I don't happen to have RTM parents. Mostly because they aren't the type to read manuals themselves. I probably do it more than they do. An interesting story is when my mom was trying to set up her Gmail account on Outlook Express. I tried talking her through it, but it wasn't working. So I went to Gmail's website, found the OE instructions and printed them out for her. I told her to follow them and ask me questions as they come up. She quickly grew frustrated and gave up. So then I tried my dad, and asked him to set up OE for my mom and I gave him the same printed sheet of directions. He couldn't do it either! And personally I think they were some of the most straight-forward directions I've seen. I asked him some basics about his perception of the instructions, and it was clear that hehad no grasp of what he was about to do. That situation finally ended by me installing JAWS on my mom's computer and setting up her OE for her myself.
So, basically, my point is, to some extent, we're products of our environment. Monica's dad encouraged her to read the manual, and she does that still today. My parents aren't manual people, and as a result, neither am I. Although I've learned to be to some extent. Perhaps Monica's dad's way is better, but mine is just how it is. Monica mentioned that part of her dad's reason behind making her learn the computer herself is so that she can use a computer as well as sighted people. I've never had any doubts about that. I always figure I'm about as good of computer user as I would be sighted. I too hesitate to ask computer questions of sighted people. That's not however because I feel inferior to them, it's simply because our techniques for performing similar tasks are just very different. Interesting topic. Best, Allison----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
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Hi, Cindy. You know, in one way, I agree with you. In another, I understand what my dad is doing. He's requiring me to be as independent as possible, to only rely on a sighted person if it's absolutely necessary. He has done that since I was eight years old and got my first computer. They didn't have a functioning screenreader at that point, and he still made me learn to type and write programming on it. Now over 25 years later, I'm able to handle things well on most computers, even if I lose speech for awhile. So for me, with my personality and my situation, I think my dad actually did me a favor. He helps me without complaint if it's something I really can't do. When he tells me to "RTM," I take it as a reminder of his love for me and his faith that I can work it out if I put my mind to it. If I've read the help files and am still stuck, I do get the help I need. Monica Willyard Grandma Cindy wrote:Thank goodness my husband is not like your dad. He's willing to help when I run into a problem even when it's one I've been told before how to deal with and have forgotten because I didn't write it down. smile G.Cindy
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