[Athen] Microsoft Narrator

Pratik Patel pratikp1 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 11:06:45 PST 2017

If your university uses Windows 10 and constantly updates as major updates are released, then the student can use Narrator for most activities. For now, however, I’d recommend that she learn NVDA or JAWS. NVDA has a less of a learning curve.



From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Leyna Bencomo
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:59 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Microsoft Narrator


I have a new student who is newly blind and has been using Microsoft’s “Narrator” which is the in-the-box screen reader for Windows. She is not an expert by any means and is willing to learn another screen reader if I recommend it. I have no current knowledge of Narrator so I don’t feel qualified to answer her.

She is a freshman, an athlete and not majoring in a STEM program.

Why do my wise colleagues think? Does she need to learn JAWS or NVDA? Or can she stick with Narrator for her college career. BTW, she depends on her Android smartphone for most things.

Leyna Bencomo
Assistive Technology Specialist
Information Technology
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
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(719) 255-4202 / <mailto:lbencomo at uccs.edu> lbencomo at uccs.edu
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