The J-Key to success for people with special needs.

$1,460 of $3,000 goal
Given by 23 generous donors in around 9 months

Help fund a new mouse & keyboard called the J-Key, for people with special needs


The J-Key is a communication device which replaces a standard mouse-&-keyboard with a Joystick. The device was developed by Mike Watling to enable children with severe disabilities, access to the world of computers and is currently being field-tested at Central Auckland Specialist School (CASS).

To further test the J-Key concept, Mike's wish is to build 12 J-Key units for students who will benefit from them and test the students over a period of 12 months. The 12 units would be available at the beginning of the 2021 school term and the information gathered during the year will be used to determine any future productions.

The material cost for 1 J-Key unit is approximately $150 nz so $1800 for 12. If extra is raised, it will be put towards the purchase of equipment for the next level in the project.

Labour costs are volunteered and free.

12 J-Key cases have already been made thanks to NOEL at BLACK SAND FURNITURE who donated the wood, the use of his workshop and the building of the cases. A massive thanks to Noel. Please check out his shop on Instagram blacksandnz.

The overlays for the keyboards and indication pods have been designed by Dawn Lodge-Osbourn - DawnDesignLtd and are ready for production when funds are available by Westprint.

Christine Watling's involvement (page creator)

I am Micheals daughter

Use of funds

The construction of 12 J-Key units and if extra money is raised, it will go towards the ongoing development of the J-Key

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Latest update

Trialing of J-Keys has begun  15 April 2021

The trialing of the J-Key units has begun.

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Latest donations

Silvia on 14 Jul 2021
Chris on 26 Mar 2021
Micheal Watling

Thank you, your donation is much appreciated

Micheal Watling
Karen on 26 Mar 2021
Micheal Watling

Thank you, my apologies for the slow reply

Micheal Watling
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Julia on 19 Jan 2021
A great idea Mike that will benefit so many people. Thanks for the generous use of your time & talent in sharing this with others.
Micheal Watling

Sorry I took so long to reply, but thank you for your donation it is much appreciated.

Micheal Watling

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This campaign started on 27 Oct 2020 and ended on 15 Jul 2021.