Typing tutorials for people with special needs

28th August 2013  •  1 comment  •  Posted in Learning difficulties, Software news

Most people would agree that typing is now regarded as an essential skill.  In fact it is taught in many schools.  Typing with just one or two fingers is a very slow and frustrating way of doing things.

learning to typeThere are many teach-yourself typing tutorials on the market and certainly they are far more imaginative and engaging than they used to be.  Mavis Beacon which has always been one of the steadfasts in now on its 25th edition and still going strong.  In the main though Adapt-IT has concentrated on typing tutorials for people with special needs of one sort or another – typing tutorials for people who are blind, for those with learning difficulties or for children etc.


Typing programs for visual impairment

Our favourite typing program for people with a visual impairment is Azabat Talking Touch-Typing Tutorial, which has both Introductory or Advanced versions or a combined Introductory and Advanced bundle.

The program runs for a CD and provided you have a soundcard and speakers, incorporates a screen reader which announces all the commands and the keys that you type.


Typing programs for dyslexic users and adults with special needs

There are a few programs that we have identified that are helpful for adults with learning difficulties.  Kaz Typing Tutorial have a range of typing programs.  UltraKey is also well suited for adults with learning difficulties.


Typing programs for children

Most of the typing programs available are designed with children in mind.  In particular Nessy Fingers and EnglishType Senior (for ages 10 – adult) and EnglishType Junior (for ages 7 – 12).


Special typing programs

Not to forget two programs designed specifically for people with disabilities.  Five Finger Typist is a typing tutorial to help people with use of only one hand, to type in a more efficient way and Look to Learn, which is designed to help people who are using eyegaze systems to learn to type …. with their eyes.


One response to “Typing tutorials for people with special needs”

  1. Bernadette says:

    You need all sorts of typing skills now – five digits for standard keyboards, 2 fore-fingers for tablets and thumbs for smartphones! Maybe the variety is a way of avoiding RSI?

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