508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act requires that Federal agencies'
electronic and information technology be accessible to
people with disabilities.
Comparable access for one-handed
and two-handed typists
The Matias 508 Keyboard is
a standard desktop keyboard that has been enhanced to allow both
one-handed and two-handed touch-typing.
Ideal for one-handedness, Hemiplegia,
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and other hand-related injuries, Matias'
innovative one-handed typing technology provides one-handed typists
access comparable to two-handed typists, without
by §1194.26 (a) (2), §1194.1,
and §1194.2 (b).
It offers greater accessibility
for disabled users, as well as productivity gains for other office
workers. The added convenience of typing with one hand is ideal
when using a mouse or a telephone with the other hand.
508 Keyboard is specifically designed to satisfy all compliance
requirements for keyboards, under Section
508. A Voluntary Product Accessibility
Statement is available
speed, Comparable skills
typing speeds in the 30 to 60 words-per-minute range are easily
achievable using the Matias 508 Keyboard. This range is
comparable to the performance of most two-handed typists, and more
than sufficient for typical clerical tasks.
The Matias 508 Keyboard allows the same
touch-typing skills used for two-handed typing to be used for typing
How does it work?
one-handed typing technique used in the Matias 508 Keyboard is
very similar to the standard two-handed touch-typing technique.
You place your hand where it would normally
be if you were touch-typing - that takes care of that half of the
To type the letters of the other half, you hold down the space bar with your
thumb and do the same finger movement that you would normally do with the other
hand. It's that easy.
Tapping the space bar still types a space.
MATIAS 508 KEYBOARD LAYOUT
The relative finger movements used for one-handed
typing are the same as those used for two-handed typing. So, if
you're already a touch-typist, you already know them. You should
be typing one-handed in a matter of minutes.
Use either hand - or both hands
Matias 508 keyboard allows one-handed typing using either
hand, left or right, or both hands, just like a standard keyboard.
The one-handed typing capability can also be
switched on or off by the user, as desired, using the "matias" key.
The industry standard
Matias has proudly served the needs of the
disability community for over 10 years. Its technology is
the de facto standard for one-handed typing in the industry.
is equally dedicated
to satisfying the needs of government, and is excited to offer
its technology to the broader government
audience at much lower prices.