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Missing Accelerate Button: Non-Visual Digital Maps

Recently some SAS Graphics Accelerator users have lost the Accelerate Button on their Google map. (The Accelerate button is used to convert the Google map into...
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NVDA Zoom Accessibility Add-On

Zoom meetings are a way of life during these days of social distancing. A recent  add-on called Zoom Enhancemants for NVDA, provides keyboard shortcuts to...
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Google Accessibility Improvements

Google's software update included accessibility improvements! New Shortcut command that instantly toggles Braille Support in Docs, Sheets and Slides...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator: Maps Software Update

Creating and opening non-visual digital maps has never been easier! The June 22, 2020 user-friendly update has streamlined the process of creating maps and...
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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software

Post Updated 9/26/19 APH states that BrailleBlaster version 1.1.23 "Document types that are supported by Pandoc and include LaTeX can convert that LaTeX into...
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

Update 9/4/2019 APH recently updated their APH Crossword  web-browser game. There are several noteable updates, including: Letters are larger -  match the...

Live Edits in Google Docs

Google Docs "live edits" - the ability to make real-time changes in a document by collaborators - is now accessible to users who rely on a screen reader (...
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Windows 10 May Update

Developers continuously work on improving their software. Windows 10 (May 2019 release) has numerous accessibility improvements including: Bigger, brighter...
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JAWS 2019 Updates

JAWS 2019 has many enhanced features that students may find beneficial. Note: there are many additional JAWS enhancements than what is listed below.  Let us...
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Large Cursor in Windows 10

Hi! My name is Tyler Sheft. Today I would like to tell you about what might just be one of the BIGGEST accessibility updates Microsoft has made to Windows in...
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Upcoming Windows 10 software updates

Windows 10 Insiders share information about Windows 10 Build 18298 and the upcoming major Windows 10 upgrade. Windows Insiders is a program for Windows users...
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Office Lens Commands and Software Updates for Screen Readers

Office Lens converts print to accessible digital materials. Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote (a Microsoft  Office 365 product) that...
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JAWS issue with Chrome 70 release

According to Freedom Scientific, navigating the combo boxes has changed with this week's release of Chrome Browser version 70. The next JAWS update (in...
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New Narrator Guide

Narrator is the native Windows 10 screen reader. With the recent release of Windows 10 (version 1809), comes improvements in Narrator and a new Narrator User...
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Typeability again!

Typeability Although our revered blogmaster, Diane Brauner, posted an excellent review and information about the keyboarding program Typeability typing and...
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Answering Calls with Skype 8: JAWS

As mentioned in previous posts, Skype 7.4 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Freedom Scientific has been working with Microsoft to make Skype - and its...
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Microsoft is retiring Skype 7.4 - important information for JAWS users!

Microsoft will stop supporting Skype 7 on September 1st. For JAWS users, it is anticipated that Skye 7.4 will no longer connect to the service. JAWS users will...
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Narrator Update: Podcast Demo

In this 30 minute podcast, David Woodbridge demonstrates the new and improved Narrator (MP3) features currently available in the beta version of Narrator....
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JAWS 2018 Updates

Freedom Scientific shares exciting new JAWS updates. Here is a quick list of new features: JAWS Version Number Change - JAWS versions will now be labeled by...
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Windows 10 in S Mode

According to Microsoft's website, "Windows 10 Education in S mode is designed to give schools the familiar, robust, and productive features they count on from...
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Windows 10 Build 17692: Accessibility and more!

Microsoft is constantly working on improving their software. Recently released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17692 has a number of exciting new features...
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Windows 10 Alt+Tab, Sets and Fluent Design Updates

Numerous updates to Windows 10 were recently announced at Build 2018; some of these updates have already been launched while others will be launched soon....
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NVDA now supports more interaction with charts

NVDA 2018.1 software update includes considerable improvement when browsing with the latest FireFox version and support for more Braille displays. Students...
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List of Microsoft Accessibility Features: Windows 10 and Office 365

Have you explored all the Microsoft accessibility options for Windows 10 and Office 365? Quick information about each features is available along with a...
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What's new with NVDA

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a popular free screen reader which enables blind and visually impaired users to access computers. Like all software...
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New Accessibility Features in Windows 10 Fall Creators and Redstone 4

New features for Fall Creators Update Like JAWS and NVDA, keyboard help is now available in Narrator. Press Caps+1 to turn on or off. This feature tells you...
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How to Fix Magnifier issues after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Are you experiencing jerky movements or jumping around the screen when using Magnifier with the Windows 10 update? The Windows 10 Fall Creators update has two...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user...
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Microsoft Edge Accessibility with JAWS and NVDA

Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.  Edge is included in Windows 10 and is replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all...
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NVDA 2017.3 Updates

NVDA, a free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has recently released their third update for 2017.  This update includes contracted Braille input, Windows 10...
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Microsoft Learning Tools for OneNote: Accessibility Features

One in five students struggle with dyslexia - including many students who are also visually impaired.  Fully integrated into OneNote, Microsoft Learning Tools...
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Window-Eyes no longer being sold

Window-Eyes is no longer available in the US and Canada. Ai Squared is offering current Window-Eyes 9.x users to migrate to JAWS 18 at no cost.  For details...
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Will JAWS, ZoomText, and MAGic work with Windows 10 Creators update?

The next major Windows update, Window 10 Creators, is scheduled for public release in April 11, 2017.  If you are using JAWS, ZoomText or MAGic applications,...
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'Tell Me' Feature: Outlook 2016 and JAWS

The Ribbon contains the most frequently used tabs typically located at the top of your Microsoft Office applications.  When using a screen reader, such as JAWS...
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Urgent Notification: ZoomText and Window-Eyes compromised!

Forthcoming Startup Failures in ZoomText 10.1 and other Ai Squared Software products expected on or around January 26th.  Problem The digital certificate...
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Accessibility Improvements for Windows 10

Want to know more about the accessibility of the newly released Windows 10 Build 15002?   More inclusive experience out of the box Narrator support for...
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What's New in Office 365: October 2016

Check out the new Office 365 for Microsoft Windows!  There are a number of new features including in 2016, including  Editor (spelling, grammar, writing...
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NVDA 2016.3 update and Basic Training for NVDA eBook

NVDA 2016.3 is now available for download.  NVDA is a free screen reader from NV Access.  Highlights of this release include: Ability to disable individual...
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Windows 10 Upgrade for Assistive Technology Users

For the general public, the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29, 2016.  However, if you use assistive technologies, you can still receive the...
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What's new in JAWS 17 Screen Reading Software (MathML Content in Braille)

Like most software companies, Freedom Scientific continues to improve and release updates for JAWS, a PC screen reader.  Previously, JAWS 16 introduced verbal...

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