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Educational ValueKids with blindness can learn to use a computer as well as navigate the internet. They’ll use motor skills as well as patience and perseverance as they learn the many keyboard commands; there could be some frustration before they begin to experience success. Once that happens, though, they’re on their way to complete access to the computer, the digital world and are learning a life-long skill, and they’ll be motivated to learn even more. Kids familiar with JAWS will navigate Windows every bit as skillfully as their sighted peers.
Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that JAWS is a downloadable "screen reader" application that can enable a kid with a visual disability or blindness to completely navigate and use almost all programs on a Windows-based computer. Although kids as young as 8 can learn basic commands fairly quickly, using JAWS to its full potential requires a steep learning curve. This includes lots of memorization, complex sets of simultaneous key commands, and customization. However, it's the most popular screen reader on the market these days, and the promise of complete computer access and control should be a strong motivator for most kids.
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