[Athen] one handed keyboarding

Shawn Foster fosters at sou.edu
Wed Feb 17 08:56:05 PST 2010

There's free keyboard layout functions from Microsoft at
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/altkeyboard.aspx, (
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/altkeyboard.aspx, ) including
those for either left or right hand.

Would that work?

Shawn Foster
Assistive Technology Specialist
Southern Oregon University
email: fosters at sou.edu
phone: (541)552-6213
blog: http://atatsou.blogspot.com

>>> On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 7:58 AM, in message

<DF4DB7B08672054297817DC8A554F2EA0583662591 at orion.EMPLOYEES.KCKCC.LOCAL>,
Robert Beach <rbeach at KCKCC.EDU> wrote:

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

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


Phone: 913-288-7671

Fax: 913-288-7678

E-Mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

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