Arnold has no real control over his hands. He is unable to do the
basic things with his hands, like writing, typing etc. Arnold uses what
he calls a "headstick" to do almost everything. He can work
his phone, his entertainment system and most important – his computer,
and he has gotten 2 degrees, many jobs and awards by using his ‘headstick".
A "headstick" is exactly what it sounds like. It is a
stick that Arnold wears on his head.
One day Arnold was asked to attend a workshop, and in the evening
they had some kind of entertainment. One evening they brought in a whole
pile of percussion instruments for everyone. They all said Arnold couldn’t
play one. Big mistake! Never tell Arnold "he can’t do certain
things!" – because he will always do it! He got his "headstick"
and taped a drum merit to the end of his "headstick", and
proceeded to drum all night long!
Everyone was amazed; Arnold had rhythm and taught them that there
are many ways of doing everything. The only trick is figuring out the
way. It turned out to be a great night!
The only downfall with the "headstick", is, that it is
incredibly slow. It is like you typing with one finger. On a good day
Arnold can type 8 words a minute, but his average is 6 words a
minute. Arnold knows that the site is basic, but there is only so
many hours in a day. Arnold is organizing this tour all by using this
Arnold had a choice, he can make a tiny web site that looks modern
with every bell and whistle, but it would have no content due to the
time it would take to build it. Arnold also would need to pay another
grand for the software he would need. So Arnold made a conscious
decision to build a well working site with lots of content, in order
people can see what Arnold sees.
When you get down to the basic, this whole tour is to help as many
people as it can. Arnold’s whole life is dedicated to helping
people, that every handicap can be overcome.
Remember, the web site is only one tiny piece of what has to get
done, in order to make the Anything Is Possible Tour into reality.
If you really think about it, it is amazing what one guy wearing a
stick on his head can do!
Just imagine what
YOU can do!