This month, Positive People funded a participant with sight loss to partake in a four day Jaws training session with one of the UK’s leading Jaws trainers, Graham Longly from Aspire Consultancy.
JAWS enables people with vision loss to independently use a computer with a keyboard, speech, or Braille display. You can navigate the Internet, write a document, create spreadsheets and presentations, email correspondence, and much more from your office, remote desktop, and from home.
The participant, who has been a freelance journalist for several years was interested in expanding her business and venturing into the world of online blogging, social media promotion and gaining more followers online. She understood the importance of having an online presence and could see that many media outlets these days are online.
Graham designed a package of training tailed to the participants needs. He started off with the basic JAWS commands, ensuring easy access into the laptop and navigation around the Windows desktop and emails. We then went into more specific commands and account setups within Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, demonstrating how to make the best of each social media platform with regards to blogging and journalism. Towards the end of the sessions we had a refresher with JAWS and the Office 365 package, in particular writing reports in Word and collating costs and expenses in Excel.
Overall these sessions were invaluable for the participant, who now has the skills and confidence to expand the business and continue being independent.
A basic introduction/walkthrough can be found here.