Computer and Braille Literacy

Computer and Braille Literacy


SANDY TIGGES: The goals in each class are individualized
to meet the needs of each student. A person in computer class can learn current
computer programs using screen access software. TEACHER: Okay, now let’s down arrow ‘til you get to typing lessons. COMPUTER: Explore the keyboard… typing lessons. TEACHER: Enter. ST: We may have a student interested in becoming a computer programmer and that person will learn more complex computer processes. TEACHER: Okay, how are you coming on the document? STUDENT: On the document, I’m doing a little better.
This is what I got so far… Eventually when I go to school, I’m going to need
a computer to take tests and things. The main thing I was hoping to learn was how
to use the computers without seeing the screen and learn more Braille, to read my books easier. ALLEN HARRIS (Former IDB Director): If you took
all of the training that we could provide, if we taught people to read and write
Braille so that they were literate, if we taught them life skills, cooking and whatever, but that’s all we did, people who are blind
would leave here with those skills but without the will to do much with them. STUDENT: I find Braille so important in my life because a lot of times I like to pick up a book and
curl up in a chair and just read. Or sometimes I need to write down a phone
number or take a message. In Braille class, one of the things you’ll learn
is to use the slate and stylus and it will allow you to take notes in your everyday life. ALLEN HARRIS: We make a commitment to every client that
comes to us which goes like this: We are determined for you to be successful. (music)

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