Stroke Connection - January/February 2008 - (Page 32)
E V E RY DAY S U R V I VA L | Connecting You to Helpful Ideas One-Handed Typing oice-recognition software is not the answer for every stroke survivor. It may be a particular problem for those who have aphasia or dysarthria (slurred speech). While challenging, learning to type with one hand may be a better solution. There are several options available. The Half QWERTY keyboard allows the typist to type all letters on only half the keyboard. If you have use of your left hand, then you type on the left half of the keyboard and access the right-hand keys by holding down the space bar. For right-handed users, it’s the opposite. The BAT keyboard is a one-handed, compact input device that replicates all the functions of a full-size keyboard with only seven keys. Letters, numbers, commands and macros are simple key combinations called “chords.” MALTRON single-handed keyboards use an entirely different keyboard arrangement and keyboard design. The concave keyboard was engineered so that keys can be accessed quickly and comfortably. V One-hand DVORAK is a regularly shaped keyboard on which the letters have been rearranged from the standard QWERTY arrangement. The developers claim that this arrangement allows for faster typing. Most computers have a switch that allows use of a DVORAK keyboard. Big-key keyboards have larger keys (1” square) than regular keyboards and may be easier for survivors with either fine-motor skill challenges or visual impairments to navigate. They are available in either QWERTY or ABC formats. These keyboards have a “no run-on keys” feature, which means only a single character will be generated regardless of how long the key is held down. One-handed QWERTY touch typing is a training program that puts home base at FGHJ. Finger 1 (index finger on the right hand or pinkie on the left hand) handles all keys to the left of R, F, V and the numeral 4; finger 4 handles all keys to the right of U, J, M and the numeral 7. Finger 2 handles T, G, B and 5; finger 3 handles Y, H, N and 6. Developed by a one-handed typist, this program aims to train people to type without looking at the keys. For more information on these products and one-hand typing in general, visit www.aboutonehandtyping.com. 32 S T R O K E C O N N E C T I O N Ja n u a r y | Feb r u a r y 2 00 8
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