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When do you make the transition from magnification programs to voice over?

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Do you struggle to view the computer screen?

Do you strain to find the mouse pointer or cursor?

Is magnification not helping?

Do you get frustrated searching for and finding information on websites?

Does magnification effect your productivity?

Does the computer you use directly affect your employment?

If you have answered yes to one, or more of the above questions, it is time to transition to a voice over program such as JAWS or NVDA.

Although ZoomText allows the user to magnify the computer screen to a comfortable size for viewing. It may not be the best choice to accommodate your needs. If you are using zoomText at six times or higher magnification, you are not as efficient, or productive as you could be. Additionally, depending on your eye condition the magnification and other accessibility settings may not help.

Transitioning to a stand-alone screen reader has many advantages. For example, you build up your listening skills. Thus, you read and comprehend faster than your visual counterpart.

Voiceover software has built in shortcuts that aid in quicker navigation in the software applications you use.

Initially, there is a learning curve to change from using a mouse to using Windows keystrokes, but the benefits are enormous.

You will build confidence, as well as, stronger computer skills. You will reduce the amount of time you waste visually searching for words, sentences, links and information on the computer screen. Therefore, making you more competent and efficient as you perform your daily computer related tasks at work.

If you are struggling to make the change to voice over software, please contact your local Vision Loss Rehabilitation office for technology support and training.

Chris Parchman, Technology Specialist, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan, a CNIB Organization, Regina Office

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