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Rather than just drills, I have included motivational quotes and messages in the One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual that will inspire and encourage the one hand typist. For instance, did you know that Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), the famous French Impressionist painter and sculptor, was so disabled by rheumatoid arthritis, his paint brushes had to be tied to his hands?

Start here, read the story that started us in all this, read by over 1 million! Published in Chicken Soup for the Soul®


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The Master's Hand

My Mother To You More Than Hope Why Do These Things Have To Happen?

Jim Abbott, Major League Baseball Pitcher

 Neat Quotes

Neat quotes and facts about ...

Jim Abbott Bob Dole

 Bree Walker

 Art Berg

Helen Keller

John Wesley Powell

Albert Einstein

Thomas Alva Edison

 Can You Be A Superstar With Only One Hand?

Having only one hand might make you feel handicapped. But, the reality is, you are as handicapped as you want to be. With two perfect hands you can do a 9 million things. With one-hand, you can do 8 million. You can focus on the 1 million you can't do, or on the 8 million you can do. No one accomplishes even a fraction of those things we could do, if we would just try. But, can you have superstar accomplishments, with one less hand than the rest of the world?

Meet Jim Abbott

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
(c) 2000, from Lilly Walters One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual: With Personal Motivational Messages From Others Who Have Overcome!
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 For another motivational message from Jim Abbott see It's Not Gone, But What's Given

and

The Master's Hand

My Mother To You More Than Hope Why Do These Things Have To Happen?

Jim Abbott, Major League Baseball Pitcher

 Neat Quotes

Neat quotes and facts about ...

Jim Abbott Bob Dole

 Bree Walker

 Art Berg

Helen Keller

John Wesley Powell

Albert Einstein

Thomas Alva Edison


Meet Helen Keller(1880-1968),

Blind/deaf author, lecturer, who typed all of her own books and speeches

Keep your face to sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows.
- Helen Keller

The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me.
... there are those whose hands have sunbeams in them, so that their grasp warms my heart.
- Helen Keller The Story of My Life, pt. 1, ch. 23 (1903).

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
-
Helen Keller


Meet Bree Walker:

Today you can take this book and walk into any typing class! But it hasn't always been that easy. Meet Bree Walker: She was born with a rare genetic hand and foot anomaly called ectrodactyly, a syndrome marked by the absence of conventional fingers and toes. Bree Walker vaulted from success as a rock-and-roll disc jockey to greater success as a television news anchor in the nation's two largest markets.

Typing means a great deal to everyone who has taken the challenge to learn. You might type with your mouth and a stick, or with the conventional equipment, like with all those fingers a lot of you have.

For me, typing is rebellion fulfilled. I wasn't allowed into my high school typing class, exclusion wasn't against the law back then. So, when I taught myself to type, I was motivated with a sort of 'me against the world' attitude! Sometimes anger is a powerful tool for positive change.

Now I can type as fast as I can think - often faster! I show my kids they must not let their hands stand in the way of constant communication. The important thing I have to remind myself about while I type, is that I must remain patient with myself no matter what.

Now, you can take that typing class I was not allowed into. You can learn through joy and excitement, not with anger, as I was. Please, be patient with yourself as you learn this wonderful skill! It is a great way for you have fulfilling and rewarding communication! I will be thinking of you as reach for this goal.

With all my best wishes, and hopes.

- Bree Walker


Meet John Wesley Powell

We have an unknown distance yet to run,
an unknown river to explore.
What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not;
what walls ride over the river, we know not.

Ah, well! we may conjecture many things.
- John Wesley Powell, (1834-1902).

The man for whom the famous Lake Powell is named after. He was an American explorer, famous for his work as a geographical and geological surveyor of the Rocky Mountains, and into Colorado and Utah. At the time, these explorations were extremely physically difficult and dangerous. Yet, he not only led the teams, but did it with one arm. He was also a war hero, and had lost an arm from a wound obtained in the Civil War.


Meet Art Berg

Feel like it is impossible for your fingers to do anything? On December 26, 1983, at the age of 21, Art Berg broke his neck in a serious automobile accident, leaving him a quadriplegic. On July 10, 1993 he set a world-record by becoming the first quadriplegic, at his level of ability, to race an ultra marathon of 325 miles. Art has been seen by millions on national television and has authored two regionally best-selling books. He wanted to personally tell you something ...

Before I got hurt, I took typing in the 7th grade - very un-cool for a guy to do! After the injury, I relearned typing - very cool! It has opened a whole new world to me. I've written two books, typing them myself. I travel all over the world; more than 200,000 miles a year. I communicate daily using my typing skills. I search the Internet, finding great information to use in my speeches. I type responses to more than 100 e-mail messages a day to my clients and family.

When I was re-learning to type after my accident, sometimes the challenge seemed impossible; typing was at first slow and cumbersome. Today I type more than 45 words per minute with two fingers (of course, 38 of them are usually wrong!)

But I have found, in the inspirational words of my mother, that "while the difficult takes time,

the impossible just takes a little longer."

- Art Berg, author and member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, President, Invictus Communications, Inc.

Sen. Bob Dole

When I was growing up, "real men" didn't need to type. When I injured my arm in the war, it never occurred to me I might want too. Why would I need too? Today, I see children using this wonderful skill of keyboarding, I am amazed at how easily they learned! I see so many jobs, and opportunities that center around computers.

My hope for you is that you do whatever it takes to practice, and learn the valuable skill of typing!

Having only one-hand won't slow you down at all!
- Senator Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator from Kansas and Majority Leader of the Senate


 Meet Albert Einstein

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.
Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. scientist, who had a learning disability and did not speak until age 3.

 Meet Thomas Alva Edison

Famous scientist and inventor, who was unable to read until he was twelve years old

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas Alva Edison,

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work
- Thomas Alva Edison


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