Standards List: Adaptive Technology

Screen Reader

The Department of Human Services has made a Statement of Assurance to provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless undue hardship would result.

  • BIT will set standards for assistive devices.
  • Telecommunications will set standards for the support of devices.
  • Bureau of Personnel will set standards for training employees with disabilities in the use of standard devices.

This technology will be applied to individual computers as new technology. This technology will be available to all employees requiring assistive technology.

Job Access With Speech (JAWS) Professional

JAWS (Job Access With Speech) provides speech output technology for Windows® 8.1 and 10 operating systems to provide access to today’s most popular software applications and with the Internet. JAWS uses an integrated voice synthesizer and the user’s computer sound card to speak information from what appears on the screen. JAWS can also display this information in Braille when used with refreshable Braille displays. JAWS provides access to a wide variety of information, education, and job related applications.

JAWS supports the following types of applications:

  • Email programs
  • Word processors
  • Spreadsheets
  • Web browsers
  • Project management and research tools
  • Contact management software
  • Presentation software
  • Web development tools
  • Software development tools
  • Database management software
  • Sound editing software

JAWS for Windows supports most standard Windows® applications, with enhanced functionality for applications used at home, in school, and in business environments. JAWS assists users to read complex web pages and has special Internet features, such as links lists, frames lists, easy access to forms, and logical reading of HTML tables.

JAWS is easily customized to user preference and needs, allowing for adjustment of voice pitch, rate and typing echo. The user can specify how much screen information is spoken.

Full product information can be found at


  • Talking installation – fast and easy
  • Two multi-lingual speech synthesizers - Eloquence™ and Vocalizer Expressive 2.2™ with great natural-sounding speech
  • DAISY-formatted basic training in text and audio
  • Fully compatible with MAGic® screen Magnification software
  • Output to popular refreshable Braille displays in computer or Grade 2 Braille
  • Supports MathML content form MathJax presented in Internet Explorer

Last Updated: 11/29/2017
Last Reviewed: 11/29/2017

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