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Q/ How do you use a computer?



A/ When I went blind, one of my first rehabilitation goals was to learn to touch type. Using a regular keyboard, I use a standard computer with a speech software programme called JAWS. When I type in a word the programme reads the word out so I can check what I have typed. Reading an email or word document is as simple as pressing “insert down arrow” (a JAWS key command because blind people don’t use a mouse) and then listening with your ears. Alternatively I can read the information with my fingers through an electronic braille display. A braille display has metal pins which pop up and down, forming new words in braille as the text changes.