Microsoft Word Using JAWS – Part 1

JAWS is a screen-reading software.

This course is designed for individuals who will be teaching a student with a visual impairment how to use Microsoft Word using JAWS. This course uses Microsoft Word versions older than 2010. Participants should be computer literate. However, participants do not need to be experienced JAWS users.

Learn the Basics of JAWS and Microsoft Word

  • Learn the basics of JAWS
    • The course will provide a detailed introduction or quick review, depending on the skill level of the participants
  • Navigate with JAWS
  • Use the Windows Key
  • Create, edit, format, and save documents

Learn Instructional Strategies

You will receive Teaching Word Using JAWS for Windows from DeWitt & Associates. This book provides a curriculum for teaching students and includes a CD. You will also receive tip sheets and tactile graphics to enhance lesson plans.

The workshop will cover the first six lesson plans from the curriculum in Teaching Word Using JAWS for Windows. You can schedule Part 2 of this workshop series to review the final six lessons.

You will be added to the MDE-LIO technology listserv after completing the workshop. As a member of the listserv, you can connect with other professionals who have completed an MDE-LIO technology workshop. Use the listserv to share ideas, ask questions, or help answer someone else’s question about assistive technology. MDE-LIO also shares helpful tips on a regular basis.



Individuals working with students who are BVI, including:

  • Teachers and BVI teacher consultants
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Parents
  • College students

How Many

  • Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties: 4-8 participants
  • All other counties: 3-8 participants


Ensure the minimum number of participants.

We will schedule the workshop in your area once there is interest from the minimum number of participants. Let us know if you need help to meet the minimum.

Once the workshop is scheduled, we will list it as an event and open registration to others who are interested.

The instructional days may be scheduled back-to-back or one week apart.

  • Day 1 (6 hours)
  • Day 2 (5 hours)


  • MDE-LIO will provide computers for participants to use


Request credits when scheduling the workshop.

  • State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
    • A 40-day wait period is required to schedule the workshop if SCECHs are requested
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREPs)


Teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school personnel: $75

Parents/family and college students: $37.50