Compiled May, 1999, by Amy Ruell

EMPOWERMENT ZONE: Maintained by Jamal Mazrui: This web site has numerous technical guides and manuals in text form on many Windows applications
MICROSOFT: Accessible Product Documentation

If you have difficulty reading or handling printed materials, the documentation for many Microsoft products is also available in other formats to make them more accessible. Most information on using a product is available through the Windows Help system that is part of the Windows and Windows NT operating systems. Some products also include their full printed documents on the CD-ROM that comes with the package.

For some products, documentation is available separately as ASCII text files or on audio tape. You can download some of these titles from this Web site, or order them by phone, fax, or mail. Instructions are included below.

In the future, Microsoft intends to include accessible documentation with every product, either on the product CD-ROM or for download over the Internet. Our goal is to make the standard electronic documentation fully accessible, so there is no need for a special version, no delays, and no extra cost for customers with print impairments.

Titles Available For Download

The following titles were prepared for Microsoft by Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. Each package contains one or more titles as ASCII text files. Notations have been inserted to indicate paragraph breaks, headings, illustrations, tables, and other things that might otherwise be difficult to recognize:

Operating Systems
Introducing Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows NT Workstations Version 4.0
Microsoft Windows NT Server Version 4.0
Microsoft Office 97:
Getting Results with Microsoft Office 97
Building Applications with Microsoft Access 97
Microsoft Office 95:
Microsoft Office Version 7.0 Getting Results
Microsoft Access 95 Building Applications
Microsoft Office Version 4.2 and 4.3:
Microsoft Office Version 4.2 and 4.3 Getting Started
Microsoft Word Version 6.0 User's Guide
Microsoft Word Version 6.0 Quick Results
Microsoft Excel Version 5.0 Visual Basic User's Guide
Microsoft Excel Version 5.0 User's Guide
Microsoft Access Version 2.0 User's Guide
Microsoft Access Version 2.0 Building Applications
Microsoft Access Version 2.0 Getting Started
Microsoft PowerPoint Version 4.0 User's Guide
Courseware for Visually Impaired Students

To make courseware more accessible to visually impaired students, Microsoft offers Optic Packs for several of the most-popular Personal and Business Systems (PBS) courses. For more information, go to
Microsoft's Training and Certification site

Titles From Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

You can also obtain many Microsoft publications from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc. Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic distributes these documents to registered, eligible members of their distribution service on audio cassettes or on floppy disks. The Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic collection contains more than 80,000 titles, including Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press.
ONE-ONE COMPUTER TRAINING: (Cassette, CD Rom, and/or some bi-weekly bulletins.) Free trial for 30 days available: $225 each with 25% discount for quantities of four. They are intended for the general market but are generally usable by blind persons. Subjects include computer operation, operating systems such as Using DOS, Windows, Windows 95, and software specific tutorials. Titles includeWord for Windows, Excel,Powerpoint, Netscape, Dbase, Lotus 1-2-3, and more.
RECORDING FOR THE BLIND AND DYSLEXIC: (Cassette, e-text materials,in ascii and Book Manager.) Free audio cassette library of technical documentation for hardware and software. RFB&D distributes E-Text materials on computer disk in both ASCII and "Bookmanager" formats.


LISTENING TO WINDOWS(R)95: Training Kit for Users Who Are Visually Impaired or Blind:
American Printing House:
CD-Rom: $150.

Learn Windows (R) basics plus more advanced Windows techniques with the first interactive CD-ROM-based tutorial for Windows 95. The American Printing House for the Blind is pleased to release Listening to Windows 95, the first interactive CD-ROM-based tutorial for Windows. TECSO, Inc. (Technology and Society) of Montreal and APH have developed this kit of innovative training tools specifically for the visually impaired or blind PC user. Seven Tutorial Units Provided

The Listening to Windows 95 (LTW) training kit includes the first interactive auditory software to teach Windows basics. The kit contains a CD-ROM, tactile and large print guides to screen layouts, and a manual in four accessible media. The tutorial helps you learn main system and application features by means of keyboard navigation. Seven units presented on the CD-ROM cover Windows 95 basics, including:
* Introduction
* Desktop Features
* Explorer
* WordPad
* Help
* Control Panel
* Internet Overview


The LTW keyboard navigation uses function keys F6 through F12 to avoid conflicts with most common keyboard commands, allowing navigation keys to remain active during other programs. The navigation keys allow you to access lesson content, including previous, next, current, rewind, and fast-forward. Selections are available in four color schemes, including system colors. Navigation menus are both keyboard and mouse accessible.

Unlike other tutorials now available, LTW allows random access to a structured training content. The CD-ROM contains high quality audio, produced by APH's professional narrators, that plays through your computer sound card and speakers. The LTW software operates from the CD-ROM, thus requiring very little hard drive space.

The lessons provide instruction, hands on practice, and short quizzes. These practice exercises are not simulated, so full access to Windows is available at any time, encouraging you to explore the Windows environment. As you use the tutorial, the program saves your settings on exit so you can easily return later to your stopping place.

Recommendations to Run

A basic Pentium (R) multimedia computer running Windows 95 or Windows 98 is recommended. An advanced configuration section in the quick start describes how to set up Internet Explorer (R) 4.0 and Windows 98 to work more effectively with the tutorial, using the classic desktop features.

Included with Listening to Windows 95
* Software tutorial on CD-ROM (Intel (R) English format).
* Manual in large print, braille, cassette, and electronic formats. The manual contains warranty information, a quick start, and a section on common Windows keyboard commands.
* Tactile Guide in braille and large print that contains fourteen simplified screen layouts. The braille screen layouts are presented as raised-line drawings.
* 3-ring storage binder with CD-ROM and cassette holders.
Recommended ages: 11 years to adult.

CD-rom: $249: Free demo available:

Bartimaeus Group introduces a new concept in computer-based training for blind or visually impaired computer users, an interactive training CD for Windows(r) 95/98.

NavigAide(r) teaches individuals how to use the Windows(r) 95/98 operating system with a screen reader. Note: A Screen Reader is not required to use this CD.

Each course is part of a natural building block progression of instructions. The beginning user will gain confidence from training material that is clear and concise. The logically sequenced courses allow you to study at your own pace and work on a single lesson until you feel comfortable and successful. You also have the option to tailor the course to your own user level by selecting courses in an order that you choose.

NavigAide(r)provides a safe training environment by protecting you from pressing a key that puts you in an unknown place or application. You will build confidence and "keyboard memory" by actually using Windows(r) 95/98 keyboard commands. NavigAide(r) will help create the mental pictures necessary to understand what a sighted person sees on the screen. This controlled, safe environment lets you concentrate on course material and increase the speed of your learning curve.

Here is a look at the complete list of content found in the NavigAide for Windows 95 CD:

Chapter 1: Introducing Windows 95
0. Introduction
1. Logging On
2. A Quick Tour of the Desktop
3. Working with Windows 95
4. Working with the Menu Bar
5. Working with Dialog Boxes
6. Switching Applications

Chapter 2: Introducing the Start Menu
0. Introduction
1. General Overview
2. Program Element
3. Document Element
4. Settings Element
5. Find Element
6. Help Element
7. Run Element
8. Exiting Windows 95
9. Customizing the Start Menu

Chapter 3: Windows Explorer Basics
0. Introduction
1. Opening Windows Explorer
2. Overview Windows Explorer
3. Navigating in the Left and Right Panes

Chapter 4: Folders & Files Using Explorer
0. Introduction
1. Sorting, Viewing & Refresh Options
2. Creating, Naming, and Deleting Folders & Files
3. Restoring Deleted Folders & Files
4. Moving or Copying Folders & Files
5. Using & Customizing Send to Menu
6. Renaming Folders & Files

Chapter 5: Reading and Editing Text
0. Introduction
1. Positioning Cursor & Reading Text
2. Reading Selected Text
3. Editing Text

Chapter 6: Printing
0. Introduction
1. Installing a New Printer
2. Setting or Changing the Default Printer
3. How to Print a File
4. Inspecting a Print Queue

Chapter 7: Customizing Windows
0. Introduction
1. Introduction of Control Panel
2. Changing Logon Passwords
3. Setting Volume Levels

by Doug Wakefield
(Cassette) $75.00
Fergusson Enterprises (Limited Quantity)
by Chris Cross Technologies
(Cassette) $60.00:
Disability Specialtys, Fergusson Enterprises, Adaptive Technology Consulting, Hear and Know Enterprises, Maxi Aids:

This very popular 6-tape set begins with the basics of the start menu, dialog boxes, and opening and closing programs. It presents more advanced features of Windows 95 such as assigning sounds to events, changing color schemes, creating shortcuts and hot keys, and preventing conflicts with external synthesizers. You'll be taught how to use the keyboard to get around in Windows 95, but you'll learn basic mouse terminology and techniques so you'll know what to do when you run across a less-than-friendly program.

by top dot enterprises
(Cassette and diskette) $20:
Top Dot Enterprises, Ann Morris Enterprises, Disability Specialtys, Fergusson Enterprises, Hear and Know Enterprises:

This interactive tutorial is for the user who prefers the keyboard over the mouse. It assumes no prior knowledge of computers, and is geared both for those transitioning to Windows 95 from older operating environments and for new users. The supplemental disk contains a wealth of additional information and exercises.

Braille, Inc.:
Standard Print, $75.00 Audio Cassette, $75.00; Large Print, $120.00; Braille, $120.00

This book is written for the disabled user who must rely on the keyboard to access Microsoft Windows and for the blind user who needs verbal descriptions of Microsoft Windows. It is designed for classroom use as well as for individual study. This tutorial lists all keyboard commands by topic and offers extensive verbal descriptions of Microsoft Windows 95 & 98. All the essential aspects of the PC and Microsoft Windows are carefully explained. No prior knowledge of the PC or of Microsoft Windows is required.

A Verbal View of Windows is distributed in regular print (400+ pages, 12 point), in large print (900+ pages, 18 point), in Grade 2 Braille (900+ pages) and on 2-track audio cassette (8 tapes, 12.8 hours). All formats possess exactly the same content. This makes it possible for users with different formats to converse and learn on a par. (The complete table of contents is available in print, on disk or by email upon request.)

This book motivates and describes the visual interface for the benefit of all users. All family members, classmates or coworkers can read and share the same book to learn Microsoft Windows and keyboard techniques.

This book is written with 3 groups of users in mind: the power user (typical or disabled) who wants a complete and organized account of keyboard techniques, the disabled user who must rely on the keyboard instead of the mouse, and the blind user who must rely on the keyboard and also on voice or braille technology.

Technical material, needed by the advanced reader, is placed in Technical Notes and separated from the main text whenever possible. Material about voice and braille technology, specific to the blind reader, is placed in Access Notes and also separated from the main text whenever possible.

Emphasis and Scope

This book is written for the new user who wishes to access the PC, who wishes to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques employed by Microsoft Windows, and who wants to use Microsoft Windows with ease and facility and on a par with peers.

Some topics are discussed at length, although omitted from most books, because they greatly benefit the disabled user. This book is written for the user who has limited or no access to a training center and must learn independently. So topics like how to tell whether a floppy disk is label side up are included to reduce initial frustration.

This book is written for the user who wants or needs to access the PC primarily with the keyboard. The use of the keyboard is emphasized and summarized throughout this book. The keyboard and the mouse are compared whenever appropriate so the strengths and weaknesses of both are apparent.

This book is written for brand new and intermediate users, but instructors are kept in mind. Technical points of interest to instructors are placed in Remarks and in Technical Notes.

Comments about voice software used by the blind are presented in Access Notes and are kept generic. They're readily skipped over by the uninterested reader -- perhaps, a sighted or braille display user.

This book errs on the side of completeness. It assumes that the reader knows nothing about the PC and knows nothing about access technology for the disabled, and it attempts to offer short but adequate descriptions of all the necessary concepts in these areas.

This book also errs on the side of simplicity. It omits technical details that the reader may never need or care about but describes the visually obvious like the images that appear on the computer display for the benefit of the disabled reader. Those images commonly found in Microsoft Windows are described and illustrated, whenever possible, via tactile examples or by analogy to appliances found in a typical home. The intuitive motivation for these images is the important thing -- not whether the reader can or can't see them. Knowledge of these visual items lets the disabled reader communicate better with family members, friends, and coworkers and gives the disabled reader a sense of why Microsoft Windows is so popular among users of all skill levels.

This book primarily covers the way the user interacts with Microsoft Windows and other programs via the keyboard. This book devotes an entire part to the WordPad program, a word processor, that comes with Microsoft Windows. This handy program lets the reader practice the keyboard techniques presented throughout this book. (No reference is made to a program that the reader isn't likely to possess like a specific word processor.)

Book Organization

Chapter Structure

Every chapter is kept as simple as possible. Technical terms are kept to a minimum, for the procedural techniques, fundamental ideas and visual cues are the important things. Needed technical terms aren't used before they are explained. Nonessentials are omitted so the reader can give full attention to the important material.

Every chapter is kept as short as possible and, as much as possible, independent of other chapters. There is a single topic per chapter so the reader can focus on a specific concept or technique. Every chapter is self-contained so the reader can study them separately and never need to flip between chapters, braille volumes or cassette tapes in order to find important related material.

Every chapter concludes with a chapter summary. It can serve as a quick overview of the essential material presented throughout the chapter. Read a chapter's summary to decide whether its material is sufficiently familiar or needs to be studied. Just about every chapter also finishes with a summary of keyboard commands. It can serve as a quick overview of the keystrokes presented throughout the chapter. Read a chapter's keyboard summary to decide whether the keyboard commands listed therein are sufficiently familiar or whether they need to be studied.

Chapters are presented in the order that seems most useful from the beginner's point of view. The reader can skip over a chapter or topics in a chapter if the material is already familiar.

Many step-by-step procedures are presented throughout this book which let the user carry out useful or necessary tasks. These procedures are listed by name in the table of contents for ease of reference.

Book Structure in Brief
This book is divided into 7 parts with distinct themes.
Part 1 describes the PC -- its hardware and software and its files and folders.
Part 2 presents the basic input devices -- the Keyboard and the Mouse.
Part 3 introduces the Windows Desktop.
Part 4 presents the Program Interface -- its anatomy and its function.
Part 5 presents the Dialog Box -- its controls and their functions.
Part 6 unites and illustrates all the previous themes via the WordPad program -- a basic word processor that is bundled with Microsoft Windows.
Part 7 reviews the PC, describes the Microsoft Windows file system in detail, and then presents the My Computer program.

by Sarah Moorely:
(Braille, disk, cassette, or large print: $18
Special bonus pack--all four formats for one low price: $50


These incredible tactile diagrams give blind users a spatial perspective on the content and layout of various Windows screens--a perfect complement to Windows 95 Explained.

Braille Tactile Diagrams: $15

Special 2-pack: Windows 95 Explained plus tactile diagrams: $25:
National Braille Press:

This book fills an important gap: It describes fundamental Windows 95 concepts from a non-visual perspective and provides a listing of Windows keyboard commands together with a comprehensive glossary. Written specifically for blind users, this book teaches Windows concepts regardless of the specific access technology you are using.

by Peter Scially, Shrinkwrap Computer Products, Inc.
(cassette) $40.00.
Fergusson Enterprises: Limited Quantity:

This tutorial, recorded on four 90-minute cassettes, teaches Windows 95 basics. It is not screen-reader specific, so it can be used by anyone no matter which screen review program one happens to prefer.


The following screen reader specific tutorials are available for order or download from Project Assist, Iowa Department for the blind. (cassette, Ascii text, Real Audio formats of some tutorials coming soon!) free until July 1, 1999. As of July 1, aproximately $25.00 each.
Windows 95 with Hal 2.01
Windows 95 with JAWS For Windows 2.0
Windows 95 with Window-Eyes 2.1
Windows 95 with WinVision 97
Windows 95 with Window-Bridge 2.3


Tutorials for Internet Programs

THE ALTAVISTA SEARCH REVOLUTION: How to Find Anything You Want on the Internet
by Richard Seltzer
(Braille) $17.99.
National Braille Press:

Perhaps you are plagued by a few words of what may be a song or a poem or a passage in a book. You don't know who wrote it or when. With AltaVista, you just enter the words you know, and it finds what you are looking for anywhere on the Internet. AltaVista is a web site, not a piece of software. If you have access to the Net, you have access to AltaVista. 3 volumes:

Diskette: $32.50:
Hear and Know Enterprises:

Uniquely Eudora is a comprehensive tutorial which explains in precise detail all the ins and outs of the very popular Eudora Pro e-mail program.

Uniquely Eudora explores everything from composing and sending e-mail, to filtering your messages into specific mailboxes.

Some of the topics covered in Uniquely Eudora include:
Setting up Eudora to automatically filter messages;
Composing messages;
Attaching files to messages;
Using the Eudora Pro Address Book;
Configuring Eudora Pro;
Redirecting and Auto Reply functions;
Using the built in spell checker;
Setting up Eudora for multiple users;
Importing text into a message;
Managing your mailboxes;
and much much more. All of the menus are described in detail and hot keys are given for each function. Of course, we have added the popular "hints, tips, and secrets." section to help you further utilize the program to its maximum potential.

Eudora Pro is amazingly speech friendly and with our concise tutorial "Uniquely Eudora", you will save valuable time in setting up and maintaining your e-mail messages.

(Cassette and Diskette) $40.50
Hear and Know Enterprises:

Stepping out with MSIE (Microsoft Internet Explorer) promises to be a welcome addition to Magical Mist Creations' tutorial family. Unlike most browsers, which are extremely dependent on the screen reader for navigation, MSIE for Windows 95 offers an exciting array of built in navigation functions which are explained in a thorough and concise fashion.

Each menu is explained in precise detail. You will learn how to configure your browser, add a dialer to help you get on line and utilize the built in Internet Mail and News features. Don't miss the "hints, tips, and secrets," chapter which promises to deliver some of the most useful hints ever offered by a browser. Searching the net directly from MSIE, maximizing your browsers performance, and managing your cache are just a few of the tips that will be covered in this in depth journey into the world of Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Some of the subjects covered include:
Navigating MSIE via the keyboard;
Adding a new dialer;
Configuring your server properties;
Setting your own search and start pages;
Sending e-mail from MSIE and navigating the e-mail form;
Attaching files to and inserting text into e-mail;
Managing your Windows 95 Address Book;
Subscribing to Newsgroups in Internet News;
Adding filters to your Internet Mail Program;
Reading Internet Mail and News
and much, much, more.

by Crisscross Technologies:
(cassette) $75.00.
Disability Specialtys, Fergusson Enterprises, Adaptive Technology Consulting, Hear and Know Enterprises, Maxi Aids:

An audio tutorial designed to help speech users learn to navigate the Internet. This six-tape set audio tutorial guides the speech user through the basics of browsing, searching, and downloading files using a screen reader to access Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It explains tricks for accessing hard-to-navigate sites in order to get the most out of the Internet. The last two tapes start with the essential uses of Eudora Mail, including sending and reading e-mail messages and move on to filtering in-coming messages, spell-checking out-going messages, and using the Eudora address book.

Speaking of the Internet includes:
Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer
Basic Internet concepts
Going to specific web sites
Reading text and moving from link to link
Changing browser settings to improve speech
Filling out forms
Navigating web pages with graphical links
"Bookmarking" favorite web sites
Listening to sound files from within a browser
Copying files from the Netscape cache to another folder
Listening to RealAudio and downloading and installing RealPlayer
Downloading files from FTP sites
Eudora Mail
Replying to and forwarding messages
Sending, Queuing, and saving messages
Subscribing to a listserv
Sending a message with an attached file
Looking at a file which has been received as an attachment
Organizing messages into mailboxes
Filtering messages into mailboxes
Using the Eudora address book
Using the Eudora Pro spell-checker
Setting Eudora options to improve speech

by Dean Martineau: Top Dot Enterprises:
cassette) $20.00.
Disability Specialtys, Ann Morris Enterprises, Hear and Know Enterprises, Fergusson Enterprises:

This tutorial begins with basic information about the web and different browsers, then helps the user install dial-up networking and Internet Explorer. The user learns to configure Internet Explorer and to use it to browse the web efficiently and effectively. Special emphasis is on using Internet Explorer to access audio information, and a chapter is devoted to the use of RealPlayer 5.0. Individual chapters address using Internet Explorer with Window-Eyes, WinVision, JFW and Windows Bridge.

The supplemental disk contains exercises the user can perform with Internet Explorer as well as other useful files.

TOP NETSEARCH GUIDE How to Find What You Want to find on the Internet:
by Dean Martineau: Top Dot Enterprises:
cassette) $20.00
Disability Specialtys, Ann Morris Enterprises, Hear and Know Enterprises, Fergusson Enterprises: (

o matter how you access the Internet, this tutorial will help you find what you're looking for efficiently. Learn how to get the most out of AltaVista, the largest index to the World Wide Web; become familiar with the most important directories of Internet resources; learn ways to search Usenet for a wide variety of current information; receive pointers to information on a variety of subjects; and learn to do all of this by e-mail. The supplemental disk contains pointers to all the resources discussed on the tapes, as well as other useful files.

by Dean Martineau: Top Dot Enterprises:
(cassette) $20.00:
Disability Specialtys, Ann Morris Enterprises, Hear and Know Enterprises, Fergusson Enterprises:

Eudora is one of the most popular email programs for use with windows.

This tutorial teaches version 4.0, but it will also help users of Eudora Lite and earlier versions of Eudora. The tutorial begins with basic concepts, installing dial-up networking and Eudora, and configuring the program. Reading and sending mail, as well as sophisticated mail-handling procedures are covered.


(cassette and diskette) $79.95 or $150 when ordered with Word 8 Tutorial:

This tutorial gives users insight into the use of the various components of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.01 (IE4) suite of products. The included learning modules are designed to introduce the participant to many aspects of internet usage. This includes "surfing" the web, using various search engines, downloading programs and files, subscribing to web pages and news groups, checking and managing E-mail using Microsoft Outlook Express and creating a simple web page

This tutorial is designed as a comprehensive learning tool that will take you, the participant, a keystroke at a time through essential concepts of using JAWS for Windows 3.2 (JFW) with IE4 suite of products.

Those who do not have an Internet connection may use the included diskette, "TutorialSamples," to utilize the practice web pages just as if they were connected to the Internet. This disk includes all of the files that will be posted to the on-line tutorial web page. Instruction on copying files from this diskette to your hard drive is included on the cassettes.

An internet connection is required to participate in many of the learning modules.
Contents of Internet Explorer 4 Tutorial.
Newspaper Demo in Internet Explorer 4 Tutorial.
Topics covered in these learning modules include:
* Internet Explorer
* Launching and exiting an Internet Explorer browser session
* Navigating, orienting to and identifying several different types of web pages while browsing the Henter-Joyce practice tutorial and resource page
* Adding to, organizing and creating new folders within the IE4 Favorites Menu
* Managing and updating web page subscriptions
* Conducting Internet searches
* Downloading and installing compressed program files
* Selecting a default start page
* Microsoft Outlook Express E-mail
* Composing, receiving, replying to, forwarding and organizing e-mail
* Customizing menu options
* Adding, removing and modifying groups and contacts
* Sending e-mail from within the address book program
* Searching for and viewing content
* Subscribing and unsubscribing from news groups
Additional Instruction
* Understanding the various levels of internet transmission security
* Setting up Microsoft Net Meeting and holding a Net Meeting conference
* Building a simple web page using Microsoft Front Page Express
* Posting a web page using the FTP client that is included with the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, 98 and 95 operating systems

The following screen reader specific tutorials are available or in production for order or download from
Project Assist, Iowa Department for the Blind.
(cassette, Ascii text, Real Audio formats of some tutorials coming soon!)
free until July 1, 1999.. As of July 1, aproximately $25.00 each.

Internet Explorer 5 with JFW 3.3 and Window-Eyes 3.0
Netscape Navigator 4.03 with Window-Bridge 2.3
Netscape Navigator 4.07 with Window-Eyes 3.0


by Crisscross Technologies:
(cassette) $75.00
Disability Specialtys, Fergusson Enterprises, Adaptive Technology Consulting, Hear and Know Enterprises, Maxi Aids:

If you're a user of Microsoft Word 6 or Word 8 (the version of Word which is included in Office 97), you'll find this tutorial essential. "Speaking of Microsoft Word" builds on the general skills you learned in the first half of "Speaking of Windows...3.X" or "Speaking of Windows 95." You'll learn basic word-processing concepts and then move to more advanced features of Word such as using mail merge to fill out a pre-printed formand creating and editing footnotes.

by Dean Martineau: Top Dot Enterprises:
(cassette) $20.00
Disability Specialtys, Ann Morris Enterprises, Hear and Know Enterprises, Fergusson Enterprises:

This six-hour tutorial takes the user from beginning data entry and cursor movement through file management, important options for speech users, word processing, search and replace, spell checking, auto-correct and auto-text,printing, outlining, mail merge, envelopes and labels, customization of keyboard and menus, macros, and other advanced features. The supplemental disk contains exercises and additional informational files.

A VERBAL VIEW OF WORD: (coming soon!!)
Braille, Inc.
(standard print, $75.00, large print and Braille, $80.00.)

National Braille Press:

This book is for beginning Word users ... if you are comfortable using Word, you will be bored with this book. It starts off telling you to turn the computer on (so help me). It gives you actual exercises to do and, as you work your way through them, you end up learning how to use Word. It works for Word for Windows 95, a.k.a. Word 7, as well as for Word for Windows 98, a.k.a. Word 8. Fits in one volume in braille and sells for the same price as the print book: $22.99.


by Crisscross Technologies:
Disability Specialtys, Fergusson Enterprises, Adaptive Technology Consulting, Hear and Know, Maxi Aids:

Speaking of Corel WordPerfect begins with the basics of this popular word processor and moves into setting tabs, laying out newspaper columns and tables, changing fonts and font sizes, improving usability for speech users, creating simple macros, and much more.

Speaking of Corel WordPerfect also includes:
Basic concepts such as word wrap and;
default settings;
Moving around in text;
Deleting text;
Selecting text;
Using the Windows clipboard;
Saving and opening files;
Deleting files;
Switching among documents;
Setting margins and selecting paper size and orientation;
Changing fonts and font sizes;
Setting and changing justification;
Setting tabs;
Changing the options in WordPerfect to improve usability for speech users;
Running the spell-checker;
Looking up words in the thesaurus;
Using the "Find and Replace" dialog;
Using the Reveal Codes feature;
Setting up and working with newspaper columns;
Setting up and navigating tables;
Numbering pages;
Inserting footnotes;
Making simple macros;
Assigning macros to keys;
Using Help


(by Crisscross Technologies:
cassette) $75.00:
Disability Specialtys, Fergusson Enterprises, Adaptive Technology Consulting, Hear and Know Enterprises, Maxi Aids:

If bookkeeping and number-crunching are in your job description, try "Speaking of Excel" for the basics of spreadsheet applications with speech.

This four-tape set explains the layout of this highly visual program and discusses navigation, data entry, entering basic formulas, and more. It covers Excel options which improve usability for speech users and techniques for making the use of Excel more efficient. Listening to this set is a great way to prepare for a class in Microsoft Excel.


The following screen reader specific tutorials are available for Microsoft Word.

(cassette and disk) $79.95, $150.00 when ordered with Internet Explorer tutorial:
Henter-Joyce Inc.:

The Word 8 Fundamentals with JAWS for Windows (JFW) tutorial has been designed to introduce the new JAWS for Windows user to fundamental concepts of usingthis powerful screen reader in combination with the Microsoft Word 8 word proce ssing program.

Hundreds of programming hours have gone into the development of JFW scripts to insure reliability and accuracy when using JFW in combination with Word 8. Now, Henter-Joyce is proud to offer this self-empowering and independent learning tool as an essential supplement to the JFW and Word 8 novice.

Step-by-step instructions guide participants a keystroke at a time, as they practice opening, navigating, editing, formatting, proofing and printing documents that have been prepared with a wide variety of possible scenarios in mind.
Topics covered in these learning modules include:
* Launching Word from within the Windows Start Menus
* Orientation to the screen layout in Word,
accessing the Title Bar, Menu Bar, various tool bars, Main Document Window and Status Bar
* Explanation of, detecting, and closing the Microsoft Office Assis tant
* Opening a Word 8 document and an overview of controls found within the Open dialog box
* Saving and closing a document and an overview of various controls found within the Save dialog box
* Exiting Word 8
* Navigating a document and differentiating between JAWS navigational and standard Windows navigational commands
* Manually editing a document
* Using the clipboard
* Formatting a document
* Printing documents and envelopes
* Using the spell/grammar checker
* Using the Find and replace feature
* Using the Word Help feature

The following screen reader specific tutorials for Microsoft Word are available or in production for order or download from
Project Assist, Iowa Department for the Blind.
(cassette, Ascii text, Real Audio formats of some tutorials coming soon!) free until July 1, 1999. As of July 1, 1999, approximately $25.00 each.

Word 6 with Window-Bridge 2.3
Word 97 with Window-Eyes 2.1
Word 97 with WinVision 97

The following screen reader specific tutorials are available for Microsoft Excel from
Project Assist
Iowa Department for the Blind.
(cassette, Ascii text, free until July 1, 1999.. As of July 1, aproximately $25.00.

Excel 97 with Window-Eyes 2.1
Excel 97 with WinVision 97 (4.2)
The following screen reader specific tutorials are available for Corel Wordperfect from Project Assist, Iowa Department for the Blind. (cassette, Ascii text, free until July 1, 1999.. As of July 1, aproximately $25.00. WordPerfect 7 with JAWS For Windows 2.029 WordPerfect 7 with JAWS For Windows 2.029 WordPerfect 8 with Window-Eyes 2.1


The following key guides are available from Braille, Inc.

Getting Started with Microsoft Windows 98:
(Braille) $45.00. Microsoft Windows 95 Key Guide:
Standard print, 20.00, Large Print, $25.00, Braille, $25.00.
Microsoft Windows 98 Key Guide:
Standard print, 20.00 Large Print, $25.00, Braille, $25.00.
Microsoft Word 97 Key Guide:
Standard print, 20.00, Large Print, $25.00, Braille, $25.00.

The following Braille key guides and reference cards are available from National Braille Press:

A Keyboard Guide to Windows 98:
$10 : Eudora Pro 4.0 Reference Card:
Internet Explorer 3.02 Reference Card:
Real Audio Keyboard Commands:
Word 8 For Office 97 Reference Card: also valid for earlier versions of Word):
Word For Windows 95 Reference Card and Keystroke Commands:

The following cheat sheets are available to order or download free from Project Assist,
Iowa Department for the Blind:

Windows 95
Access 97
Eudora Pro
Excel 5
Excel 97
Internet Explorer 4.01
Netscape Navigator 4.03
Outlook 98
Word 6
Word 97
WordPerfect 7
WordPerfect 8<


(ShrinkWrap Computer Products
cassette) $22.00 per year.

The premier computer technology audiozine for the visually impaired.

What is Bitstream? Bitstream is a bi-monthly magazine on audio cassette. In each issue, we bring you the latest news from the world of accessible computer technology. Bitstream is not just a reading of text about technology! It is the technology! You can hear interviews with the people who make a difference in the adaptive computer technology field. Hear demonstrations of screen review software! Find out what's real and what isn't!

In just the first 3 issues of Bitstream, we have interviewed Jim Fruchterman, President of Arkenstone, Peter Corn, President of Berkeley Access, Larry Skutchan, head of Microtalk and many others. We were first to publically demonstrate the Aria from Robotron and Windows 95 being used with speech and the ASAW screen access program.

Bitstream costs just $22 per year for U.S. subscribers. You will receive6 issues on a standard 90-minute cassette. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

(cassette) $20.00 per year.
Recorded Periodicals, Associated Services for the Blind:

A monthly taped magazine on computers that contains selections from BYTE magazine and PC World magazine.

Crisscross Technologies:
(Cassette:) $60.00 per year.
Disability Specialtys, Fergusson Enterprises, Adaptive Technology Consulting, Hear and Know Enterprises, Maxi Aids:

"Listening In" is the new bi-monthly tutorial series from CrissCrossTechnologies. It features short tutorials on Windows and Windows applications with the screen-reader-user in mind.

January 1999:

Windows 98 for new Windows 98 users

You probably know that your screen reader will like Windows 98 better if you turn off the Active Desktop, but how do you manage it? Here's how to disable the Active Desktop and a few other pesky Windows 98 features.

What is the Windows 98 Accessibility Wizard? Will it make Windows 98 work better for you? Here's how to run it and what you'll find in it.

Windows Explorer (3 sections)

Side 2 features helpful hints on how to get more out of Windows Explorer. This is for both Windows 95 and Windows 98 users. Do you feel as though you're bumbling around in the trees,, trying to find that file you wanted to delete, or spending all your time going back and forth, trying to copy a series of files from one folder to another? Here are some tricks to help you go directly from one point to another without floundering around through your entire network.

March 1999

Have you listened to radio stations on the Internet? Here's how to get the free copy of RealPlayer, how to find interesting RealAudio sounds to listen to, and how to set up RealPlayer to go directly to the sounds you want to hear. You'll also learn a few other keyboard tricks for moving around in RealPlayer.

Help: (Or should that be Help!) Your computer is crammed with instructions on how to do the things you want to do, but can you get it to tell you? Here are hints on how to get more out of the Windows 95 Help System, the Windows 98 Help System, and the help systems of your applications.

National Library Service:
braille, Free to registered borrowers

Monthly general-interest computer magazine produced in Braille by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Contact NLS or your local regional library for the blind.

Dean Martineau: Top Dot Enterprises:
(cassette, $24.00, and Real Audio, $19.00)

Sound Computing is n audio magazine for blind computer users and those who want to know what makes us tick. This document discusses the philosophy and contents, as well as how to subscribe and submit material.

The aim of the magazine is to offer information about adaptive technology, computers and the Internet which is pertinent to blind folks and which even inexperienced users can understand. Experienced users will probably learn a thing or two as well, and will be able to share their expertise with others. As time goes on, I hope the magazine will take on a more international flavor, receiving contributions from across the globe.

Sound Computing appears every two months and comes in two formats: standard- speed cassette and Real-Audio. Because of limitations on the server I am using, the Real-Audio version can be downloaded to your hard drive, but you cannot listen to it online until the download is complete. Subscribers can go to the special area on my web site, where they can download RealAudio files, read either a summary or the full text of the articles and explore links from the articles.

Non-subscribers can explore links to the articles from each issue and can listen to part of the magazine. Because the February issue was the first issue, side one is available to all in its entirety. (The file is about 5 megs in size.)

Each issue of the magazine will contain a tips and tricks section, a section called Sound Sites and Software with short bits of news, favorite Internet sites and accessible software, and an advocacy section, featuring discussion of issues facing the blind computer user. That still leaves room for features, either dreamed up by me or hopefully submitted by readers. Anybody submitting material leading to a substantive article gets a free subscription.

Features found in the inaugural issue were "Is Off-the-Shelf OCR for You?" and "How to Choose a Braille Embosser".
Clovernook Center For The Blind
large print, braille and disk

TACTIC Magazine is a consumer-oriented, quarterly publication on adaptive technology. TACTIC Magazine is edited by Deborah Kendrick, a columnist and advocate for people with disabilities.

TACTIC contains timely information on adaptive technology for blind and visually impaired people. The magazine is the only one of its scope and perspective -- covering products by all manufacturers which provide braille, synthesized speech, or enlarged print access to information, and presents it without product preference or bias. TACTIC contains reviews of hardware, software, and telecommunications services. It carries announcements of products, books, and technical developments of interest to visually impaired computer users, as well as a "Feedback" column from readers themselves. Deborah Kendrick has shaped and edited the publication since its introduction in 1984, and regularly provides information and contributions from talented computer users who are blind. Articles are written in an informative, engaging style -- technical enough to inform designers and engineers, while friendly enough to instruct the novice.

TACTIC was the recipient of the 1992 Award of Excellence and 1993 Distinguished Award by the Society of Technical Communications.

-Award of Excellence-

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Deborah K. Kendrick, distinguished writer and editor, were recently granted the award for "Excellence" in the Technical Publications category for Tactic Magazine. This competition is held annually by the Society for Technical Communication, Southwestern Ohio Chapter, for technical publications, technical art and technical on-line communications.

To Subscribe to Tactic Magazine- For one year, send $25.00 by check or money order (US) to:
The Clovernook Center
VISA or MASTERCARD or AMERICAN EXPRESS orders are also accepted via phone: PLEASE INCLUDE: Name, address and phone number of cardholder, type of charge card, account number and expiration date when ordering. ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS will commence with the current issue, unless requested otherwise.


Adaptive Technology Consulting
P.O. Box 778 Amesbury, MA 01913 Phone: (978) 462-3817 Fax: (978) 462-3928 E-Mail: Web site:
Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.
890 Fams Court East Meadow, New York 11554-5101 Phone: (800) 454-3175 E-Mail: Web Site:
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue, P.O. Box 6085 Louisville, KY 40206 Phone: (502) 895-2405; E-Mail: Web Site:
Bartimaeus Group
1481 Chain Bridgre Rd. Suite 100 McLean, VA 22101 Phone: (703) 442-5023 E-Mail:
Braille, Inc.
110 Commerce Drive, Suite 210 Fayetteville, GA 30214 Phone: 770-716-9222 FAX: 770-716-9599 Email: BRLINC@MINDSPRING.COM Web site:
Clovernook Printing House for the Blind
7000 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45231-5297 Phone: (513) 522-3860 Joan Banfield, ext. 294 Fax: (513)728-3950, (888)234-7156, E-mail at Web site:
Crisscross Technologies
110-64 Queens Boulevard, #406, Forest Hills, NY 11475 Phone: (718) 268-6988 E-mail: Web site:
Disability Specialtys
802 South Drew Street Saint Albans, WV 25177 Phone: (888) 892-7878 Fax: 304-722-1184 Email: Web Site:
Empowerment Zone
Jamal Mazrui 1400 East-West Highway, 427 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone- (301) 589-8899 E-Mail: empower@SMART.NET Web Site:
Ferguson Enterprises
104 Anderson Ave. Manchester, SD 57353-5702 Phone: 605-546-2366 FAX: 605-546-2212 EMAIL: Web site:
HEAR and KNOW Tutorials
John Harden 1741 Decree Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29169 Phone (803) 796-4887 e-mail:
Henter-Joyce, Inc.
11800 31st Court N. St. Petersburg, FL33716-1805 Phone: (800) 3365658 or (727) 803-8000 Fax: (727) 803-8001; E-Mail: Web Site:
Maxi Aids
42 Executive Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735 Phone: (800) 522-6294 E-Mail: Web sitte:
Microsoft Manuals
Web Site:
National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street Boston, MA 02115 Phone: (617) 266-6160 e-mail: Web site:
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress 1291 Taylor Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20542 Web Site:
One-on-One Computer Training
2055 Army Trail Road Suite 100 Addison, IL 60101 Phone: (800) 424-8668 Fax: (630) 628-0550 e-mail: Web Site:
Project ASSIST With Windows
Iowa Department for the Blind 524 Fourth Street Des Moines, IA 50309-2364 E-Mail:> Web Site:

Recorded Periodicals

Associated Services for the Blind
919 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107; Phone: (215) 627-0600
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
20 Roszel Road Princeton, NJ 08540; Phone: (800) 221-4792; Web Site:
ShrinkWrap Computer Products
11706 Saddle Crescent Circle Oakton, VA 22124; Phone: (800) 377-0774 E-Mail: Web Site:
Top Dot Enterprises
Dean Martineau 8930 11th Place S.E., Everett, WA 98205 Phone:(206) 335-4894 E-Mail: deamar@ESKIMO.COM Web Site:

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