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Screen Readers: JAWS

This guide provides resources and information about screen readers.


NOTE: We do not officially endorse any assistive technology brand or software. The purpose of providing examples of specific assistive technologies is only to give users a better idea of the assistive technology available today.


Logo of JAWS for WindowsJAWS stands for Job Access With Speech and is a popular screen reader. JAWS works with Windows operating system and provides text-to-speech and braille output. JAWS was created in 1989 and has been helping users access technology since then.

Some features include:

  • Multi-lingual synthesizers
  • Free built-in DAISY player
  • Definition and research options
  • Supports touch screens and gestures

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