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I just thought you might like to know this for future reference. The program you sent to me for the Windows MS Word Document handbook, does work with Windows 95. I have it set up and it works great! I also wanted to let you know that I find using the sticky keys does work better than just using the cap locks key because, the sticky keys allow you to do the symbols and the upper punctuation without having to use two hands.

You only need to hit the proper key once and then the symbol key you want to place in your text. Example :

1= cap locks key only

1=! , with the sticky key and the shift key be pressed one time.

- Sheri Lynn Andrews, one hand typist

(Ed. note: Stickey keys is free part of the MAC operating system under EASY ACCESS and of MSWindows.

Sticky Keys. Part of Easy Access, StickyKeys is a software keylatch, meaning it can help you hold down keys during times when you must press two or three keys simultaneously (if you need to type a capital letter or a question mark, for example). For people with a physical disability who type with one finger or with a mouth wand, this keylatch feature is a helpful tool.

1. Turn on StickyKeys by pressing the Shift key five times. (You can also use the Easy Access Control Panel to turn StickyKeys On and Off). You'll notice a sound effect and a small icon of an empty bucket appearing in the upper right hand corner of the menu bar, indicating StickyKeys is active.

2. Type a capital letter using StickyKeys by taking one finger and pressing the Shift key once. Look at the StickyKeys icon again and you'll see that there is now an arrow pointing into the bucket. This indicates the Shift key you just pressed has been "locked" into memory. The next letter you press will be capitalized.

3. You can also use StickyKeys for sequences that require more than two modifier keys to be held down simultaneously (for example, Command-Shift-1 to eject a floppy disk).

4. Turn StickyKeys off by pressing the Shift key (again) five times (or go to the Easy Access control panel).

Note: This new version of the popular Easy Access control panel allows Sticky Keys to remain active after waking up if it was active when the PowerBook or other portable computer went to sleep. Also, Easy Access now remembers whether sticky keys, mouse keys, and slow keys were on or off between restarts.



MouseKeys. Part of Easy Access, MouseKeys is a program that lets you control all mouse movements by typing on the numeric keypad. This utility is especially valuable for people who lack the manual dexterity to maneuver a mouse.

1. Turn on MouseKeys by pressing Command-Shift-Clear simultaneously. You can also use the Easy Access control panel to turn MouseKeys on and off.

You'll notice a zipping sound indicating that MouseKeys has been activated. Now you can use the numeric keypad to direct mouse movements on the screen. The numbers on the keypad are like the points of a compass. The 5 key on the numeric keypad serves as the mouse button. The 8 key goes up, the 2 key goes down, the 4 key goes left and the 6 key goes right. Mouse lock is the 0 key and the mouse button unlock is the "." key.

2. You can change the speed of the mouse cursor by modifying the Easy Access control panel. Change the Initial Delay setting to "short" and change the Maximum Speed setting to "fast." Now try using MouseKeys again, and notice the change in speed.



Slow Keys.

Part of Easy Access, SlowKeys enables the user to change the length of time it takes for a keystroke to be registered on the screen. This allows for several keys to be pressed accidentally without effect. For a child or adult with fine motor difficulties, this customizable feature saves unwanted keystrokes from appearing on the screen.

1. Turn on SlowKeys by opening up the Easy Access control panel. You'll hear a zipping sound effect signifying that SlowKeys is activated. Change the Acceptance Delay setting to increase the time between keystrokes.

Note: There is also a Mouse Keys for the PowerBook (4k), because the PowerBook does not have a built-in numeric keypad. The file "Mouse Keys for the PowerBook" is used to emulate the numeric keyboard on the standard PowerBook keyboard.






There are several typing tutor softwares for the 10 and under typists. The three most popular are Jump*Start Typing, and Kids Keys, both by Knowledge Adventure, and Disney's Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa by Disney Interactive. There are no softwares appropriate for young one handed typist. The problem with the very young one hand typist, is that they must first learn FGHJ, and all the keys for which the strong hand is reponsible. Most of these programs show two normal hands in the tradition QWERTY positions. If the child is old enough to understand that they will ALWAYS need to look at things meant for the two handed person, and do a mental fix to adapt to themselve, then they can use any of the programs that show two normal hands. If not, you are just going to need to keep using the typing manaul, and help make it fun yourself. Once they have a good understanding of just which finger does which key, they can use any of the three softwares mentioned above.

Kids Keys is GREAT for the young typist, regardless of one hand or two. It does not push the two hand postion on the user. I have my 3 year old niece sit down with it, and she was entralled! She has two hands, but the one handed user would have not no trouble at all. This program is meant for the pre-school user.

Jump*Start Typing and Disney's Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa both show the two hands in two handed position. But, the are both great fun. If the young user has been engrained with the correct position for the one handed person, these are both fun options to help learn accuracy and speed. They have games, and cartoons what teach and challenge.


Jump*Start Typing, by Knowledge Adventure

Great for the two handed typist, as it has the phantom hands. But, the cartoons of Botty the robot, and the others are great fun. There are two areas: a laboratory, where the two phantom hands over the keyboards work you through drills. Then there is a sports "Olympic" field area, where the user plays games. These have no hands, the child just types the right keys to win games. These are very appropriate to the one handed user. The version I was sent had teaching materials for the school room.


Disney's Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa

have the same type of format, with the games not showing the two hands.






The One Arm Dove Hunt Association just mailed the information for this years hunt.
If you aren't on their list you can check out the announcement, click here


There has been 3 hand transplants done in the past two years. 2 of these were done by Jewish Hospital's Hand Team (my doctors!).

You can gain info on the recipients, click here


If anyone needs support on learning to touch type with one hand, ON A STANDARD KEYBOARD, there is are free downloads at our website. Go to, http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/manual.html


Scroll down to HOW TO ORDER, the free download links are at the end of the chart.

You can download the first 39 pages of the One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual,

in Microsoft Word (r) document, or as a PDF file.


These free 39 pages will teach you:

* all about where you put your hand,

* how to position the keyboard and screen,

* how to use a mouse with one hand.

* first three lessons (with the drills):

HOMEBASE - which is FGHJ, and learning the E key.

* some of the neat motivational stories are included in the free downloads :))


These FREE downloads will give anyone wondering about using a standard keyboard with one hand, all they will need to get started.





I have been on a mailing list for a while, off for a few months. The "web master" is Bill Baughn at bbaughn@BELLSOUTH.NET. This list is a good place to "watch" what others are saying about different issues. I usually got between 20 and 40 e-mails a day from this group. This was a wonderful place to go right after her birth. We didn't know that she was going to have a hand missing, so we needed the support of a group of people who were familiar with what we were feeling.
- Becky Altvater, grandmother of Sydney Marie Majors



I value the RESNA list serv, used extensively by those in the Computer applications special interest group- see www.resna.org- as the people on it answer questions and usually have alot of experience in various computer accessmethods to back up what they say.
- Linda S. Petty, OT, Clinical Specialist, ATRC, Univ. of Toronto Information Commons

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