moderated Re: Typability From yesaccessibility.com
Glenn / Lenny
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Honestly, typing is one of the most important skills lacking in the Blind. Mostly among the newly Blind.
However, with that in mind, in my opinion, I would state that it is despicable to make profit off a typing program designed for the Blind.
I think makers of software for the Blind, or other disabilities if it exists, need to stop making a living off the backs of the disabled, and spearhead an open-source movement for specialized software for the disabled, and get a real job.
It will always be a small market and the cost will always be ten to twenty times the cost to the consumer of similar software, to the general public because of its limited market.
That is why the rehabilitation-specific software that state agencies purchase cost a couple million dollars per agency and about a third of a million annually to maintain it, for a product that by standards of complexity could otherwise easily be done as open-source software.
I have a degree in business management, so it's not like I don't understand how business works. And I find it even worse when the disabled themselves engage in profiting off their brothers and sisters, especially when they have or still do exist on a disability-related income.
But to my original point, there needs to be an open-source typing program designed for the Blind, because a good one would incorporate some screenreader keyboard commands, Fun With Typability does this, I don't recall if TTT does, it's been a long time since I taught with that one. So they are decent products in terms of what is needed, they only need to be free to consumers. Perhaps they should operate like some programs do, free for home use, and a cost for business use.