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Accessibility Resources & Services: Jaws

A resource guide for library accessibility and assistive technology available at the City College of New York.

JAWS Screen Reader

JAWS for Windows Logo What is JAWS?

JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a screen reader program for Microsoft Windows developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides text-to-speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications not designed for accessibility. 

Introduction to JAWS

Video Courtesy of Statewide Vision Resource Centre, Australia.

Useful Tools: JAWS Screen Reader

Features: JAWS Screen Reader

  • Two multilingual synthesizers: Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive
  • Talking installation
  • Built-in free DAISY Player and formatted basic training books
  • Works with Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and many more
  • Convenient OCR feature provides access to text within PDF documents