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April 2002- About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly e-Newsletter

In This Issue:

* Make BUMPS for One Handed HOMEBASE keys

* Child Size Keyboard Confusion

* Rotten Things to Do on April Fool's Day!




* Make BUMPS for One Handed HOMEBASE keys


When teaching the one handtypist, it helps a great deal if you have something on F & J to help them find HOMEBASE without looking. Many keyboards come with bumps there. If not, consider one of the following options. These are not mandatory, but for the beginner, they are a great help!

Creating Keytop Bumps!


If your keyboard does not have bumps on F & J, it helps a great deal if you create some kind of bump, or roughness to help you find your HOMEBASE. Here are some ways to do it.


My personal favorite is to get some clear glue. Carefully put a tiny mound on F and J. Allow them to dry for at least two days to harden. Alternatively but a piece of rice, oatmeal, a bit of sand, or paper-hole-punch dot in the glue mound. You might something different under F than you use for J to give each it's own feel.


Consider any thin light material that has an adhesive, or for which you can add an adhesive. Try using a hole punch to cut dots from sticky-backed moleskin (foot care product). These comes in different thicknesses, try the thinnest. Perhaps those clear acrylic pre-gummed bumps that are sold to cushion glass shelves and table tops. They can be purchased at Home Depot or other large home improvement store, If these are too big, you can use a razor blade and carefully shave them to be lower. Do this before you stick them to the keys.


Arnold Reinhold, a member of one of our on-line e-mail support groups, suggests you get a pair of pliers, a lighter, candle or gas stovetop flame, and a paper clip. Have your keyboard ready close by, it does not need to be plugged in. Hold the paperclip in the pliers, over the flame. Get the just the toip of the paperclip red hot. Then, very carefully and gently touch the hot wire to the F key, making a small hole with raised edges. Repeat with J key. (You might first want to practice this a couple of times on a piece of scrap plastic.


You can remove any sharp edges with the fine sandpaper, but don't eliminate the raised sides of the holes.





As seen in the e-news HALF THE PLANET ...


The Second International Conference on Parents with Disabilities and their Families has been re-scheduled for May 2-4, 2002 in Oakland, California. Postponed from its original October dates due to 9/11, the three day conference will include workshops, panels and presentations by national and international speakers across a wide range of disciplines. The Second International Conference will be hosted by Through the Looking Glass (TLG), the U.S. National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. Space is limited, so please take the time to register now. Conference information including registration, accommodation, conference speakers and a conference schedule are posted on the TLG web site http://www.lookingglass.org.





Would you like to join in a disussion group? We have three e-mail discussion groups, I hope you will join one.


ONE: is for those professionals who deal with helping their clients with limb differences use a computer.

If you are a professional OT, Rehab professional, or teacher, and you would like to participate in the first group. e-mail: computer_solutions-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


TWO: Parents - a place for parents of kids with limb differences. Discussion is open. We just want to share ideas for solutions to challenges we face.

If you are a parent of child with a limb difference:

e-mail: kids_can-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


THREE: Disabled arms/hands: If you have a limb difference:

email onehanded-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


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Personally, I think the concept of finger placement and not peaking, needs to be taught in the first grade. But, a child size keyboard is needed so they CAN use the right placement.


BTW, don't be fooled in thinking a SPACE SAVING tiny keyboard, is a child size keyboard. Take a ruler and measure from Q over to P. On a normal keyboard this is 7 - 7 1/2 inches. If it is a child size keyboard, that measurement is anywhere from 10% to 30% less.


Most of the those SPACE SAVING keyboards are the same distance from Q to P as a normal keyboard.


Also, I was fooled into thinking the child's Winnie the Pooh keyboard was a child size keyboard. WRONG. What idiot made a Pooh Bear keyboard in an adult size????





Wondering what to do this Monday, April Fools Day? Here are some ideas!


Pour fake blood on you and pretend that you are dying or something really bad happen to you and you can't stop the bleeding.


Do what the French do, stick a fish on someone's back!


Prank call your friend's house if they don't have caller id!


Email someone you know every hour, on the hour, forward them a warning about the "Good Times" virus.


Change the time on someone's clock especially if they have to be some place and make it appear that they are running late.


Tell someone their shoe is untied or something else is wrong with them.


Ask someone to help you up from the floor and when they do, have them grab a fake hand.


Loosen the plug of your computer and tell someone that you can't turn it on.


Call your friend from a different phone other than your own, disguise your voice and pretend your the electric man or someone only if they don't have caller id.



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