JAWS Training from Freedom Scientific

JAWS® screen reading software for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read Web pages. With a refreshable braille display, JAWS can also provide braille output in addition to, or instead of, speech. An array of versatile features and customizable options lets you tailor JAWS for your individual needs and preferences.

Freedom Scientific provides many different forms of JAWS training. Take advantage of our FREE training materials or come to one of our workshops.

What's New in JAWS 15 DAISY and MP3 Files Posted

Listen to Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management, as he discusses What's New in JAWS 15 (DAISY 27.3 MB). This DAISY book is also available as an MP3 audio download.

If you would rather download the MP3 file, choose this link MP3 version of the What's New in JAWS 15 (29.5 MB).

JAWS Basic Training

NOTE: The Basic Training for JAWS beginning with JAWS version 13 and later is generic, and is not specific to any particular version of JAWS. The lessons teach concepts and as time goes on, both JAWS and Windows will change. Also, your computer, as well as your version of JAWS, may be configured differently than the ones used in the Basic Training. Therefore what you hear on your computer could vary slightly from what you hear in the Basic Training. For example, newer modules may use Windows 8, and some of you may still be using Windows 7 or prior versions. You should be able to follow along just fine even if there are some slight differences. If you need training for versions prior to JAWS 13, please visit the Freedom Scientific Training Archives page.

The JAWS DAISY training materials contain narrated audio and text, as well as practice files. The Basic Training is also available in MP3 files. Download and extract them to the folder of your choice on your computer. The audio files were extracted from our JAWS Basic Training DAISY book for those of you who wish to listen to them in an alternate format. For example, you could put them on a portable MP3 player, or perhaps burn them to a CD for easy listening. Click this link to go to the JAWS MP3 files section on the training downloads page. If you want the whole text and any associated practice files (where available), please choose the DAISY files on the Training Downloads page.

You can also receive the JAWS Basic Training by requesting the JAWS demo DVD from your local dealer or from the Freedom Scientific Sales Department (1-800-444-4443 or 1-727-803-8000).

There are several different types of DAISY files located on the Freedom Scientific Web site. They include:

  • The JAWS, MAGic, and PAC Mate Basic Training
  • What's New for JAWS or MAGic
  • Topics of interest about various JAWS, MAGic, and PAC Mate features, such as an Introduction to Office 2013, Introduction to Windows® 8, Introduction to the Windows Mobile® Environment, Creating Accessible Excel® Forms, Skim Reading, Column and Row Titles in Excel, Custom Labels, PlaceMarkers, and much more

To install DAISY training materials downloaded from our Web site, press ENTER on the file name in Windows Explorer. A dialog box appears, asking if you want to install the DAISY files. Answer "Yes" and the installation begins. The training materials for JAWS and MAGic automatically install to the location where FSReader DAISY player knows to look for them for each product. The training materials for PAC Mate can be installed to a location of your choosing.

Keystrokes for JAWS in HTML and PDF Format

Visit the miscellaneous training files section for JAWS on the training downloads page to get a list of JAWS Keystrokes in either HTML or PDF format.

Surf's Up! Surfing the Internet with JAWS

Learn how to surf the Internet using JAWS. Teach yourself how to get the most out of the World Wide Web. Visit the Surf's Up! Web site to go to the live site to practice and learn or choose the link to download a copy of Surf's Up to install on your local hard drive. This is great for training situations where Internet access is not available!

Scripting Manual and the Freedom Scientific Developer Network (FSDN)

The JAWS Help system provides a great place to start learning how to write basic scripts. Freedom Scientific also provides a Basics of Scripting Manual you can download from the link to the training downloads page below. With this guide, you can learn more about writing scripts for Freedom Scientific products. Also be sure to check out our Script Writing workshops offered in Saint Petersburg and also available at your location.

The Basics of Scripting manual has been updated to coincide with the latest versions of JAWS. You will also find a few new sections along with a new chapter on Windows program structure. Learn about the basics of Windows hierarchy as well as how to use the Script Utility Mode in JAWS to explore Windows applications. The new sections include:

  • Nested If Statements
  • Compound If Statements
  • Looping
  • Windows Hierarchy
  • Reassigning Window Classes
  • The Home Row Utility
  • Customizing an Unknown Application
  • Debugging Script Files

The Freedom Scientific Software Developer Network (FSDN) contains a list of all the script functions that are built into JAWS screen reading and MAGic® screen magnification software. It also supports the latest PAC Mate features and several popular Pocket PC applications developed by and for Freedom Scientific. You may want to read through the Basics of Scripting Manual before tackling the FSDN.

Download the Basics of Scripting Manual and FSDN on the training downloads page.

Archives of Prior Versions of Training Materials

The training archives contain older material, but you may still find them useful. For the most recent materials, please check the DAISY and MP3 materials on the main training pages. Visit the archives section of the training downloads page for prior versions of our training materials.

Contact us at training_info at FreedomScientific.com