[NABS-L] Questions About The Mac book Pro

Maurice Mines maurice.mines at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 17:41:05 UTC 2019

Hi here is my answer as best as I can gather from your post. If you 
already know how to type you do not need this program. Just using 
voiceover will do nicely. If you’re currently in school, high school 
college grad school etc. it might be advisable to maybe think about 
adding a braille display to what you’re doing. But again that is also 
not critical if your hearing is good.

How to turn on voiceover, command F5 is your friend. That toggles 
voiceover on and off. Unless your computer is shared with someone who 
does not need voiceover support, I would strongly recommend just leaving 
voiceover on 24 seven. So that you can use your computer effectively at 
all times.

If you’re looking to replace your computer, here are some things you 
should keep in mind, one what are you going to use the computer for? If 
you were in school please think of your academic program if you are in 
postsecondary education, if during college in you are in a stem field is 
a major course of study, I would highly recommend a very good MacBook 
Pro machine. I would not however recommend a top-of-the-line machine. 
Unless you’re doing rocket science work for NASA, you don’t need it, 
thus you will not need its nearly $3000 price tag. Any of the mid range 
MacBook Pros should do the job nicely. If your field of study does not 
require heavy duty computing, and you don’t use any additional 
software that requires for instance a 2.0 GHz processor and/or foster, a 
MacBook Air will do just fine. Those machines run at 1.7 GHz. And Apple 
has programs that help students to afford such a machine. This by the 
way is true in general if you are a college student. But I would be 
careful when you purchase your machine if you are a full-time student.

Apple provides price breaks on these machines only at the beginning of 
fall semester, which is typically from the very end of July through the 
middle of September each year. This can save you 15 to 20% off of the 
MSRP of a new machine. Another possible suggestion that you are a client 
of vocational rehabilitation in your state you can certainly write a 
justification letter with supporting documentation asking for said 
machine for educational purposes. In addition to this, if you are not 
just blind but deaf blind and you can explain how you would use a 
computer in situations other than an academic setting, you can reply to 
the I can connect program, this program has certain financial 
restrictions and of course you must be Blind as defined and/or diagnosed 
by a medical physician. If anyone has any questions about my response to 
this post please feel free to ask

I currently am a nontraditional student who just so happens to hold a 
political science degree and an information systems degree from two 
separate universities. And I do have some graduate work in educational 
technology. I have done some professional consulting in the past, and 
I’m learning sign language currently to better prepare myself for work 
with I can connect I am deaf blind but I keep up on technology in 
general and adaptive technology issues.

Sincerely Maurice Mines.
Amateur station callsign kd0iko.
VP national Federation of the blind of California Bakersfield chapter.

On 25 Mar 2019, at 10:19, Roanna Bacchus via NABS-L wrote:

> Dear Students,
> I hope all of you are doing well. I have some questions for you. Last 
> weekend my computer crashed while my Dad was trying to install Talking 
> Typing Teacher on it. Do any of you use this program? Will it work on 
> a 2009 Mac Book Pro? What operating system is on the Mac Book Pro? How 
> do I turn voiceover on using the Mac? Can Abdobe Flash content be 
> played on the Mac? 
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