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Your Home Office

Have a routine. Get up and get dressed as if you were going out to work. Set work hours and keep to a schedule.

Create a work area where you can keep files, books, and other items you need when you work. Surround yourself with pictures, keepsakes, plants, music, and other pleasant things.

Use small Lazy Susans on the desktop for pens, paper clips, tape rolls, staplers, and so forth.

Computer offer several adaptive programs and devices to make using the computer possible for people with limited physical or sensory abilities including (1) different types of keyboard configurations that allow you to type if you have a limited range of motion, (2) screen  enlarges that enhance the picture from your computer monitor if your vision is limited, (3) screen reading software that reads whatever text is displayed on the screen, (4) word prediction software that helps you conserve energy by filling in a choice of commonly used words or phrases once you have typed in the fist few letters of word, (5) features like "Sticky Keys" on Microsoft Windows 95, (6) voice-activated programs such as Dragon Naturally Speaking and others.

Use a phone device that allows the receiver to rest on the should and frees your hands during extended conversations. Use big button telephone with large buttons and raised or enlarged numbers and letters. Look for telephones with volume control in the receiver. Some telephones have "back-talk" devices that repeat the digits aloud after each key-press. You might find a cordless telephone with a speakerphone, speed dialing, and intercom capabilities particularly helpful. Try using a speakerphone or preprogramming your telephone to eliminate the need to dial frequently used numbers.

Use a photo cube to keep the most frequently used telephone numbers handy. Jot down the numbers and slide them into the cube between the sponge and outside of the cube. The cube is easy to locate and the plastic keeps the numbers clean.

Keep a magnifying glass near the telephone book.

To write better, use a pencil grip. Also push a pen or pencil through a practice golf ball to create a large grasping surface. Buy pens with a diameter of 1 1/2 inches they are easy to grasp and use.