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AUGUST - About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly e-Newsletter

 

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In This Issue:

1) One Handed Tips for Office Workers! (A Report is being worked on now!)

2) Need help creating a special mouse just for you?

3) Computer Humor - Computer Gender

4) More Than Hope

 

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1) Tips For One Handed Office Workers! Clerical Tasks and the One Handed Office Worker!

 

Introduction

You are in an office enviorment, and you only have one good hand? Me too. Poor us, we can just struggle along, doing the best we can

Nonsense!

There is no difficulty for a one-handed person to be a tremendous asset in any office. The difficulty lies in the minds of the person with the disability, and in the minds of their parents, teachers and supervisors who told them, "Oh, there are OTHER THINGS you can do."

Yes, there are others things you can do, as well as be the most productive person in your office! It's is upto you.

  • I don't see why a one-handed person would have much difficulty being productive in today's workplace. Few employers are asking how fast you can type these days -- they're more interested in your mastery of office software, business knowledge, customer-service savvy, and most importantly, communications skills (written and verbal).
    - Rick Stroud, Communications Manager
    International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
    Kansas City, MO
    Web site: www.iaap-hq.org

 

Whether you have one hand, or two, you can and should be the most valuable person in your office. The one they call on when they need help! My office team calls on me if the computer even blinks. Most people think of the computer as a skill centered around a keyboard, a two handed task. My office team thinks of any computer issue as Lilly's task, regardless of my hands! Which, by the way, are one and a1/4.

In this report I have gathered ideas and tips from one-handed office workers, and their friends to help you find ways to

Make the office run smoother and faster.

Turn yourself into the most valuable player on your team!

 

Organize Your Workspace

  • Organization is the ultimate savoir for us handless workers. Having tools and supplies in your "comfort zone" and situated to your particular habits is essential. I am reminded of the one-handed pitcher for the Anaheim Angels - Jim Abbott - not one wasted movement and such great balance, always keeping his pitches low and to the left.
    The one tip I would pass along that has helped me is to keep "my desktop" clutter free. Always keep it "my desktop", that includes the computer desktop as well as the surface it sets on. That sounds a little one-way but it is a very good habit! This means explaining to co-workers, or shared space partners, that you need to have your items returned to the space that they were "abducted" from. Most people don't mind this as they have their own idiosyncrasies concerning "desktop" Etiquette.
    - John M Ames
    Computer End-User Support Specialist
    Eugene, Oregon
    adja@uswest.net
    Has no use of either hand.

 

  • Use clips to organize papers on your boards. Use a book holder with a page turner if needed. Try to organize things so they are within easy reach on your functional side.
    - Cheryl Bryant-Bruce, MD

 

Phones

Head phones are a must!

Use of the speed dial/memory feature on your phone will greatly speed up your productivity.

Many in your office won't know use to program the speed dial. Find the manual it came with, and devour it! Be the one in the office that knows how the darn thing works!

 

Typing and Keyboarding

If you have still have good use of at least one hand, you have two directions, depending on whether you were ever a speed touch typist with two hands.

ONE:

Use the standard keyboard (ONE HAND QWERTY)* Good hand centers on FGHJ

BEST FOR: Those who have not yet learned to type, AND for those who once knew how to type, but have been "hunting and pecking" for at least six months with their one strong hand since their disability.

WHY? Sellablity in the job market. 100% compatible with the mainstream for work and play, enables the one hand person to use the same computer and keyboards as any two handed person. Least expensive.

PRICE: $13.95 - $14.95 typing manual. see more at How to! or see the free downloads

 E-book - PDF file

E-book - Microsoft Word version *

E-book - Microsoft Word version on disc  PDF on a disc Actual comb bound printed manual
Delivered to you via  e-mail  e-mail Mail ­ postal or UPS  Mail ­ postal or UPS  Mail ­ postal or UPS
Cost  $13.95 $13.95  $14.95 $14.95  $14.95 
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TWO:

HALF KEYBOARD (HALF QWERTY SYSTEM), Cuts the keyboard in HALF, and has one hand do what it always knew how to do. The other half of the keyboard is done by the strong hand, but on the same half of the keyboard, in a "mirror image."

BEST FOR: Adults who knew how to touch type before their disability to one hand (only available for the LEFT hand, until late in 2001)

WHY: Learn on the half keyboard in a matter of minutes, with little or no retraining.

PRICE: $99.00 for the left handed user (half keyboard), $399 for the right handed user (Software only until 2002).

 

Office Software

Using software programs - well - will make you the most valuable member of your team! Read the manuals! Know how they work. You will be amazing that 95% of those in ANY office barely know how to use the most basic software. They maybe the best secreatry in your company, but they still have barely scratched the surface of things those softwares can do. Take the classes at your local JC. The most often used in the office are: Microsoft Office, and the programs in contains, like MS Word, Excel, and PowePoint. All of these have short cuts. Learn these, and you will get your work done much faster than your two handed co-workers.

 

Sticky Keys

  • If you use windows you can hit the SHIFT key 5 times to turn on STICKY KEYS which allows you to hit the SHIFT key once and then the next key you hit will be capitalized or if you hit a number key it will give you the symbol (!@#$%) above the number key.
    Another accessibility feature I find helpful is using "sticky keys" so that I don't have to hit "alt, control, delete" all at the same time. At work now, they have set up all the new computers so that you have to do this every time you log on. The sticky keys means that I can hit alt, then control, then delete, without becoming a contortionist!
    - Angela Snow, Melbourne, Australia.
    dbk, lbe, partial right hand
    pneumococcal septicaemia 1995

 

Opening Mail

Try an electric letter opener.

 

  • Although a little difficult to get used to, the electric letter opener saved my arm the motion and pressure of using a letter opener. I had had radial tunnel surgery on my dominant arm; one of my job functions was to open the mail for a 4-doctor office.
    - Joyce

 

  • Opening envelopes takes me forever, so I generally ask someone else to do it for me. Same goes for putting things in envelopes.
    - Angela Snow, Melbourne, Australia.
    dbk, lbe, partial right hand
    pneumococcal septicaemia 1995

I WILL PUT MORE IDEAS UP AT THE WEBSITE, see http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/office.html

Have more ideas? PLEASE!! Email them to me. Lilly@aboutonehandtyping.com

 

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2) Need help creating a special mouse just for you?

I received e-mail from someone who would like to help people who need a special mouse. He tells me he does not want much money, he just wants to be helpful. So, here is his contact. I have not yet had anyone tell me they have worked with this person. So, if you do, give me some feed back :)

 

In a message dated 7/27/01 2:09:08 PM, jc_simpson64@yahoo.com writes:

 

Hello Lilly:

 

Up to now, 5 computer mouses down the line money has never

been involved between me and the users. I suppose if I have to

make a lot I might have to ask $5 to cover the basic cost.

 

This is not for profit, I just want to help. I bought 2 used mouses

today for $6 as they are going to be taken apart anyhow, so the

cost isn't a problem.

 

I still hope I can be of some help.

--- J.C.

 

I do not know J.C., I have never meet him, nor have I talked to those he has helped. Sounds like a great guy with a good heart. I never been one to be wary of strangers.

But I keep my eyes open and carry a big stick <g>.

 

See more on One Handed Mousing at ...

http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/mice.html

 

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3) COMPUTER HUMOR

Computers: Masculine or Feminine?

A language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns,

unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as

masculine or feminine. Things like ''chalk'' or ''pencil,'' she described,

would have a gender association. For example: House is feminine -- ''la''

maison. In English, of course, words are of neutral gender.

 

Puzzled, one student raised his hand and asked, ''What gender is a

computer?''

 

The teacher wasn't certain which it was, and so she divided the class

into two groups and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine

or feminine. One group was made up of the women in the class, and the other

of the men. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their

recommendation.

 

The men decided that computers should definitely be referred to in

the feminine gender (la) because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers

is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for

later retrieval.

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself

spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

 

The group of women, however, concluded that computers should be

referred to in the masculine (le) gender because:

1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.

2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.

3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the

time they are the problem.

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited

a little longer, you could have had a better model.

 

(AUTHOR UNKNOWN, Email me if you know who wrote this.)

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4) MORE THAN HOPE

 

by Lilly Walters

My mother wrote a story about me called, "Angels Never Say Hello." It has been published many places, but was made the most famous in the "Chicken Soup of the Soul," books and tapes. When that happened, my phone started ringing, and I started to cry a great deal. "... I just read your story in 'Chicken Soup' ... "I didn't know there was hope for my son." ... " my child lost the use of her arm, we didn't think there was any hope he would ever be able to type..."

No hope? That was impossible! There was so much more than just hope. All these years I had just assumed that everyone would be using some new, updated, really terrific version of that old one-handed touch-typing system I had learned so many years before. So, I just told everyone that called, "Call the local rehab department at the hospital in your area, they'll know!"

They called around, then called me back. No luck. No manuals. No one knew a thing about it.

"Mary is so shy since the accident, she would love to learn to type so she can play with the other kids. They told her there is a special keyboard we could buy for her. But I was hoping she could learn to use a standard keyboard, like the other kids use. No hope?"

I cried! The answer was so easy! Every occupational therapy person dealing with hand issues must know these kids could easily be taught a speed typing system.

So, I called IBM, whom we all thought had published the manual. "We never published such a manual. It must have been a sample our manager had on his desk the day your Mom called." The also said they had been besieged with calls from people who had read my story and wanted such a system for their children.

I got on the phone, trying to find a one-handed typing manual. I thought, everyone in rehabilitation therapy must be suggesting some simple little manual that uses a standard keyboard, over the non-standard $600 keyboard that computer manufacturers pushed!" I had great hopes.

Over the next 5 days I called over 50 rehabilitation experts, occupational therapists, hand surgeons, hospitals, Associations and typing teachers. Only two people were even aware that a one-handed person might WANT to type, neither had bothered to peruse it for their patients. I asked - over and over again - "What do you tell kids with the use of only one hand about learning to type?"

Their answers made me very sad. I cried a great deal that week.

Typing meant so much to the struggling child I had been; more to the adult I have become. This art of typing feeds my soul and my purse! Every time I sit down at this keyboard I feel a thrill, a sense of power, a joy in expression. What would I have done if Mom had given in to despair 30 years before? Typing skills were very important 30 years ago. Keyboarding skills are essential today! How could this have been lost?

I finally found a one-hand typing manual, the only one in print. It was just gathering dust at the publishers. I vowed to write my own manual.

And I did. I typed every word of that manual - just for you.

Today, when I send off my One-Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual, I send a little message to another new typing friend. Always, I cry because somebody else is going to join me in this fantastic world of words, stories, jobs, dreams, and so much more than just hope. As the letter goes off, I dry my eyes and go back to work, typing away on another book or project with my wonderful keyboard.

Soon the phone rings, "I just read your story ... I didn't know there was hope."

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