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Live: Using the JAWS Screen Reader to Create Better Digital Content

taught by: Rachele DiTullio

Session Summary

Learn the basics of using the JAWS screen reader to navigate webpages and documents. Find out the common issues that using a screen reader can detect, as well as ways to improve your content for people with vision and cognitive impairments.


If you have never experienced a screen reader or want to try using one yourself, this course is for you. People with vision impairments rely on screen readers to communicate the contents of web pages and documents though not everyone who uses a screen reader is blind. Attendees will get tips to help them test their content, while also sharing navigation and reading techniques that screen reader users typically use.

Attendees will learn:

  • What a screen reader is and what it does
  • Keyboard commands for navigating
  • Focus management and focus indicators for links and buttons
  • Considerations for forms
  • How to access tabular data in a table
  • How to make complex images accessible

Check your school email address to see if you qualify for a free home annual license of JAWS. All students, faculty and staff of an educational institution in the United States with up-to-date multi-user licenses of JAWS are entitled to receive free home annual licenses for their personally owned equipment.

Class Materials

Practical Skills

  • Knowing how to use a screen reader makes you a better content creator and web developer.
  • PDFs have many accessibility issues.
  • Word documents or HTML can reformat PDF data into accessible information.