[Athen] saving comments for JAWS access in ABBYY FineReader

foreigntype at gmail.com foreigntype at gmail.com
Fri May 21 14:23:48 PDT 2021

I have a student who is blind in my graduate class who is a JAWS user and
cannot access comments in the gradebook In Blackboard made on their
submitted written projects. The version of Blackboard that CUNY uses does
not provide access to the comments on graded material.

The student asked me to send a separate file of the comments by email
and/or grade their written project in Microsoft Word instead of online in
the gradebook. If I just provide the comments, they are no longer linked to
the text where the corrections belong. Removed from their context, the
comments don't make a lot of sense. I downloaded the student's project &
proceeded to do a redaction with comments in Abbyy FineReader 15.0. Abbyy
FineReader allows me to make the comments using Dragon
NaturallySpeaking which is something I can't use in Blackboard either.

Abbyy FineReader allows for a number of different types of export file
types, none of which include the comments. Do any of you have any quick
ideas or suggestions on how to export the comments and save them so I can
send them back to the student? Do you know if JAWS will have access to/read
the comments? I spent 4 hours on this so far and still have 10 more papers
to grade. I want to make sure the student gets the information that she
needs but I can't spend any more time trying to figure out how to enforce
the file to do something.

Any tips or suggestions are welcome! Thank you in advance.
Wink Harner
Accessibility Consultant/Alternative Text Production
The Foreign Type

Portland OR
foreigntype at gmailcom <foreigntype at gmail.com>

This email was dictated using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Please forgive
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