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By Dr. Maurice Leatherbury, Senior Director of Academic Computing

Jaws Screen Reading Software Available

A new service for persons with vision disabilities is now available on campus computers. That service is a software package called "JAWS." Quoting from the vendor of Jaws, 

"JAWS (Job Access With Speech) provides speech technology that works with your Windows 95/98/Me or Windows NT/2000 operating system to provide access to today's popular software applications and the Internet. JAWS uses an integrated voice synthesizer and your computer's sound card to output the content of your computer screen to speakers. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays."

The software, purchased with funds made available by Dr. Kesterson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, may be installed on any computer on campus (however, we are not licensed to distribute it for home use.) If you or someone in your office needs the capability of having text on your screen read out loud by Jaws, contact your network manager* to get Jaws installed.

*A reminder for Network Managers: Some JAWS manuals have been placed in Willis library for checkout at the Reserve Desk.The Computing Center Helpdesk also has three manuals for their reference. Contact Andrew McGregor (x7688) if you would like a manual for your personal use or have other questions.



RSS Wants YOU!

Position: Statistical Consultant
Description: The Computing Center is looking for a part-time Statistical Consultant in the Research and Statistical Support Office. The Statistical Consultant is responsible for providing consulting and software support services in the office. Duties include statistical consulting (supporting statistical packages including SPSS, SAS, S-Plus, LISREL and Eviews), supporting operating systems (including Windows, MacOS, CMS, OS/MVS and UNIX) and database management. S/he will also work on special projects as directed.
Requirements: Candidates must be able to speak excellent English and deal effectively with the public and have experience in using two or more of the above-mentioned statistical packages and operating systems. S/he must have a Bachelor's degree and have completed upper level research method courses that involve statistical applications.Possession of a Master's Degree will be an advantage.
Wage: $8.5 - 12 an hour, commensurate with working experience.
Hours: 15 hours per week.