on your job will depend on what type of power you need in a screen reader device: For my students, they need a minimum of 2, some instances 3. It is being prepared for anything that comes one’s way is the key. Combine that with an iOS device and our students have the power they need to do anything.

Find out all the results from this survey at: Screen Reader User Survey #6 Results

Operating System
Response # of Respondents % of Respondents
Windows 2140 85.3%
Apple 171 6.8%
iOS 134 5.3%
Android 33 1.3%
Linux 26 1.0%
Nokia 4 .2%


Which of the following desktop/laptop screen readers do you commonly use?
Screen Reader # of Respondents % of Respondents
JAWS 1098 43.7%
NVDA 1040 41.4%
VoiceOver 778 30.9%
Window-Eyes-no longer used 745 29.6%
ZoomText 691 27.5%
System Access or System Access To Go 173 6.9%
ChromeVox 71 2.8%
Other 163 6.5%


Which of the following is your primary mobile platform?
Mobile Platform # of Respondents % of Respondents
Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 1443 69.6%
Android 430 20.8%
Nokia 79 3.8%
Other 120 5.8%


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