Computer courses for the vision impaired
COURSE 1: COMPUTING FOR LEISURE
Suitable For: Anyone who wants a basic, all-round introduction to computing and how computing ctan help with leisure activities, shopping and communicating with people.
Week 1: Basic Operating System
Introduction to Windows 7: desktop; icons; mouse actions (click, drag, drop, cut, copy, paste).
Some Windows 7 tools: Date and Time; Calendar; Notepad; Calculator
Week 2: Basic Internet
Introduction to the web: web browsers; web addresses and searches; bookmarks; online shopping.
Further web elements: search tips; web payment systems; cookies, pop-ups and browser history.
Week 3: Communicating via the computer
Introduction to using the computer to keep in touch: e-mail (how to send and receive messages); writing letters and documents; dealing with online forms.
Further aspects of e-mail: address books; mail lists; attaching photographs and documents.
COURSE 2: COMPUTING FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Week 1: Screen Magnifiers
Introduction to screen magnification: the advantages and disadvantages; built-in tools (Windows 7); free tools available online; Magnifier (in all three modes) and Virtual Magnifier.
Short introduction to Dolphin Supernova Magnifier.
Week 2: Speech Readers
Introduction to screen reading software: the concept of speech output, with a focus on the free system NVDA.
A look at other speech readers such as Supernova and Guide (both from Dolphin.)
Week 3: Other Technologies
A look at how various technologies help with computer use, including: enlarged screens; enlarged keyboards; coloured keyboards; document scanners; TV/Video magnifiers.
Demonstration of an inexpensive letter and document reader.