Access for Visually Impaired
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This page describes the software supported by George Mason that can aid employees and students who are visually impaired due to blindness or low vision. Assessments and training for the following software can be provided by the ATI at the Fairfax campus. These technologies are also available in the AT Labs in campus libraries. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
JAWS For Windows
*JAWS for Windows from Freedom Scientific, is screen reading software for computers running any Windows operating system. It reads the information that is on the screen to benefit those users who are blind or have significant low-vision. All information including menu bars, text in word processors, email, web pages, and information found in dialog boxes is provided through speech output. Visit the links below under JAWS Training for more information.
JAWS Training Resources
JAWS Office 2007-2010 Training
JAWS with Blackboard
*NVDA is a free screen reading software developed by NV Access that enables the visually impaired to use their computer. Like JAWS, it is available only for Microsoft Windows and can be downloaded to any PC or onto a USB drive. At Mason, NVDA is installed on the AT Lab computers. To download NVDA, visit: *NVDA Download Website.
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader for Mac & Windows
*Zoomtext Magnifier/Reader from AiSquared, is a Windows/Mac based software program that enlarges the screen image up to 32X its typical size. It is very useful for those with low-vision or who suffer from eye-strain. It also provides screen reading capabilities so that you can see and hear everything you’re doing in different applications. Zoomtext is very compatible with Microsoft Office as well as internet applications. Visit the links below to download a FREE trial of Zoomtext or view the demo video to see Zoomtext in action!
ZoomText Demo Video
The Zoomtext Keyboard is designed for anyone who struggles to see the small keys on their keyboard. The Zoomtext keyboard has easy to see buttons with enlarged 36 point font and contrasted colors. The keyboard comes in either white letters on a black background, or black letters on a yellow background. It also features Quick Access keys at the top of the keyboard that you can use in conjunction with the Zoomtext software. See the demo video below for more information.