[Athen] reading options and Surface

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Fri Jan 11 12:38:34 PST 2019

Thanks! I'll have to check to see exactly what she has when she brings the device in. She wasn't sure except she does not have a Pro. I'm afraid Narator and/or NVDA is going to be over kill for her, but we will look at it.

Have a great weekend!

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913-288-7671
Email: rbeach at kckcc.edu<mailto:rbeach at kckcc.edu>

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of tristenbreitenfeldt at gmail.com
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 2:26 PM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] reading options and Surface

Hi Robert,
I, personally love Surface devices. There are a couple of free options for people who want/need to have text to speech capabilities. Since I don't know if the student is using Windows S mode or a full Windows 10 installation, I will break down the two options according to the configurations they apply to.

1. If running S mode, this means that only Windows utilities and applications from the Windows app store can be installed/run. So, their best bet is using Windows Narrator. Narrator is a full screen reader, which comes with the Windows OS. The most recent version of Narrator in Windows 1809 also has a handy getting started tutorial, which launches the first time you start Narrator. To start Narrator, either turn it on in the Ease of Access settings or simply press Ctrl+WindowsKey+Enter.
2. If the student has turned off S mode on the Surface, they are probably running a full version of Windows 10. This means they can install third party software in addition to Windows store apps. So, NVDA, a free, open-source screen reader can be installed. Or, they can use Narrator here too if they prefer.
Tristen Breitenfeldt
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