Jaws is a screen reader for Windows computers. It speaks on-screen information using a synthetic voice, and can also be used with an (optional) braille display.
Jaws works with Windows XP and all later versions of Windows. It supports many popular applications including the Microsoft Office suite, the IBM Lotus Symphony suite, and browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Jaws comes with the Nuance Eloquence range of synthetic voices. You can also download higher quality voices from the Nuance Vocalizer Direct range, at no additional cost.
- Manufacturer: Freedom Scientific
- UK distributors: RNIB, Sight and Sound Technology
- Price: £650+
- Platform: Windows
Getting started with Jaws
You can download a trial version of Jaws from the Jaws Headquarters on the Freedom Scientific website. You can use the trial version for 40 minutes, and then you’ll need to restart your computer before using the trial version again.
Jaws has a built-in manual. You’ll find it in the Help > Jaws help topics menu. If you purchase Jaws on DVD, the manual is also available in DAISY format.
There is more information on the Freedom Scientific screen reader documentation page.
Training and tutorials for Jaws
Freedom Scientific offers online training for Jaws. Training covers a wide range of topics, presented in hour long lessons by members of the Freedom Scientific team.
- Freedom Scientific E-Learning
- Freedom Scientific Free training schedule
- Freedom Scientific paid training schedule
You can learn how to use the web with Jaws, using the Surf's Up area of the Freedom Scientific website.
BCAB also has a set of Get To Grips With… tutorials for Jaws. The tutorials teach you how to use Jaws with Windows 7, Microsoft Mail, Word 2010 and Internet Explorer.
Getting help with Jaws
BCAB runs an email discussion forum. The BCAB forum is for discussion about all kinds of technology, so it’s a great place to get help from Jaws users in the UK. It's free to join, just create an account.