[Athen] Excel 2010 & JAWS

Erin Lauridsen erinlau at umich.edu
Thu Jul 17 06:55:53 PDT 2014

Hi Liz,
I’ve trained many JAWS users on Microsoft Excel over the last few years, and in my experience, a conceptual understanding of the spacial arrangement of data on a spread sheet is critical.
Depending on a student’s learning style, and previous experience with tables, charts, and graphs, being able to conceptualize columns, rows, coordinates and data regions can sometimes present an initial challenge. I’ve often used Braille or tactile diagrams to convey these concepts when a student is just starting out.
I too am coming up short as to free training resources. Access Technology Institute does have an Excel textbook for sale, which I’ve found to be a solid resource in the past.


On Jul 17, 2014, at 9:35 AM, Prickett, Elizabeth <Elizabeth.Prickett at victoriacollege.edu> wrote:

> Good morning!


> We just found out that we have a student who is blind who is planning on taking an Excel 2010 course next month. I’ve not met the student yet, but our disability advisor reports that she is a Braille and JAWS user. However, it sounds like she is not very proficient with JAWS or any other technology.


> I have a good many resources on how to create more accessible Excel 2010 spreadsheets as well as a list of keystrokes. I’m wondering if anyone has advice that I could pass along to the instructor on how to teach Excel with a student who is blind in the class? Or, do you have any ideas that I could pass along to the student on how to get more familiar with JAWS and Excel? I know that Freedom Scientific usually has some training materials online, but I haven’t been able to locate what I was looking for yet.


> I’m not sure what version of JAWS the student has on her personal computer, but she’ll be using JAWS 14 in the computer classroom.


> Thanks so much for any insight you may have! Have a wonderful weekend,


> Liz Prickett

> Alternative Media Specialist

> Center for Academic & Professional Excellence (CAPE)

> Victoria College

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> Victoria, TX 77901

> Elizabeth.Prickett at VictoriaCollege.edu

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