As some of you may know, I’m writing a novel that is currently 130 pages long and going. I couldn’t have written this much independently without word prediction. I am using WordQ, a software that speeds up my writing process a ton.
WordQ is a word prediction software I had tried when I was in later elementary school. Then I stopped using it because my old Windows computer was glitchy and would freeze up whenever I was using that older version of WordQ. So, for many years, I didn’t have any word prediction software. I would either type a letter at a time with my middle right finger or hope that whoever was helping me understood my voice well enough so that they could type what I was saying to speed up the process. Either way, it was a long, frustrating process. Really Long Beyond Words Frustrating.
Three years ago, when I presented at Closing the Gap, I met Fraser Shein, the president of Quillsoft, maker of WordQ. My dad and I talked to him about some of the problems I had when I first tried WordQ and Fraser set me up with an updated version to try out. This time it worked great for me!
I start typing a word and a separate popup screen shows me 5 numbered choices so that all I need to do is type the corresponding number. I usually can type most words in just a couple key strokes. Huge time saver for me! HUGE!
I use WordQ for typing anything – emails, blogposts, social media, and most importantly typing my book. It is simply brilliant! If you’re looking for word prediction software, I strongly recommend that you try it out. Check out this video of me using WordQ as I prepared for Charting the C’s presentations last spring.
By the way, you don’t need to have a disability to use WordQ. My dad is just a bad typist, and it helps speed up his typing, too! Good tech can be used by anybody, whether you have a disability or not! To learn more about WordQ, please check out the WordQ website.
Below is a screenshot of how words show up in the word selection pane.
This will probably be my last political post until next year. Or not.
In last Tuesday’s blogpost, I said I was going to vote for Minnesota Democrats Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan, Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar, Betty McCollum, and Ami Wazlawik. But, I want to be clear that I am not voting for Democrats because I favor a political party over another. I am voting for Democrats because they tend to support issues that matter to me. They support protecting Medicaid, disability rights, and healthcare.
So, here’s your job. Find out where your polling place is, research who is running for office, get out and VOTE. In Minnesota, you can use the Polling Place Finder to find out where to vote. For other states, check out Rock the Vote to find your voter information.
Our votes matter!
Here are some more posts about the issues that matter to me:
Why it matters
Vote! My letter to the editor
Ready to convene
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
On the Issue of Disability Rights: Healthcare
Had a great question about how I charge my DBS stimulator last week and why I watch movies while I’m charging. So, my dad, mom, and I made a video.
Here’s the thing, it’s tricky to get the charger lined up and staying in one place next to the stimulator that’s implanted in my chest. I always have a chest strap to help me sit up in my chair and we use that in addition to the harness straps on the DBS charger to help hold it in the right place. Then, the trick, is that I, the one with uncontrolled movement, have to try to sit kind of still so that the charger stays on top of the stimulator. The only way we’ve found that works for me is to be watching a movie or tv show. My body is usually a little calmer when I’m watching something. Usually, I need to charge a 2-4 hours every week or two, depending on how well the battery charges.
This is the big week – GO VOTE!
Justin (& Mom)
p.s. Want to learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and why I have it?
Faith in the Midst of Bewilderment
Frequently Asked and Unasked Questions
YouTube video of me 5 months after my DBS surgery