[Athen] SPSS Version 22 access with JAWS Version 16

Teresa Haven Teresa.Haven at nau.edu
Wed Aug 19 10:02:39 PDT 2015

Hi, Jeff. We explored SPSS 22 and JAWS (multiple versions - 14, 15, and 16) last academic year. We could technically get it working, but it was highly unstable even on a high-powered machine, and would never consistently work with JAWS through a single work session. There didn't seem to be any one trigger for collapse, but at some random point in every work session, JAWS would simply stop talking in SPSS, although it would continue to function otherwise, and the only solution would be to exit SPSS, reboot the computer, and start over, which wasn't productive. Our major testers were a faculty member/Ph.D. student who uses JAWS on a regular basis and his statistics professor, who is interested in improving the accessibility of his courses, in the context of a graduate-level statistics course, so the software combination got a lot of testing by experienced end users. We're hoping IBM will continue to work on the issue and make more strides in improving the accessibility of the product.

Sorry to not have better results to report,

Teresa Haven, Ph.D.
Accessibility Analyst, Northern Arizona University

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Bishop, Jeff - (jeffbis)
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 9:50 AM
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Subject: [Athen] SPSS Version 22 access with JAWS Version 16

Hello Everyone,

We have a student that will be enrolling in a statistics course this fall. They will be utilizing SPSS version 22. I know from looking at IBM's documentation that it is possible to get it set up using the Java Access Bridge. Does anyone here have experience with this and once configured how accessible SPSS is with JAWS? Has anyone also explored other options running in iOS or on the Mac for this type of application?


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