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The Left Handers Club

Left Handers ClubIn 1989 a we undertook a major survey of our customers to determine their degree of left-handedness and allow them to put their views and experiences. From the enormous response to this Survey, it became clear that many left-handers wanted a forum to discuss aspects of left-handedness on a continuing basis.

To meet this need, the Left-Handers Club was formed in 1990. The Left-Handers Club aims to keep members in touch with developments, make their views known to manufacturers and others, provide a help and advice line, to promote research into left-handedness and development of new left-handed items.

Since its formation the Club has gone from strength to strength with members all over the world and is highly regarded as the foremost pressure group and advice centre on all aspects of left-handedness. Most notably, campaigns by the Left-Handers Club have been responsible for:

  • The modification of potentially dangerous hand-held power tools by a major manufacturer
  • The introduction of left-handed cheque books by all major banks in the U.K.
  • The production of the only training video for teachers & parents of left-handed children to show the best way to assist them in attaining the vital basic skills of handwriting, cutting etc. without difficulty or discomfort.

On 13th August 1992 the Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. This event is now celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone there were over 20 regional events to mark the day in 2001- including left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where left-handers creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated, whilst right-handers were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment!

These events have contributed more than anything else to the general awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience in everyday life, and have successfully led to improved product design and greater consideration of our needs by the right-handed majority – although there is still a long way to go!!

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43 comments on “Left Handers Club
  1. David says:

    I recently had occasion to use the (free) internet connection in my local (Carphilly Borough Council) library. I was appalled to discover that they had removed the facility for swapping the mouse buttons to allow left-handed use of the mouse.

    It was only when the local Disability CanDo group complained about this that the facility was restored. I remember an elderly primary school teacher trying to get me to use my right hand, but that was 70 years ago and she had come out of retirement because of WW2. To see this today horrified me.

  2. Sparkle says:

    This need an app. An app should be created where we can shop, complain about how everything in stores are made for right handers and other stuff. I think it’ll be a great experience to finally have something dedicated to us specifically.

  3. CLAIRE HASELWOOD says:

    I’m left handed and I was recently helping my 6 year old daughter with her model making homework. I asked her to hold and glue something and she couldn’t do it. It was then I realised that I had given it to her the left handed way. My 12yr old is left handed as well and this was the first time I had to look at things from a right handed viewpoint.

  4. Katherine Palmer says:

    Have been a member for years but have never posted, however I feel I need to ask a question. Has anyone else noticed that first cutlery sets for babies are designed for right handed use? (Or at least designed for ‘right handed’ eating)

    I have just started introducing my 13 month son to the idea of feeding himself, and went out and purchased a knife,fork and spoon set. Once home I looked at the set closey and discovered the knife is designed to be held in the right hand. I have looked at other sets and they are all the same.

    I know that this would not bother most people, or even be noticed, but I feel it is ignorant of the manufacturers to asume all children are right handed. I know children aren’t meant to show a preference until later, but my son does seems to prefer his left hand, and I’m told that as a child it was very obvious from an early stage that I was left handed.

    I wondered if anyone else had noticed these assumptions of handedness in childrens items?

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