February 11, 2011


Tonya's auto accident on a rainy day a few years ago changed her life in ways that many of us can't imagine. She was a stay-at-home mom and wife at the time of the accident. Now Tonya's children, ages 10 and 13, live with their father in a town a couple of hours away and Tonya lives with her mother. Tonya wants to be able to communicate with her children via Facebook and email so that she can be more involved in their day-to-day lives in between visits. Both children are computer literate and have Internet access -- of course!

Tonya was accessing a computer using a pencil attached to her hand splint.  This presented a number of problems. The process is slow and fatiguing for her, plus the repetitive hand movement as she reaches across a standard keyboard causes her to lean to the side and she can't reposition herself. She also struggles to avoid hitting two keys at once.

Barret and Jerry from InvoTek made Tonya a keyguard for a mini-keyboard. The keyguard prevents Tonya from accidentally striking two adjacent keys at the same time. To position the keyboard at the optimal angle, we purchased and modified a book-stand.

Message from Tonya: I would love to say a huge thanks to all of you for all you have done. Had Tom not called and asked me to take part in the program, I wouldn't have a computer today. I really didn't know what I was missing.

Thanks to everyone who supported Tonya and made her Be Extraordinary™ goal a reality.