Before You Consider Adaptive Technology – Options for One Hand Typing and KeyboardingBy Walters, Lilly; AT Journal, Vol. 38
Publication Date: December 2001
Article recommends techniques for one-handed typing using four different types of assistive technology: (1) one hand QWERTY, (2) adaptive devices, (3) alternative keyboard layouts, and (4) voice activation software. QWERTY is the term used for the standard keyboard. The one hand QWERTY technique requires that the user cover the FGHJ keys in the center of the keyboard. The thumb is used to operate the space bar. Many devices and alternative keyboards for people with the use of only one hand can be used to enter data into a computer. Some examples listed are the Half QWERTY Keyboard, the BAT, and the Maltron. Many computer users who use only one hand require alternatives to QWERTY to ease the strain on their hands. The Dvorak is listed as an example, as it is faster and easier on the hands than a standard QWERTY keyboard. Using voice activation software allows the user to speak into a microphone while the software transcribes the user’s words from the verbal dictation.
Assistive Products Discussed: HALF-QWERTY ONE-HANDED AND TWO-HANDED KEYBOARD
MALTRON SINGLE LEFT AND RIGHT HANDED KEYBOARD
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