Severe Physical Difficulties
A properly adjusted computer can change the life of a person with severe physical difficulties. There is no condition so severe that the right technology correctly positioned cannot aid.
The correct keyboard, pointing device or switch can be a great enabler to someone who might have otherwise felt that physical barriers prevented them from having an influence on the outside world.
Once optimum computer access has been determined by an experienced assessor only imagination can limit what comes next.
This is a popular mini-guide to some of the most popular access methods available to Clicker 4. It's a good starting point for someone who is interested in how people with severe physical difficulties might access a computer... [more]
Find out about keyboard access with my list of popular specialist keyboards including the IntelliKeys and the BigKeys. Includes advice on one handed typing and using Windows' accessibility options... [more]
A 'virtual' On-Screen Keyboard can provide the ability to write for people who can't physically access keyboards. On-Screen Keyboards are powerful in their access methods which include by pointing device and switch access... [more]
Find out all about alternative mice, rollerballs, joysticks, headpointers and even eye tracking solutions that are designed to help people who are unable to physically access the mouse... [more]
This article explains how it is possible to access a computer using a standard or adapted keyboard alone... [more]
The switch can provide access to people with very severe physical (or cognitive) difficulties. Switch access isn't as straightforward as plugging in an alternative keyboard or mouse so use these pages as a guide to all things switch-related... [more]
A variety of physical difficulties when accessing computers can be aided by adjusting the Windows display. The most common solution is to make items larger and consequently easier to target with the mouse... [more]
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- Activities for switch users
- Verbal communication
- Further information on headpointer and eye tracking technologies