Most of us remember taking typing classes when we were in elementary school. They taught us how to hold our hands, swipe the keys and memorize the letters. In today’s technological world, the ability to type is a necessary skill to keep up with those around you.
For some people typing can be a very difficult task. It requires a steady hand and quick movements. Disabilities such as ALS or cerebral palsy make it impossible for a person to type quickly. This cuts them off from using the internet. Teenagers today can tell you that’s basically modern day equivalent of being stranded on a desert island.
It’s a greater issue when you consider that the internet is one of the few places where a person with a motor disability can communicate clearly with others. Online there is no need to speak aloud and a person can interact without being judged solely on their disability.
eType is a software program that allows users with a variety of typing problems to type efficiently. One feature is the program sets how long users can hold down a key to make a single selection. This allows users with motor control problems to type easier.
One of our Voz Box users Arlyn has recently begun writing a novel about her life story. She loves using eType because she can use it on her own, without anyone else’s help.
“I'm a writer with cerebral palsy, so eType is a big help. My typing is faster now that I'm using eType. It does give me more time to concentrate on the best way to convey my thoughts.” -Arlyn Edelstein
As she writes her hands move slowly across the keys, her typing tool strikes down hard on the button for several seconds. The program makes suggestions and speeds up her typing process by filling in the words for her. With eType she can take her time and speak her mind.
The program comes with many other awesome features such as spell check, autocomplete and 19 different language options. All of these features aid in speeding up the typing process for users like Arlyn.
However, the most important feature we all love about eType is its price tag. eType has a free download available to anyone interested in trying it.
We here at Project Vive are all about providing assistive technology to those who need it. The fact that literally anyone can use eType shows its incredible potential for the disability community.
You can find more information about this awesome software and how to download it here. This technology drastically increases typing speed for anyone, not only those with a disability. We recommend it to everyone and thank the team behind eType for helping people like Arlyn.