[Athen] Blackboard Collaborate and JAWS

Hadi Rangin hadir at uw.edu
Tue May 31 18:35:20 PDT 2016

If you haven't got it running yet, you might want:

1. Make sure that the Ease of Access Center -> Use computer without the display -> Java Access Bridge is turned on.

2. Make sure that the Java runtime plug-in for your browser is installed and enabled.

3. Run always Jaws/NVDA before starting the BB Collaborate.

4. BB Collaborate works also fine with NVDA; you might want to give it a try.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Varnado, Jason
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:30 PM
To: athen-list at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Athen] Blackboard Collaborate and JAWS

Good afternoon,
Any thoughts on this situation would be much appreciated:
JAWS is working fine with Collaborate on a computer in my office: 64bit JAWS 13, 64bit Java, Java bridge set, 64 bit windows 7
JAWS is not working with Collaborate on student's computer: 32bit JAWS 14, 32bit Java, Java bridge set, 32 bit windows 7

Other than the difference in JAWS versions and the bit values, we have everything else set up the same (including, as far as I can see, all of JAWS's settings). On the 64bit machine JAWS verbalizes everything as the student navigates around Collaborate, on the 32bit machine JAWS states only the key pressed while navigating ("tab, tab, tab, f6, f6, f6") and none of the text or other elements.


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