2. Media News
We are often asked to contribute help and advice to the media on the topic of left-handedness, and this month LHC Club Organiser Lauren Milsom was interviewed by The Guardian, a leading UK National Newspaper, advising on the best equipment for a six year old left-hander for school.
Visit an online version of the report here
The interviewing journalist, Anbnalisa Barbieri was particularly impressed with our online videos for teaching writing and using scissors, and even mentioned them in the article. She writes "An excellent website for left-handers whatever their age, is www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk which is full of practical advice and videos (you must have a look at the writing one)."
If you have not yet viewed our videos on writing and cutting and you have children, please do so, and let us know what you think.
Watch the left handed writing video here
Watch the left handed scissors and cutting video here
Lauren also had a visit from a film crew yesterday, working on an interesting one-off programme for The Discovery Channel viewing left-handedness from a different angle. The programme has taken one strongly right-handed volunteer, a lady named Sue, and has asked her to spend one month doing all her everyday tasks left-handed. They want to see how difficult she finds it to use her "weaker" hand for tasks, and also to see if it is possible to train yourself to use the other hand for tasks, to the same level of expertise or ability as with your natural hand.
Having agreed to try and use her left hand for everything, the producers faced the conundrum of whether to make Sue continue using standard right handed equipment or whether to provide her with left-handed versions of everyday items, so that she has a truly equal experience.
This posed an interesting dilemma, which will be addressed in the programme. Should the experiment include the extra hurdles which we lefties automatically have to overcome in order to make our daily tasks efficient in a right-handed world, or should she have a somewhat easier path by using properly designed left-handed items? The conclusion seems to be that they would take a selection of items and let Sue try them out, using whichever ones felt easier to use as she struggled with her new-found left-handedness.
The presenter and TV Crew duly arrived at our offices and warehouse yesterday and gleefully explored our shelves of left-handed goodies for items to make Sue's task easier. We will keep you posted on the production, "What would happen if...." which is due to be aired in January 2008, when you will be able to see how well Sue fared in her task, and hopefully get an on-screen tour of our warehouse with Lauren!