[blindkid] Talking typing Teacher

Gibbs, Emily egibbs at brazosportisd.net
Wed Sep 30 15:54:03 UTC 2009

A program like Talking typing teacher, or Talking Typer from APH, which
I believe is available through Quota funds, just teaches typing.   It
doesn't teach (or speak!) any of the computers menus outside of that
program.   It's a very good starting place for a child who doesn't know
the keyboard.   However depending on how often the child uses it, they
learn the keyboard very fast and then are ready to move on to bigger and
better things, like Word and the internet.   When that happens, they
need a screen reader like JAWS or Window Eyes.   In my experience,
children learn to type very quickly.   If your daughter uses this
program regularly, maybe 30 minutes a day, she will definitely be ready
to move on to doing more on the computer using a screen reader within
the first 9 weeks.


Emily Gibbs



-----Original Message-----
From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org]
On Behalf Of Amber Hall
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 9:03 AM
To: blindkid at nfbnet.org
Subject: [blindkid] Talking typing Teacher


Hello, everyone. I wanted to see if anyone knew about the program
Talking Typing Teacher. My daughter  is almost 8  & in the 2nd grade.
She doesn't have a lot of experience with computers yet.( I put it in
her IEP to get training  within 1st 9 weeks). But this program is what
they want to use to replace Jaws or window Eyes, because of the cost. I
am so frustrated with them not wanting to spend the money for her to get
what she needs. Is there another program out there like Window Eyes or
Jaws that isn't so expensive? Or are they just going to have to break
down and buy Window Eyes or Jaws? I tried to put it in her IEP that she
get Window Eyes, but they came back and said they don't like putting
name brands in IEP's. Is this true? Also, if anybody else  has had
trouble getting Special Services to get the Technology etc. that  their
blind child needs but finally succeeded, could you give me some
pointers? I  called a case conference the day before school

 started. It took 28 days from the conference date to get the revisions
wrote up. Even after waiting 28 days the revisions weren't even close to
what I talked about at the case conference. I had to e-mail my version
of rewritten goals and things i had talked about to be put in there in
the first place. i still have not received the IEp yet. I am told it is
on it's way! I'm very frustrated. How long does Special Services have to
get the IEP back to me after the case Conference? The conference was
Aug. 18. It's almost October and still no IEP. Your suggestions are
greatly appreciated!






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