[sasi] just Poking My Nose In
maple1157 at netzero.com
Fri Jan 22 01:35:50 GMT 2010
Absolutely right, glad there are so many choices for us out there since
everyone is different.
I'd like to know if anyone has checked out the "Def Blind Communicator" from
(I think) Humanware. Also, has anyone attended the Helen Keller school?
Dave, glad you stuck around with us!
From: sasi-bounces at acb.org [mailto:sasi-bounces at acb.org]On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:09 PM
To: sasi, (sight and sound impaired) discussion list
Subject: Re: [sasi] just Poking My Nose In
Hi, Michele, et al,
Actually I have used System Access to some extent but I have found NVDA and
it's newest incarnations to be superior except for the E-speak voices but
there are admittedly questionable remedies for that as far as a more
traditional voice is concerned. But I am using a variety of SAPI 4 & 5
voices that avoid that issue. Meanwhile, I have found NVDA to rival JFW &
Window Wyes as NVDA now supports IE and Firefox as well as Adobe PDF and
Adobe Flash. I find it interesting to watch and monitor the progress they
are making. Very inspirational. But, then, I guess we all have our
favorites from our own particular points of viiew. I applaud them all.
Grandpa Dave in California,
pulling up a chair in the bavk of this room so as, hopefully, not to be too
intrusive, or downright obnoxious (wide grin flashing my dentures!).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michelle Sipe" <maple1157 at netzero.com>
To: "Dave Mack" <dcmack2 at comcast.net>; "sasi,(sight and sound impaired)
discussion list" <sasi at acb.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 5:25 PM
Subject: RE: [sasi] just Poking My Nose In
> Hi Grandpa Dave from CA! I am a pretty new member myself, from the redneck
> state, LOL (that's Pennsylvania) I have yet to introduce myself to the
> members! Hi all!
> Dave, have you ever heard of System Access? They have a free version you
> can down load that is better than what you are using. Just go to
> Now, I'll share a little about myself.
> I am 37 years old, married to my husband for over 15 years. I used to be
> very low vision but worked with it. Lost all my sight about 6 years ago.
> Wore hearing Aids since I was in second grade. Since going blind I have
> learned Grades 1 and 2 Braille, JAWS, gotten a full time job and come hom
> from Guide Dog Foundation in July with my first Guide Dog, a beauty of a
> black Lab named Abby.
> No kids, Niece and nephews though.
> Dave, even if you think you'll fit in better some place else, don't
> here. There is good information posted.
> Nice to meet everyone,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: sasi-bounces at acb.org [mailto:sasi-bounces at acb.org]On Behalf Of
> Dave Mack
> Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:38 AM
> To: sasi at acb.org
> Subject: [sasi] just Poking My Nose In
> Greetings, SASI Info members,
> I am new to this list and am just poking my nose in to check out if this
> the right group of folks I should be intruding on with my own particular
> needs and interests as a 67-year-old visually-impaired (legally blind)
> ex-computer geek, retired civil servant, and guardian of a 9-year-old
> granddaughter. My interests are in learning more about coping with
> advancing vision loss as I adjust, more and more, to this in my advancing
> years as my hereditary DNA takes its toll on the optical receptors and
> associated transmitters to the amazingly evolved homonid
> brain contained in my cranium.
> I am learning to use JAWS to some extent (the trial 40-minute version, as
> cannot afford the real deal) and am therefore focusing on use of the free
> open-source N VD A screen reader as my primary full-function screen
> I still have sufficient blurred and milky vision in one eye to use a mouse
> and am going to use it until I decide it is no longer an option. As far
> screen magnifiers go, I only use them in dire situations where my screen
> reader options have failed for some reason since I find magnifiers slow
> So, in a nutshell, that is where I am coming from - started losing vision
> years ago and now joining the screen reader community.
> If anyone on this list has suggestions for a more appropriate online group
> should join, I would sincerely appreciate it - or, if I should pull up my
> chair here and partake of whatever transpires here, I would be happy to
> Best regards,
> Grandpa Dave in California
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