Lots of people wonder how I use my computer so quickly. They see my hands that don’t exactly work (I am a quadriplegic after all) and wonder how I can get so much accomplished/respond to emails so quickly/write these blog posts with just a little plastic stick in my hand. The simple answer, I hardly use that plastic stick at all. Instead, I speak to my computer, and that combined with a few sporadic pecks with the pointer in my left hand, and some smart use of the trackball in my right hand allows me to keep right up with all you 10 fingered users.
How about a few pictures of my setup and then I’ll give you a better idea how I do it.
Looks pretty normal, eh… Nothing more than a couple of 24” Dell Ultrasharp monitors, multimedia keyboard, Kensington Expert trackball, and Buddy Gooseneck microphone.
And that is it, all I need for adaptive equipment to use the computer incredibly well, to the tune of being able to talk… I mean type… over 80 words per minute with almost absolute accuracy, navigate webpages, write HTML/PHP/Java/etc., play video games, and do pretty much anything else I’d like with the computer.