[Athen] one handed keyboarding

Norwich, Lorraine S lnorwich at bu.edu
Wed Feb 17 08:21:42 PST 2010


Lily Walters brought out a CD that you can get on Amazon One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manuals and Resources on CD: Type Fast with One Hand.
I would also use a smaller keyboard if they are not using a laptop, that does not have the number pad on the right. I used some tactile devices that also helped with the training of one handed typing to help with the learning curve.
Lorraine S. Norwich, BSME, MSIS
Assistant Director of Disability Services
Boston University
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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Robert Beach
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:58 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] one handed keyboarding

Hi all,

It seems like I posted this question a couple of weeks ago, but I can't find any copy of it in my sent items, nor have I received any answers. So, here goes, possibly again.

I have a student who needs to type one handed. Word prediction software won't work as he is going to be taking a keyboarding class which records every keystroke for points.

I remember several years ago there was a program that would allow a person to type on a standard keyboard using either the left or right hand. To get the keys typically pressed by the opposite hand, you simply held down the spacebar while typing the matching key. For example, if you are typing left-handed and need the letter j, you would hold down the spacebar and press f.

I cannot seem to find the software now. However, I have found a keyboard (a very pricy keyboard) that does the same thing. I would prefer the software approach as the student will be more likely to afford that at home. The keyboard is over $500. If I remember correctly, the software was less than $100 back then.

Does anybody have any idea where I can find this software? If not, does anybody have another suggestion?


Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913-288-7671
Fax: 913-288-7678
E-Mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

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