PHP’s Supported Typing Users Group is called Loud Talking Fingers.
The group offers a friendly, accepting, community for those who can’t rely on speech to communicate and utilize Supported Typing as a primary way of communicating with others. We have been meeting together since January 2006 and it’s never too early or too late to get started for anyone who is a candidate.
“In the group, we talk about whatever anyone wants to talk about. The conversations are usually interesting and inspiring. I especially enjoy meeting other supported typing users and talking to them about how their lives are going for them.”
~ Tyler, ST user, Santa Cruz, CA
The following information, from Syracuse University’s Institute on Communication and Inclusion, explains more about Supported Typing:
“This is a form of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) in which people with disabilities and communication impairments express themselves by pointing (e.g., at pictures, letters, or objects) and, more commonly, by typing (e.g., with a keyboard). The method involves a communication partner who may provide emotional encouragement, communication supports (e.g., monitoring to make sure the person looks at the keyboard and checks for typographical errors), and a variety of physical supports, for example to provide backward resistance, to slow and stabilize the person’s movement, to inhibit impulsive pointing, or support rhythm; the facilitator should never move or lead the person.
The goal is independent typing, nearly independent typing (e.g., a hand on the shoulder or intermittent touch), or a combination of speaking with typing – some individuals have developed the ability to read text aloud and/or to speak before and as they are typing. Typing to communicate promotes access to social interaction, academics, and participation in inclusive schools and communities.”
For more information on Supported Typing, click this link to Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University in New York.
All Loud Talking Fingers meetings are held at PHP offices in San Jose. Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1-2:30pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot before attending. Guests are welcome!