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Editor's Note: This article is reprinted from the Buckeye Bulletin (Summer 1996), a publication of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio

Q. I am fairly new to the world of computers, and right now I have a DOS-based system. All of my sighted colleagues are using Windows. Is it possible for a blind person to use Windows?

A. Several of the major producers of screen-reading programs have had Windows-access programs on the market for some time now. I am using Artic Winvision to operate within a Windows environment. JAWS and GW Micro also have Windows screen-reading programs available. Blazie Engineering also has a product called Windows Master.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic has tutorials for Windows available in an ASCII format. There is no charge for the disks, but you must pay the cost of shipping. I have obtained tutorials for Windows 3.1, and MS Word. The choice of which screen-reading program is yours to make, but one thing is certain -- blind people do Windows.

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