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Paul Natsch
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Hi I'm Paul

Hello, my name is Paul Natsch. I'm a 43-year-old C4-C5 quadriplegic currently residing in Tampa Florida. I sustained my injury during my sophomore year of high school in a high school football game way back in 1985. I've used Assistiveware's excellent on-screen keyboard KeyStrokes since I believe its inception. I've also known David (Niemeijer) about as long as that.

I've used Macs since 1986 (currently a 27" 2009 iMac) and in the last few years I also find myself using both an iPad (3rd Generation) and iPhone (4S). To use all these devices I take advantage of a number of excellent tools, KeyStrokes among them. I use a head-operated mouse called the Headmaster Plus. These have actually been out of production for a good long while now but I've been using spare parts to keep it working because it works so well for me. I also make good use of Nuance's Dragon Dictate for the Mac. I also sometimes even use an iPhone app called "HippoRemote" as sort of an adaptive switch for my Mac for right-clicking and other things that might otherwise be difficult for me. I even have standard mouth sticks as sort of a last resort when needed. For the iPhone and iPad I use styluses that I've adapted to my needs. I've taken a Pogo Stylus and cut it down to a size that fits perfectly on my right hand splint and attached it to that splint, making sure the top end of the stylus is barely touching my skin. With my iPhone mounted on my right arm rest I use the stylus to easily operate the iPhone anytime I'm sitting in my wheelchair. I also, of course, take great advantage of Siri and the Google search app using my voice. I mostly use my iPad when laying in bed by using a homemade mouthstick stylus fashioned from a standard mouth stick, copper wiring, and kitchen sponge (for conductivity). I also recently got a Nest Thermostat which is a smart thermostat with numerous capabilities, chief among them apps for both the iPhone and iPad that allow me to control it from those devices giving me another small measure of independence. As you can probably tell I'm sort of a gadget geek!

I've done a little bit of everything since college. Among the things I've done is work as a writer and reviewer for websites such as Inside Mac Games, ATMac, and more recently Assistiveware's own Assistive Gaming. I've also had the good fortune to be given the opportunity to do presentations for the good people at Origin (makers of the Head Mouse Extreme) at ATIA in Orlando and CVI/Medical at St. Pete college in front of about 100 vocational rehabilitation specialists and rehab nurses about educating people about advanced power wheelchairs and how much in the long run they can be cost-efficient and help to prevent serious health issues in people for years to come.

I'm always looking for new opportunities and new connections so if I can be of any help to anybody please let me know. I love the design of this new forum!

Paul

Kati Lea
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Hi Paul! Forum needs

Hi Paul! Forum needs smileys!! :0)

Laura Sussely-Pope
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Hi Paul, it certainly sounds

Hi Paul, it certainly sounds like you have done a bit of everything! Smiley request duly noted! :-)

Barrie Ellis
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Hi Paul,

Hi Paul,

I've been a long-time admirer of the work you did at Assisitive Gaming and was sorry to see it end. Good to see it's preserved to some extent at the Way Back Machine. Wondering if you might be able to drop me a message off-list to help me with a little research I'm doing into switch gaming. Would be really appreciated.

Very best wishes,

Barrie

David - AssistiveWare
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Barrie,

Barrie,

The site is not further updated, but the full site is still available here http://assistivegaming.com

david.

Barrie Ellis
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Thanks David. Was wondering

Thanks David. Was wondering about some of the earliest switch games on Apple platforms (I know people used the Apple II with a range of interface devices such as the Express 2 set-ups and Adaptive Firmware Card)... and if you or anyone else know much of this. Anything anecdotal or better would be great. Also wondering what were the best experiences any switch users had on Mac/any key moments in time.... Maybe I've missed the boat a bit there, but if anyone can help I'd appreciate it.

Barrie

David - AssistiveWare
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To be honest Barrie, I would

To be honest Barrie, I would not know. You may want to contact Richard Wanderman (see http://www.richardsnotes.org) he might know or know some people who might know.

Gina Geary
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hi Paul, if you are still

hi Paul, if you are still using this forum I would really appreciate some pointers for using Dragon! I am finding it a nightmare compared to the Windows version! For instance, why does it keep sticking letters after the cursor?! :-) I know, patience is a virtue…!

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