I volunteer at a local community centre where we have a number of regulars who suffer from various degrees of vision impairment. Our current IT suite is based around Windows 7 and we have a couple of machines set up with NVDA, Dolphin and SupaNova. One of our regulars is virtually blind and relies on these programs on his home system (XP) to interact with his computer. Recently, I got myself a Mac mini to replace my rather elderly iMac that had suffered a logic board failure.
I decided I would familiarise myself with the basics of VO and take my machine over to the centre to demonstrate it to our vision-impaired group—the reaction was remarkable, despite my lack of familiarity with VO. Neither Dolphin nor SupaNova are particularly cheap and the fact that a base-model Mac mini, with VO included out of the box, could be obtained for not much more cost of these two programs struck a chord.
The centre is the only one in County Durham that has an active IT support program for the vision-impaired: even the website was designed to cater for not only the vision-impaired, but also those people with dyslexia and for people for whom English is not their first language. As part of our continuing development strategy, we have applied for funding which will, among other things, provide for the purchase of four iMacs for our primary IT suite. To that end, I would like recommendations for training resources that guide sighted personnel to best practices for teaching VO to the vision-impaired.
Your comments and suggestions are most appreciated.