International Left-Handers Day

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A left hand

My grandfather was born left-handed, but in those days, left-handedness was considered abnormal and unacceptable; teachers whacked him on the knuckles with a ruler whenever he tried to write with his left hand, and he soon taught himself the unnatural skill of using his right. We live in more enlightened times now, but as the spouse of a left-handed person, I still hear all the time about his the world is right-hand-biased—notably in the positions of controls on cameras, cars, musical instruments, and other machines, to say nothing of scissors and other tools that work that “wrong” way. Today we call our awareness to this imbalance and remember that one’s dominant hand should not be a detriment to accessibility.

Image credit: By Biswarup Ganguly [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

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