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VA Technical Reference Model v 20.4

Job Access With Speech (JAWS)
Job Access With Speech (JAWS) Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Job Access With Speech (JAWS) is a software speech synthesizer, which uses the computer sound card to read aloud information from the screen for vision-impaired individuals. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays which provides braille support of any screen as a supplement or alternative to speech. This software is designed to improve speed, comprehension and efficiency of vision-impaired readers.

The application supports the use of an optional vendor supplied dongle for application portability. A Universal Serial Bus (USB) version of the application can also be used to provide much of the same functionality as the dongle. The scope of this review is the desktop JAWS application only.

This product does not store data, nor does it require the use of a database.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This product is accessible. It is 508-compliant and needs no further assessment before use in VA. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov. Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions..
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v19.11
Decision Date: 11/26/2019
Introduced By: Extended Tool List (ETL)
Vendor Name: Freedom Scientific
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (11/26/2019).