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National Federation of the Blind to Distribute JAWS® Training Bundle on an NLS Cartridge

(St. Petersburg, Florida - April 22, 2015)

The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for access by the blind to information and technology, is pleased to be distributing the Job Access with Speech (JAWS) Training Bundle developed by Freedom Scientific, the manufacturer of the powerful JAWS screen reader and other popular access technologies. The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market is exclusively selling the JAWS Training Bundle on cartridges designed for use with the free DAISY playback equipment available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS). This training solution contains over fifty hours of training in the DAISY audio format on how to use JAWS with your computer. All training is performed by JAWS-certified instructors from Freedom Scientific. Topics include JAWS basics, using JAWS with Windows 7 and 8 and with Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013, using JAWS on the internet, reading PDF files with JAWS, and more.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The National Federation of the Blind is committed to providing useful products and resources to blind Americans, and to ensuring that they have access to training on the use of cutting-edge technologies. Working with Freedom Scientific to make the JAWS Training Bundle available to more blind people in a format that they can easily use is certainly consistent with our mission and represents another great milestone in the productive relationship we are building with Freedom Scientific, one of the leading innovators in the access technology field.”

John Blake, CEO of Freedom Scientific, said: "Our JAWS Training Bundle is designed to complement the training provided by teachers of the visually impaired and to promote self-study. Thanks to the NFB’s support and commitment, this partnership will provide more students and professionals the opportunity to develop their computer skills to achieve their professional and personal goals.”

Ellen Ringlein, manager of the NFB Independence Market, said: “We are proud to offer the JAWS Training Bundle in this portable format, which affords users many advantages. Since the training content is on an NLS cartridge, legally blind individuals can obtain playback equipment from their library for the blind at no charge. Students can now study the JAWS training materials from the comfort of their own homes and learn at their own pace. It is easy to start and stop training, jump to or repeat particular lessons, and access specific parts of the training for reference whenever needed. Purchasing the training bundle is less expensive per hour than paying for one-on-one training. Offering the JAWS Training Bundle in this format represents exactly the kind of usefulness and convenience that we strive for in all of our NFB Independence Market product offerings.”

For more information about the JAWS Training Bundle on the NLS cartridge or other products and literature available from the NFB Independence Market, please email or call (410) 659-9314, extension 2216. You may also browse our catalog and ecommerce site online.

About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Freedom Scientific is part of Vispero™. Vispero has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through Vispero's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

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