[Athen] AT software causing problem with IT loadsets

Bob Shimmin bshimmin at bakersfieldcollege.edu
Mon Jan 25 10:06:03 PST 2016

In answer to your question about putting AT software on the lab image, we have not experienced any problems. We have Kurzweil 3000, Jaws, and Read & Write Gold in all labs and in some labs we have also added ZoomText and Dragon (because of the limited number of licenses we have).

The only performance issue we have run across is the login time. The more software, of any kind, you have the longer the login time will be. We use a product called DeepFreeze which does not save any of the users settings or information for that session once the computer is rebooted. So each time the user logs in it is like logging in for the first time and the profile has to be rebuilt.

Bob Shimmin
Bakersfield College
Systems Support Specialist

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 9:52 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] AT software causing problem with IT loadsets

It used to be a real problem, in particular when one piece of AT would fight with another. I have done recent testing for several years and this is no longer the case. I do a regular training in which we load up the four major screen readers at the same time and other than getting quad TTS no BSDs.

Ron Stewart

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Howard Kramer <hkramer at ahead.org<mailto:hkramer at ahead.org>> wrote:
Hello All:

Does anyone know of a reason to avoid putting AT software (JAWS for example) into IT loadsets (computer lab software configurations) so that this software can be distributed across campus computers? Our IT contact feels it might cause the systems to be unstable. I know this can sometimes happen. How have you addressed this on your campuses?


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