ERIC Number: ED181305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Typewriter Modifications for Persons Who Are High-Level Quadriplegics.
O'Reagan, James R.; And Others
Standard, common electric typewriters are not completely suited to the needs of a high-level quadriplegic typing with a mouthstick. Experiences show that for complete control of a typewriter a mouthstick user needs the combined features of one-button correction, electric forward and reverse indexing, and easy character viewing. To modify a self-correcting typewriter for the electric indexing, the Rehabilitation Engineering Department of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center used an electric solenoid connected to the platen and controlled by an electric switch on the typewriter face. The redesign proved effective and inexpensive to implement. Elevating the rear of the typewriter and angling the face of it toward the viewer in the wheelchair remedied the problem of seeing the characters. The Center's engineering department worked with a local distributor of the Royal 5000C self-correcting electric typewriter to produce a feasible design incorporating these features. A typewriter for a quadriplegic individual who types with a mouthstick is now commercially available at a cost approximately $200 more than the standard model. (Some photos and drawings of modifications are included.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, Richmond.
Note: Paper presented at the Interagency Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Engineering (2nd, Atlanta, GA, August 28, 1979).