I started programming interactive educational typing programs in 1982 on the Commodore 64 with the guidance of my Uncle Jack Heller who was a well known pioneer in the special education field.  He conducted seminars all over the world, taught teachers how to teach a special needs person and wrote many typing books all of which were published by Gregg-McGraw-Hill.  How to Master Touch Typing Step-by-Step, Typing for Individual Achievement and Typing for the Physically Handicapped.

We made a wonderful team and together transposed all of his books into educational computer programs. McGraw-Hill published our program Keyboarding for the Physically Handicapped in 1984.

This Website is only here because of the years of work and research he did prior to me starting with him.

For my Great Uncle Jack,

I'll always Love and Miss You!

Should you have any questions, 
please feel free to Email me.
 
Happy Typing,
 
Gary Byowitz
President/Software Designer

 

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Our lessons are interactive, and build upon what is already learned. This greatly reduces frustration levels, while ensuring maximum retention of the information.  We’re also very sensitive to a student’s dignity – you won’t find “TYPING FOR THE LEARNING DISABLED” (or similar) on the package for the student to read.

Lastly, we’d like to mention that we listen to the needs of our clients.  Our programs are not limited by what you see here.  We can develop a touch-typing program for any special circumstance you need addressed.  In fact, many of the programs we now offer came about because someone requested it.
 

Company History


In the early 1960’s, Jack Heller (B.S., M.S.), a special education teacher with 35 years experience, saw the need for a course that would teach touch-typing to students with physical handicaps.  His research and development led to his book, “Typing for the Physically Handicapped,” previously published by McGraw-Hill.

In 1984, Mr. Heller’s nephew, Gary Byowitz, joined his uncle and began writing software programs that would allow students to interactively learn the lessons using computer keyboards.  The software program he developed is known today as “Keyboarding for the Physically Handicapped” – and includes lessons for 20 different hand abilities.

The two continued their work together and soon modified and improved the programs to include children who have dyslexia or other learning challenges.  The course, “Keyboarding for Individual Achievement” was adapted from “Typing for Individual Achievement” and includes versions for the learning disabled, the dyslexic, and the visually limited. 

Mr. Byowitz wrote a keyboarding software program especially for bilingual (Spanish/English) students adapted from Jack Heller's instructional materials he created in fourteen languages.

Each keyboarding software program is designed to honor Jack Heller’s commitment to maintain a student’s dignity.  All programs can be customized for individual needs.  

"Typing for the Physically Handicapped"

"Typing for Individual Achievement"

"How to Master Touch Typing - Step-by-Step"


Teachers’ Institute for Special Education is based in Sunrise, Florida.