PHP’s support group for those who use Typing to Communicate is called Loud Talking Fingers.

The group offers a friendly, accepting, community for those who can’t rely on speech to communicate and utilize Typing to Communicate (TTC) as their primary means 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 users and talking to them about how their lives are going for them.”
~ Tyler, TTC user, Santa Cruz, CA

The following information, from Syracuse University’s Institute on Communication and Inclusion, explains more about Typing to Communicate:

“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 Typing to Communicate, 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 happen one Saturday each month from 1-2:30pm, check the “Meeting Calendar” link to find upcoming dates.  Please email to reserve a spot before attending.  Guests are welcome!