Re: Learning Jaws and the Keyboard

Jimmy Jones

Usually you place markers on strategic keys. H and j on home row as well as
the enter key on that row. Maybe on the backspace and tab.

The three programs that are available for purchase is Talking Typer (APh)
Talking typing Teacher (Marval-soft) Typability but I don't know its maker.

There are also typing classess offered through the Hadley School for the
blind in Winnetka Il.

Hope this helps


-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@... [mailto:jfw-bounces@...]
On Behalf Of Richard Holloway
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 1:03 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Learning Jaws and the Keyboard

I am a typically sighted parent of a blind child (age 9). I interact with
many other parents of blind children and could use some advice for my child
and to share with other parents.

My daughter was effectively born blind having lost all usable vision by a
few months of age. She learned braille from the start and learned to type on
a perkins brailler first, then started to learn qwerty. She much prefers to
use a braille keyboard on her computer and notetaker (Apex) as well, keeping
a qwerety keyboard plugged in on her computer for occasional use for certain
keys and functions.

My question is this: What is the best way for a blind typist to learn to use
a qwerty keyboard; to do this most efficiently? Is it using JAWS feedback
with the repeating of characters verbally as typed? What about the braille
key caps, or at least braille stickers for keys? (I have never yet found a
USB braille key capped keyboard, only an old PS-2 style unit) I get that
touch typing and just pressing down on braille key caps would be of little
use braille-wise, but is is like for sighted typists, in that it helps get
reoriented when your fingers move or you get distracted, etc., and just to
learn qwerty in the beginning? It would be easy enough to remove the braille
and go with a standard keyboard later on-- conventional keyboards are cheap.

What we end up with as parents is an argument between (mostly
typically-sighted) parents that braille caps are a great idea vs. how bad of
an idea they are to use. I'm not trying to sit in either camp-- I'm
wondering which seems to help (and curious about any suggestions of the best
ways to learn qwerty typing without vision).

I don't want to clog up the list too much with this, though it is
JAWS-related, obviously. Please do feel free to reply directly if you
prefer. Your response may be valuable to quite a few parents of younger,
keyboard-learning braille computer users, so thanks for any experience you
may be able to share.

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