If you have good use of one hand, you must first try to learn a system that enables you to work study, and play on a standard, normal keyboard. This one hand typing system is called One Hand QWERTY. This method teaches the one hand user to type on a normal keyboard, with one hand, just as fast as he would on an adaptive keyboard.
If you are searching for options for a young person with a hand disability, then it is MANDATORY that you do NOT try alternatives to the standard keyboard if the child has full use of one hand. Child typists and Assistive Technology and Adaptive Keyboards
Voice recognition is available right now in almost all new computers. Wearable computers are just around the corner for mainstream use. In another 20-30 years, my guess is we will all be working with some form of voice recognition wearable computer, very possibly attached to our cell phones. However, someone will still be programming those computers, and being paid a great deal to do it. My guess is, those people will still be using a standard QWERTY keyboard. Will that be you? To fill the next 30 years with productivity, I suggest you learn to use the standard keyboard before you learn the alternatives.
Voice Activation is a wave coming forward for ALL typists. Hear that last word - TYPISTS. First, learn how to type with one hand. Just as you should not use books on tape as a substitute for learning to read, first get comfortable with the skill of typing. Aim for at least 30 words per minute, then explore the tools available to ease the strain on the hands, like voice activation.Once you have, there are many available, try these at Amazon.com for voice activation software.
The three main drawbacks of voice activation software are:
a. the time it takes to program
Where to buy and to learn more
Use the standard keyboard (ONE HAND QWERTY)*
Children, and those who have not yet learned to type*, or those who knew how to type, but have been "hunting and pecking for at least 6 months since their injury.
|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.||$49|
Half QWERTY Half Keyboard
|Adults who knew how to touch type before their disability to one hand|| |
Learn Half-QWERTY in a matter of minutes, with little or no retraining.
Half Keyboard (left hand only)
|Adults who have seriouly tried to learn One Hand QWERTY, and like the idea tyring to learn a new way to type.||The keyboard is layed out in an alterntive layout, but shaped to better help the hand||$695|
Bat one hand keyboard
|Those with disabilities in both hands||Uses simple "cords," with very little movement||$199|
One Hand Dvorak
|Adults who have seriouly tried to learn One Hand QWERTY, and like the idea tyring to learn a new way to type.||The keyboard is layed out in an alterntive layout.||Free|
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