[Athen] Best calendars to use for VI

Bundy, Keith Keith.Bundy at dsu.edu
Tue Feb 10 14:56:40 PST 2015

I use JAWS with the calendar in Outlook 2010 daily and have no major issues. Sometimes the interface is just a bit sluggish, but that could be this particular computer. Other than that, it works very well!

Keith Bundy, MS
Dakota State University
Phone: 605-256-5121
Email: keith.bundy at dsu.edu<mailto:keith.bundy at dsu.edu>

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Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 4:45 PM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Best calendars to use for VI

Hi Mitchell,

Yes - Zimbra is not going to play well with JAWS. One option may be to consider MS Outlook to sync with the Zimbra calendar. I have not tested JAWS and Outlook compatibility in some time, but there are a number of resources that could provide useful. I am not sure which version of Outlook you would have access to, so here is a few options for 2010 and 2013:

MS Outlook 2010 from the Keyboard:

A Guide for Configuring Outlook with JAWS (Outlook 2010):

An Immersion into Outlook 2013 with JFW (this looks like something you have to purchase):

Outlook 2013 Lesson:

Take care,

On Feb 10, 2015, at 1:48 PM, Lisa Brandt <lisa.brandt1 at pcc.edu<mailto:lisa.brandt1 at pcc.edu>> wrote:

It looks like Zimbra does support CalDAV: http://wiki.zimbra.com/wiki/CalDav_Support

Rather than exporting, you could sync a desktop app via CalDAV. I'm not sure which desktop software works best with JAWS, but many should be able to sync that way.

On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:19 PM, Mitchell Stoddard <mstoddar at sfu.ca<mailto:mstoddar at sfu.ca>> wrote:
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 mi!
ght 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

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