If your Acer Aspire is close to the model that I have, and if you don't yet know it, you can remove the keyboard without disassembling the whole computer.
You just pry off the strip of plastic between the keyboard and the display to get at the one or two screws that hold the keyboard in.
If the keyboard is truly trashed, and if the machine won't boot without it, you might try removing it and washing it thoroughly and letting it dry and trying again.
Then, if it still doesn't work, pry off the key caps and disable or remove the switches. I don't remember what type of switch is in that machine. On some, the electrical bar that makes contact will come off with the key cap.
The electronics won't know that they are missing since they are have normally open contacts and the BIOS will see the interface chip on the board and allow the machine to boot.
If it then works, you can just glue the key caps back in place so that it won't look too odd. Personally, I would glue them back in random positions just because I am like that.
I am tempted to just send you the keyboard out of mine that has a bad motherboard but, I know that as soon as I did, I would find a trashed machine with the right motherboard that I have been looking for in the thrift shops for the last year.