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Computer newbies forum: The best laptop for my blind daughter?

by: Ann7028 September 7, 2009 10:41 PM PDT

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The best laptop for my blind daughter?

by Ann7028 - 9/7/09 10:41 PM

My daughter just turned twelve and she has shown an interested in learning computers. She is completely blind but has a great sense of touch and hearing.
I've asked around on another forum, they suggested a desktop and a braille keyboard. I've taken strongly to their advice but, I thought I'd ask around and get as many opinions as possible.

We have two computers in our house, an old Apple Macintosh Performa 6200 (I no longer use this.) and I use the compaq that runs Windows ME.

I'm looking for a laptop that's 13 inches in size, light weight with good if not excellent battery life. Sturdy would be great, I know dropping any laptop would be bad but some must be more durable than others.
What laptop brand or OS do you think is the easiest to learn and has the least problems, and has great support for the blind? I'd like to get my money's worth, so all of this is extremely important.

I don't know much about computers and haven't kept up to date on any of them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I took her to best buy today to look at some computers but the young man there was very rude, telling my daughter not to "touch" the laptops on display. I explained to him that she was blind and he then insisted on saying blind people shouldn't have a need for computers. This discouraged her, but I refuse to quit looking. I sure hope this guy gets sacked.

Thanks in advance and I apologize if I've posted in the wrong forum section.

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