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New Standard Keyboard - 21 June 2006
New Standard Keyboard offers 53-key USB Keyboards, with an Alpha-Numeric layout alternative to the standard QWERTY keyboards.

They offer 2 keyboards, one with silver casing and black keys with white letters, model # NSK535S, and the original which features a "rainbow" of key colors corresponding to their functions, model NSK535R. Both models have full keyboard functionality without the traditional 104-key QWERTY design by placing only 53 keys within easy reach of home position. This design is meant as an alternative for media PCs, assistive technology users, inexperienced typists, and data entry operators.
The keys are in alphabetical order to make it much easier to learn to use. Function keys and numbers are integrated into the keyboard.

The New Standard Keyboard measures 12.5-inches wide by 5 inches deep by 1-inch thick, which is smaller than the standard 18 inch wide 104 key keyboard. It works with any Windows PC with a USB port.

For more information, go to:
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Axistive Assistive Technology News Portal - 18 June 2006

I have been a bit lackadaisical in not mentioning this web site before, but I have made several references to articles on Axistive before. This portal posts news on assistive technology devices in the categories of vision, hearing, mobility, learning, and communications. Over the past few months, I have come to appreciate this site, and I have actually added it to my links bar for my web browser at work. While there are a lot of press release type articles, there are also some good articles describing different types of assistive technology, such as on screen keyboards and switch scanning.
For more information, visit the website at

New Standard Keyboard with color coded keys
The Original New Standard Keyboard with only 53 keys