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Blog - November 2012

Why Do We Read & Write Blog Posts?

People write blogs as a way to express themselves and their knowledge or expertise. People read blogs as a source of information or because they find the writer interesting.

Blogs are extremely useful, both to the writer and the reader. The writer may have a lot of knowledge to share, and the reader may want an informal way to learn about a topic. Some people use blogs to find other people with similar problems, issues or situations

Blogging is an excellent way to keep your writing skills sharp.  It’s also a great way to interact with people by posting on forums, discussion lists, networks & other larger social media sites, such as twitter & facebook, to educate, advocate & learn.

It’s a great way to find out new and informative information

Jaws 14

I am pleased to report the release of Jaws 14 has finally hit the market.

On October 22, 2012 jaws 14 was released, beating Microsoft's Windows 8 release scheduled on October 26, 2012.

As I stated in an earlier blog the release of Jaws 14 is supposed to include support for Windows 8 and the support for the new SAPI speech synthesizer, known as Vocalizer.

The nice thing about this software synth is that it gives fantastic response when typing text into a word processor.  One important question which comes to mind is - will this synthesizer replace the default Eloquence synthesizer which comes standard with Jaws?

Update on Windows 8

As promised I told you that I would report on my findings of Windows 8.

As you all know Windows 8 was released on October 26, 2012.  I have personally  picked up a couple of copies of Windows 8 Pro Edition.

At the cost of $69.99 who could go wrong with that price.  Microsoft states that the price will not increase until January 31 2013.

How to Write a Successful Blog

You should be aware that there is no "standard" blog approach. There are no hard and fast rules on how to blog.

The top advice for writing a blog is:

The Expanded Core Curriculum

In a previous blog post, it was noted that parents often become the very first advocates for their children with visual impairments. That post provided several useful resources, but this discussion will focus on another important theme: the expanded core curriculum. What is it and why does it matter?

While not an exhaustive overview, this discussion notes some of the specialized services that may be available to a child with a visual impairment in a regular, mainstream school.

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