[Athen] AutoCad & Visually Impaired Student

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Wed Mar 15 15:00:01 PDT 2017

As was said, AutoCAD by its nature is inaccessible and likely to remain so
until we have some sort of paradigm shift around such programs.

That being said, you might look at OpenSCAD. I don't think that it will
completely replace everything the student needs to learn about AutoCAD, but
at least, it provides an experience of a graphic modeling program, and it is



Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
HTCTU Director


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Subject: [Athen] AutoCad & Visually Impaired Student

Does anyone have any experience working with a blind student using AutoCad?
I am working with a blind student who is taking an Intro to Engineering
class and having a lot of trouble with AutoCad accessibility. On AutoCad's
VPAT it states that the software provides information to the user via the
Microsoft Active Accessibility application. The best information that I
could find was that the Microsoft Active Accessibility is now the built in
Ease of Access Center. AutoCad doesn't work with JAWS and the narrator in
the Ease of Access Center doesn't make it very accessible either. Anyone
have any experience working with a blind or visually impaired student using

Nicole Despins

Assistive Technology Specialist/Math Liaison

Diablo Valley College


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