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VIP Software Guides

The VIP Software Guides website (based out of the UK) for users of JAWS screen reading software, has detailed and helpful guides for how to use JAWS with various operating systems, the internet, email, and more.  The guides are free and in HTML format.

Operating Systems Guides
Windows XPWindows VistaWindows 7Windows 8 - The newest version of Windows is giving almost everyone a headache, regardless of visual acuity. In this section, you can learn about using JAWS with the start screen, the app display, the taskbar, searching, and file explorer, as well as how to customize the start screen and other features. Other Guides
Internet - Including IE 8, Wikipedia, HTML, and websites for free audio recordingsEmail - Including Outlook Express and GmailAudio software - Audacity and Windows Media PlayerThere are also some guides for screen magnifiers and a links page.

If I Believe

By Donna J. Jodhan

If I believe in me, then others will believe too and in turn, if I believe in others then soon the world will start believing.  This has been my motto for all of my life and it continues to work for me.

When I was a kid, I believed that if I worked hard enough I could achieve my objectives at school and it worked.  When I was a teen I believed that if I pushed myself hard enough I could accomplish my goals to obtain a master's degree in Business administration and you know what?  I was one of the first blind persons in Canada to graduate with a master's degree in business administration from McGill University.

When I graduated, I believed that if I tried hard enough, I could become a member of any blue chip Canadian company and you know what?  I did it in grand style.  I worked for companies like the Bank of Montreal, IBM Canada, and the Royal Bank of Canada. Through good times and bad times, I kept on believing in myself and when I was downsized in the 90s, I …

Sacred Texts: Where to Get Them in Alternate Media

Alliance Ministries Audio BiblesThis organization, based out of Brandenton, Florida, will put an audio version of a Bible onto a blank NLS cartridge. All the customer needs to do is send them a blank cartridge with a note specifying which version of the Bible is wanted, ie. King James Version, etc. Other than the cost to ship the cartridge to Alliance Ministries, the service is free. 

Mail the blank cartridge to:


DAISY Online for Book Port DT

APH is excited to announce the first U.S. implementation of DAISY Online! This amazing service utilizes the features of the new Book Port DT to provide users the ability to find, download and play DAISY content without the need for a computer! DAISY, or Digital Accessible Information System, is an international standard for the Digital Talking Book (DTB).

The debut of DAISY Online brings Newsweek and Readers Digest—which APH has provided in braille and audio formats free of charge for many decades—to the Book Port DT!

In addition, DAISY Online makes available, to those Book Port DT users who are registered with Bookshare, access to Bookshare’s collections of accessible books, newspapers, and more. Bookshare currently provides access to more than 175,600 titles.

 The Migel Library has now made over 1,000 books from its research collection available free of charge in DAISY format. The Migel is one of the largest historical collections of non-medical books and magazines related t…

What's Your Type? A Key to Input Methods for VoiceOver Users

Cooper Kendall's Story

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