[Athen] Best calendars to use for VI

Mitchell Stoddard mstoddar at sfu.ca
Tue Feb 10 12:19:17 PST 2015

Hi Folks,

We have a student who has profound visual loss and who relies on Jaws to access written materials. He is seeking a volunteer position at the university which will involve staffing an active front desk in the recreation centre. The position requires that he be able to check and confirm appointments and make and enter new appointments for the various services (e.g., yes we have available sessions with a private trainer on the Thursday...John is usually available on Tuesday's but not next week). The university (and the rec centre) uses a Zimbra based calendar (Connect), and we are finding that the use of Jaws to navigate the calendar is really problematic. We have considered segmenting the calendar so as to limit the amount of information that is displayed on each view. We would also be interested in whether there are other calendar programs that might work better with Jaws (we would consider exporting the information from Zimbra to an alternate calendar program - which might allow the student to more readily check and confirm appointments).

Any recommendation regarding calendar software which is easy to navigate for those with visual impairment who are using Jaws?

Thanks for your thoughts.


Mitchell Stoddard, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Director, Centre for Students with Disabilities
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive (1250 MBC)
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Phone: 778-782-3313
Email: mitchell_stoddard at sfu.ca

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