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Ten-year old Jennifer Rossman of New York has found the Remote Commander and Shortcutter programs to be very valuable as a replacement for the keyboard and mouse. Jennifer has a form of Muscular Dystrophy known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II.

Drew Rossman Jennifer's father, Drew Rossman set up a web page to help explain how to use these programs. See his letter below.

There is a nice article about this use of the Pebbles software in the February, 2001 issue of Quest magazine from the Muscular Dystrophy Association - USA :

Jennie Borodko Stack, "Palm Pilot Connects Girl with Classroom," QUEST, Volume 8, Number 1, February 2001

Also mentioned in the Pittsburgh area MDA newsletter:

"Using Palm Pilots to Help Control Computers," MDA Messenger, (serving Southwestern and Midwestern PA), Winter, 2001, p. 7

Also mentioned in articles at:

Letter From Drew Rossman

Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 09:22:24 -0500
From: "Drew Rossman" <drossman@stny.rr.com>

I am the father of a handicapped child. She has a form of Muscular Dystrophy know as "Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II." I would, first, like to let you know how valuable a tool the remote commander has been to her. The range of motion she possesses is limited and we have found this Palm application to be of the greatest assistance.

Secondly, I would like with your permission to possibly expand the use of this software, to what I am sure is a group of folks out there, who unknown to them, an alternative to expensive assistive devices is available. I would like to via the Muscular Dystrophy Association, possibly let others know that they to can partake of this, what I view as, an extremely important tool to those less fortunate.

Have a Great Day!
Drew Rossman
(see more about their use of RemoteCommander)


A new assistive text entry method for handheld devices designed to provide high accuracy and stability of motion for people with motor impairments. It is also more accurate than Graffiti for people without motor impairments.

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Remote Commander

A word prediction version of this software is available for download.

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