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Fall '02 - About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Monthly e-Newsletter


In This Issue:

> More on Jim Abbott, Famed One Handed Pro Baseball Star

> One Arm Bandits Baseball Team!!

> New TV Show with Deaf Character as Star

> LapTops and One Hand Typists

> Typing Tips




Jim Abbott is a very famous baseball player. He has thrown a no-hitter, won Olympic gold in 1988, and been on Letterman. He is one of a handful of professional players who never once put on a minor-league uniform, jumping instead straight from college baseball to the big league. He is the only player in major league baseball who was born with one hand. Jim was able to reach the major league without having a right hand, and he quickly became one of the better pitchers in the game during the early 1990's. No one thinks of Jim as being handicapped, excepted those whom lost the game because of Jim amazing ability. They wanted to know how on earth they could handicap him!



I never learned a touch-typing system, but I wish I had. In college, I had to ask other people type my longer papers. I could hunt and peck, but I wasn't able to speed around the typewriter. Back then typing was as important as it is today, with my hand, it never occurred to me that I might learn a better way. It never occurred to my teachers that I might be able to learn!

Today, with only my hunt and peck skills, I am able send email, cruise the Internet, and do some work on my computer. Now I can see what a great asset it would be if I had learned a one-hand typing system.

You know what? While you are sitting there, working on learning this great skill, I will be too. If I can make the Olympics, I can learn to type! So can you. Think of me as you get faster, and better at typing, because I will be working on it too!

- Jim Abbott

For information on how to bring Jim Abbot to speak at your meeting or event,
contact Lilly Walters 909-398-122





One Arm Bandits Baseball team!!


The One Arm Bandits is a softball team in which 15 of 18 players are missing an arm or part of an arm. Some players lost their arms in accidents and some like their creator, Victor Rosario, were simply born with one arm. Neither Victor nor his teammates let their handicap stand in their way...... they compete in a modified C division fast pitch softball league throughout Dade County, Florida, that has no other disabled players


It has been said that rival teams often freeze in awe when the Bandits show off their incredible one-hand technique. Victor explained, "Imagine, to get a grounder, you field it, but then you've got to drop the glove grab the ball and throw it."


Recently, the team traveled to Venezuela to play five games against the newly formed Bandidos de un Solo Brazo (One Arm Bandits) in the first international games in the history of softball where two teams with the use of only one arm competed against one another. The games, eight in all, were televised throughout Venezuela as well as being broadcast over the radio. These extraordinary games had over 2000 spectators at each game enthusiastically cheering both teams.


The team also visits local children's hospital wards giving speeches and serving as role models. They have been recognized in local and international media for being the first team of its kind and have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, N. Y.


Not limiting themselves to one handicap, the One Arm Bandits - with the assistance of Metro-Dade Parks - established a "Beep Softball " program. For the first time, blind children in Dade are able to plan, softball by listening to the beep of the oncoming ball and competing like other children do.


Victor Rosario and the One Arm Bandits are testimony to the inspirational message "Yes, you can,"especially to people who think they can't.

Click on the baseball diamond logo to enter






2. "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye" (from the iCan enews)


"Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye" is a new PAX television series inspired by the true experiences of the first female FBI agent who was deaf.


Review: Show gives realistic look at FBI agent's actions and experience



Deanne Bray: Playing a role that reflects her life









You cannot use a laptop for a one handed typist. If you were using two-hands, the keyboard would center straight out from your belly button - the middle of your body. The screen would be right in back on that. So, you would have a straight line from your belly button, to through the center of the keyboard, to the center of the screen. HOWEVER, in ONE HAND TYPING the keyboard is offset to the side, depending on which hand the typist uses. If you use the right hand, it offsets to the right. If you use the left hand, it will offset to the left.


You center 'HOMEBASE,' on the keyboard, (HOMEBASE is the four keys in the very center of all the letters - F G H J) just about straight out from your hip.


To find just the right place for your keyboard, sit at your work area, and allow your arms to hang down. Keeping your elbow pressed lightly at your side, take your typing arm and lift just the lower arm up naturally. Keep the elbow at your waist. Your arm should not be reaching forward, left, or right. Ideally, it is also not reaching upwards, but coming straight out.


Position the keyboard so the F G H J keys on the keyboard are directly under your hand.


Lap tops are great because of the smaller keyboard. However, you must then move the entire device to the right, or left to center in front of the arm of your more able hand. This means the screen is no longer directly in front of your eyes. Unless the keyboard disconnects from the screen, a lap top is not a good alternative. A small keyboard is.


Do not be confused by a space saving keyboard, and child size keyboard.


Space Saving Keyboard: (takes up less space on your desk, but distance from Q to P is the same as the standard)


Child Size Keyboard: (distance from Q to P is shorter)


See more at http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/littlefingers.html







Paper Holder Or Stand

You need something to hold the materials you are copying from almost straight. Do not let them lie flat your desk! You cannot sit up properly if you are craning over your desk. If you cannot afford one of those dandy stands, made for holding papers, then find something you can prop materials up against. Always prop up whatever you are reading from, so it is almost perpendicular to your desk.


Need help with drills? Here are TONS of freeware, and shareware touch typing tutors on-line. http://staminapro.com/typing.htm


For a fancier program to install on your computer, go to http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com

The link is on that first page where it says OPPS, you have TWO hands? It will take you to a list of softwares to help you increase your speed and accuracy in typing.





Would you like to join in a discussion 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




Lilly Walters



Phone 909-398-1228, Fax 626-335-6127

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