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Download TypeAbility 4.4.4 for JAWS or Fusion
By the time the student has reached the 4th lesson, they are almost always ready to use TypeAbility independently. This is because TypeAbility is run entirely by using the easy to find Function keys in the top row. In fact, those are the first keys that TypeAbility teaches because they are so easy to find. Think of this: F1 repeats any instructions that may have been spoken; F2 goes to the next lesson; F3 opens a list of all 99 lessons and games so that you can choose any one you wish . . . in any order you wish. And all the other function keys each do particular actions necessary to access all of TypeAbility's features.
TypeAbility relies on JAWS for speech. It also teaches the most important JAWS commands for editing and for navigating documents, dialogs and the internet. JAWS is the most popular Windows screen reader and as such, is the first choice for almost all industries when hiring blind workers. With TypeAbility's integration with JAWS, users are assured not only a thorough education in typing, editing and navigating, but also a smooth entry into the workforce where JAWS is most often the primary Screen Reader.
One of the best ways to learn something new, and to perfect a skill is by playing a game that involves that skill. Whenever a new skill is taught in TypeAbility, an accompanying game is offered too. By playing TypeAbility games, students learn typing, editing and navigation skills without even being aware they're practicing skills. The focus is so totally on the fun of the games, the learning is hardly noticed!
In 1999, David Pinto developed a program that made recording music with a computer accessible to blind people. He started teaching it to young blind music prodigies. Although only a handful of keyboard shortcuts were necessary to run the program, the children constantly hit the wrong keys because they didn't know how to type. Because of this, it required one teacher for every student to ensure they didn't get in trouble using the computer. So David decided to make a learn-to-type program that would teach blind students how to type so that they could use the computer to record their music. This was the origin of TypeAbility! The program became so enjoyable and useful, it was expanded to teach not only typing, but also editing, navigating and how to use a computer. Teachers of the visually impaired were exposed to the program and suggested releasing it to the public. After numerous updates and improvements, TypeAbility was finally released to the public and is now the most popular Typing and Computer Tutor for the blind and visually impaired in public schools.