For people with visual impairments, screen reader software is crucial for living in today’s world. Screen readers convert text and other digital elements into speech or braille so users can get information in a way that is accessible to them. Keeping up to date with changes when applications are updated is critical to being an independent computer user.
The Windows Screen Reader Primer: All the Basics and More is a new book written by David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind. It’s meant to help JAWS, NVDA, and Windows Narrator users work more effectively with the most important PC applications—like Microsoft Office, email clients, and web browsers. These applications include the Windows operating system, the four primary Office Suite applications (Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint), and the three most commonly used web browsers (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox). Dropbox and OneDrive, two popular cloud-based file-sharing programs, are also covered. So too is Adobe Acrobat Reader for accessing PDF files. A glossary with over 100 definitions of computer-related terms and a set of practice exercises are also included.
The book is intended for both beginners and intermediate users. While all the basics are covered, those already possessing a fair amount of experience using screen reader programs in the Windows environment will find useful tools and techniques to enhance their skills further.
The Carroll Center for the Blind also offers in-person and remote technology training options. For more information please contact our Director of Admissions.
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