How do you type?

THERE ARE SO MANY SWITCHING SYSTEMS AVAILABLE. EACH ONE DEPENDS ON WHAT AND WHERE THE PERSON HAS MOVEMENT (FINGER, HEAD, MOUTH, TOE). FOR THE BENEFITS OF OTHERS READING THIS POST, I WILL MENTION THE PRIMARY ONES THXS 2 TINA, IN MY STROKE YAHOO GROUP:
• JELLY BEAN SWITCH
• HEAD-STICK
• FOOT SWITCH
• JOYSTICK
• LASER POINTER, EITHER HELD IN HAND OR WORN ON GLASSES
• TRACKBALL
• SENSOR TRACKING, USES A TINY REUSABLE DOT WORN ON THE FOREHEAD OR ON GLASSES.
• TOUCHPAD
• SIP AND PUFF (WHICH MOST LIS/BSS CAN’T USE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T CONTROL EACH BREATH)
• ONE THAT MANY PEOPLE AREN’T AWARE OF IS THE LAR-PAM. IT WAS DESIGNED BY A BSS/LIS MAN NAMED LARRY. HIS WIFE PAM BUILT IT BASED ON HIS DIRECTION.

I TYPE W/1 FINGER & HAVE DOUBLE VISION, SO I, TOO, HAVE ADAPTED. LOL

IN ORDER 2 TYPE:
1. MY KEYBOARD IS “NORMAL”, JUST WIRELESS & SMALLER. MY KEYBOARD IS ON MY LEFT, SIDEWAYS (IT GIVES MY MOUSE MORE ROOM, & IS EASIER 2 SEE, 4 SOME REASON!) (PICTURED)

2. I HAVE A KEYGAURD (PICTURED)–IT HELPS SOOO MUCH! IT’S A NECCESSARY EVIL.

A KEYGAURD IS ESSENTIALLY A PIECE OF PLASTIC SO MY HAND CAN REST WHILE I TYPE & NOT PUSH KEYS. IT HAS HOLES DRILLED FOR THE THE KEYS LIKE THE (LETTERS, NUMBERS, SPACE, SHIFT, ETC.), BUT KEYS I DON’T USE (LIKE F1) STAY COVERED . MAKE SENSE?

SAW IT ON A TALKING MACHINE, & LOVED IT, BUT IT WAS $60. MY HUSBAND IS A WOODWORKER, SO HE SPENT A FEW BUCKS 2 BUY THICK PLASTIC, MARKED WHAT KEYS I WANTED 2 USE, & USED A DRILL PRESS, 2 CUSTOM MAKE 1 FOR MY COMP. IT’S VELCROED ON, SO OTHERS CAN USE MY KEYBOARD W/THE KEYGAURD OFF.

I DO OK W/O IT NOW, BUT I HAVE “WEAK” DAYS, & NIGHTS R HARD, SO I CHOOSE 2 ALWAYS USE IT. ALSO, W/DOUBLE VISION, I HAVE A TENDANCY 2 ACCIDENTALLY PUSH A WRONG KEY. THIS ELIMINATES THAT, BECAUSE ANY KEYS I DON’T WANT 2 PUSH, STAY COVERED W/PLASTIC.

3. DESKS ARE 2 LOW 4 MY CHAIR, SO I HAVE A COMPUTER DESK THAT MY HUSBAND MADE ME. (PICTURED) IT’S BASICALLY LIKE MY WHEELCHAIR TRAY, COVERED WITH A GLUED ON MOUSE PAD, & THINNER (SO IT FITS BETWEEN MY ARMRESTS), & SUSPENDED IN THE AIR…SO I CAN JUST ROLL IN, & PARK…NO WAITING 4 A TRAY 2 BE PUT ON ME!

4. I DROOL, SO I SARAN WRAP MY KEYBOARD.

5. I USE THE ACCESSIBITY OPTION CALLED “STICKY KEYS”—IT BASICALLY HOLDS DOWN SHIFT, CONTROL, OR ALT, WHILE I PUSH ANOTHER KEY OR CLICK MY MOUSE. IT’S A MUST!

6. SINCE I HAVE DOUBLE VISION, I USE A LARGE LCD SCREEN 4 MY MONITER, & PEOPLE ENLARGE THEIR FONT, IF THEY CAN, OR I USE “READ PLEASE”–A FREE PROGRAM INTRODUCED 2 ME BY ANOTHER STROKE SURVIVOR (THE LINK IS ON MY BLOG).

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