Since starting our typewriter repair business several years ago, I've been intrigued by the how people use typewriters today. Of course, many are used in traditional ways - creative writing of all sorts, letter writing, and even some are still used in the business world. The one use for typewriters that surprised me was how they are being used by people who face physical challenges. I've mentioned before how we've had several customers contact us looking for a manual typewriter to use because they are suffering from tremors and cannot use a computer or cannot write legibly.
I've been wondering how typewriters could be used by others who may face some sort of physical disability. Could a typewriter help someone write better, communicate better? Could they be used as a creative outlet - Paul Smith seemed to think so.
I really believe typewriters matter and they matter because people matter. And if a typewriter can help a person engage the world more fully than that is pretty exciting to me. I want to be a part of that. If you know of anyone who is using a typewriter in some of the way discussed above, please let me know. I'd love to hear about it.