[blindkid] Talking typing Teacher

Merry-Noel Chamberlain owinm at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 30 22:32:15 UTC 2009

They are correct that they usually don't want to put namebrands of items in the IEP.  For example, one might say "Braille Notetaking Device" rather than a BrailleNote.  Talking Typer is a program to learn how to type.  It does not speak what is on the Internet.  You need to ask for Speech Software so it will read what is on the computer screen.  This is different than wanting to learn how to type - it focuse on learning the keyboard.  What is her goal again?  Learning to type or learning how to use the computer for research?  Talking Typer is also free through Quota funds (APH).  I usually start students on Talking Typer for learning the keyboard and then move to JAWS or WindowEYES.  Find out what the local Dept. for the Blind teaches JAWS or WindowEyes.  The Dept. for the Blind in both Iowa and Nebraska use JAWS.  Same in Virginia.  It costs more but it works better with most internet websites.
Hope this helps

--- On Wed, 9/30/09, Amber Hall <ahall238 at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Amber Hall <ahall238 at yahoo.com>
Subject: [blindkid] Talking typing Teacher
To: blindkid at nfbnet.org
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 2:02 PM

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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