[blindkid] Talking typing Teacher

Sally Thomas seacknit at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 16:41:22 UTC 2009

Hi Amber,

You could look into the screen reader from Serotek (www.serotek.com). The 
screen reader is free.  You are required to fill out an application which 
includes a special eye report.  My son (age 12) uses JAWS and the Serotek 
screen reader and he really likes the Serotek screen reader.

That said, the school should supply your child with the tools to participate 
in the curriculum.  I don't think that there is a problem with saying 
"screen reader" instead of mentioning a brand name but by supplying Talking 
Typer, they are NOT supplying a screen reader.  So, if the only thing the 
sighted kids are doing on the computer is practicing typing, Talking Typer 
might be adequate.  If they are looking at websites or doing other work, 
your child needs a screen reader.

Another issue is who is going to teach your child how to use the screen 
reader?  Just because your child can get the Serotek reader for free doesn't 
mean she'll be able to use it if there isn't any support.

As far as the IEP goes, they have to have an annual IEP.  There are a lot of 
issues involved here and it is hard to identify exactly what you need to do 
without knowing all the facts.  You should try to familiarize yourself with 
the law.  the wrightslaw website is a place to start: www.wrightslaw.com .

Sally Thomas
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Amber Hall" <ahall238 at yahoo.com>
To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 9:02 AM
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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