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Oct. 2001 About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly e-Newsletter

About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly Newsletter - September

 

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In This Issue:

 

1) The Disaster and the Disabled

2) New Keyboard

3) Why Do These Things Have to Happen? - by Lilly Walters

 

 

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1) Our hearts are breaking. When I think of those disabled, who could not walk out of those buildings ... Also, I just heard the story of blind man who, when he realized the problem, immediately released his seeing eye dog, and told him to run to safety. The dog ran ... then came back for his master and calmly led him to safety out of the building.

 

See http://www.ican.com for full reports, regarding the disabled, the disaster and how you can help.

 

 

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2) New Keyboard!

 

In case you missed my ravings in the past, I feel strongly that MOST one-handed users should learn to use the NORMAL keyboard they will find in the workplace.

 

My exception is the person who knew who to TOUCH TYPE before the problem to the hand. AND, whom we catch within 6 months of the injury. For these I suggest Half-QWERTY. A system that lets the strong hand do the touch typing it always did on the half of the keyboard that hand always used. For the missing half, it mirrors the missing keys, onto the side the strong hand uses (you hold down the space bar to make the key think it is the opposite key.) There are pictures at our website if that was too confusing.

 

They had software that made your computer convert your regular keyboard over. As the years advance, this software is getting very buggy, so they created a Half-KEYBOARD. Hang on, I'm not to the NEW news yet. The half keyboard was small and neat, but only for the LEFT hand user.

 

THE NEWS: The Half-QWERTY folks have been promising us the RIGHT HALF keyboard. But they got a much better idea. They are releasing the x2 Half Qwerty Keyboard. A normal keyboard with a switch at the top. The one handed user flips the switch, and the keyboard becomes either Left Half QWERTY, or Right, depending on the need. But the two handed person, leaning over the shoulder of the one handed person, trying to work on the same project, still uses the keyboard in the traditional two-handed way!

No software to install, just a normal keyboard to plug in.

 

I like this idea A LOT! Better yet, they are not over charging us because someone added the title "disabled" to the product! At $99, with only $8 s/h, it's not bad.

 

If you have not heard of Half QWERTY before, I have a huge research paper up at our site. Just go to the KEYBOARDS link, then see where the link is at the pictures of HALF-QWERTY for more information.

http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com

 

NOTE: I still feel this is still only an option for the person who knew how to TOUCH TYPE ****well****, within the past six to 12 months. Others I feel are better off learning to use the normal keyboard. Less hassle in the long run :))

 

 

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3. Why do these things have to happen?

by Lilly Walters

 

One of my joys and passions is my singing voice. I love to perform in our local community theatres. My throat got very sore during preparation for a praticually grueling show. It was my first time to try an operatic piece and I was terrified I had actually done damage to my vocal cords. I was a lead and we were were about to open. I made an appointment and took off to my family doctor - where I waited... and waited ..... for 60 minutes. I finally left in a huff, went back to work and grabbed a phone book and found a throat specialist close by. Once more I made an appointment for that afternoon, off I went.

The nurse showed me in and I sat down to wait for the doctor. I was feeling very disgruntled. I rarely get sick, and here I was, sick when I needed to heathly. Besides, I had to take time out of my work day to go to two different doctors, both of whom kept me waiting. Very frustrating. Why do these things have to happen? A moment later the nurse came back in and said, "May I ask you something personal?"

This seemed odd, what else do they ask you but personal questions in a doctors office?

"I noticed your hand."

I lost half of my left hand in a forklift accident when I was eleven. I think it is one of the reasons I didn't follow my dream of performing in theatre - although everyone says, "Gee, I never noticed! You are so natural " in the back of mind was the thought, they only want to see perfect people up there. No one will want to see me. Besides, I'm too tall, overweight, not really talented no, they don't want to see me. But I love musical comedies, and I do have a good voice. So one day I tried out at our local community theater .... I was the first one they cast! That was three years ago. Since then I have been cast in almost everything I tried out for.

I looked at the nurse and replied, "Yes, of course."

She seemed a bit hesitant, then asked, "I noticed your hand. What I need to know is, how has it affected your life."

Never in the 25 years since it happened has someone asked me this. Maybe they'll say, "Does it bother you." but never anything as sweeping as "how has it affected your life."

After an ackward pause, "You see I just had a baby, and her hand is like yours. I, well, I need to know how it has affected your life."

"How has it affected my life?" I thought about it a bit before I could of what was right to say, but before I really knew the right words, these came out, "It has affected my life, but not in bad way ... I do many things that people with two normal hands find difficult. I type about 75 words a minute, I play guitar, I have ridden and shown horses for years, I even have a Horsemaster Degree. I'm involved in musical theatre and I am a professional speaker, I'm constantly in front of a crowd. I do television shows 4 or 5 times a year. I think it was never 'diffucult' for because of my family. They always talked about all the great notoriety I would get because I would learn how to do things with one hand that most people had trouble doing with two. We were all very excited about that. That was the main focus, not the handicap."

"Your daughter does not have a problem. She is normal. You are the one that will teach her to think of herself as anything else. She will come to know she is 'different', but you will teach her that different is wonderful. Normal means you are average. What's fun about that?"

She was silent for awhile, then she simply said thank you and walked out.

I sat there thinking, why do these things have to happen? That everything happens for a reason - even that forlift falling on my hand. All the circumstances leadingup to me being at this doctors office and this moment it time.

The doctor came in and looked at my throat and said he wanted to anesthetize my throat and put a probe down it to examine it. Well, singers are very paranoid about putting medical instruments down their throats, especially ones so rough you need to be anesthetized! I said no thanks and walked out.

Next day, my throat was totally well.

Why do these things have to happen?

- Lilly Walters

P.S. For ways speakers, speakers bureaus and meeting planners are helping as individuals to protect Enduring Freedom,

see http://www.walters-intl.com/help.html

 

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