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    Keyboard for RA Sufferer
    girls_raised_in_the_south posted:
    I'm wanting suggestions on a ergonomic keyboard designed for users with rheumatoid arthritis. I've checked Arthritis Foundation and their Ease-of-Use products. I've checked the national rheumatoid arthritis website. I'm in an acute stage, and I'd appreciate your useful (and speedy) suggestions.
    girls_raised_in_the_south responded:
    Can anyone tell me about the Microsoft Keyboard (that's its name?!) and RA pain? Does the split keyset offer an advantage?
    mike201 responded:
    Interesting question Southern Girl but I come from much further South - Australia! Your best bet is to use software called Dragon Dictate. You can then use your voice and the computer will type. Many newer computers and Apple in particular have a similar feature built in. It takes a while to learn but does work well. I had your problem for about one year but now may hands are much better. For the kitchen you can also buy grip extender tools. These are very useful and I still use them.
    girls_raised_in_the_south replied to mike201's response:
    Bless your "down under" heart, Mike201. I type numerous numbers (pun intended), and I've tried the number pad on the non-dominant side, but my inflammation comes at me from both directions. I'll look into "Puff (the Magic Dragon) Dictates." I appreciate your taking the time to respond.
    guess98224 responded:
    I just bought Dragon word recognition software and a headset on Amazon. Between three trigger fingers and carpal tunnel, it's really painful to type. I have not installed the program yet, and I know voice recognition programs have flaws, but I figured it was either this or taking a break from the keyboard until my flare calms down.
    girls_raised_in_the_south replied to guess98224's response:
    I hope the software works well for you. I'm glad the "dragons" were developed. My MD just wrote a prescription for a Kinesis keyboard with "independent" hands. We'll see.
    scott_crummer responded:
    Hi all. My name is Scott and I'm in the MBA program at Rollins College in Orlando, FL. My marketing research team is conducting a survey about assistive technology products and I was curious if anyone would be interested in taking it. It's a short survey so it shouldn't take any more than 5 minutes.

    The purpose of the survey is to gather data for the makers of orbiTouch. It's an ergonomic keyboard for individuals who have difficulty typing on a traditional keyboard. I promise, no one is trying to sell you anything. We're simply gathering data about how people learn about and purchase technology like this.

    Here is the link:

    Thank you!
    alicejackson responded:
    I hope they are now developing more Ergonomics in tech gears. Hi girls_raised_in_the_south, for the meantime you may want to try taking natural health supplements. I would suggest deer velvet as it aids in joint pain relief.

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