Computer Access

Many assistive technology resources suggest putting the student in front of the computer is the first thing to be considered.  Check the distance and heights of the table and place the computer monitor so that the top of the screen is at or just below eye level. Find out if angling a standard keyboard will help them to access the computer. Both Macintosh and Windows operating systems have built in accessibility features so that you can modify the mouse and keyboard features.  You can make adaptations to a standard keyboard and a mouse such as changing the double click speed, actions of the mouse buttons, pointer speed, cursor blink rate, etc. Alternative keyboards and alternative mice including an on-screen keyboard may help individuals to access a computer. High tech options such as voice recognition, a hand-free mouse, and eye-gaze options are also available. The following are some computer access options collected from online resources (e.g. WATI/GPAT).
 •Positioning of student and equipment
–Adjustable table/chair
–Position of keyboard
–Wrist rest/support
 
•Operating System Built in Accessibility Features–StickyKeys
–FilterKeys
–MouseKeys
–Visual Display Options
 
•Standard Keyboard Adaptations–Repeat Rate
–Keyguards
–Labels
–Moisture Guard
–Pointing tools
Alternative Keyboard–ABC
–Dvorak
–Ergonomic
–One Handed
–Wireless
–Miniature/Compact
–Programmable
–OnScreen
•Standard Mouse Adaptations–Customizable Mouse Options
–Button Reassignment
•Mouse Alternatives–Keyboard Shortcuts
–Mouse Keys
–Left Handed/Ergonomic
–Wireless
–One Button
–Touchpad/trackpad
–Trackball
–Joystick
–Touchscreen
–Foot controlled mouse
–Head Controlled mouse
–Dwell Selection
Rate Enhancement–Abbreviation Expansion
–Word Prediction/Completion
–Macros
–Auto Correction
–Eye Gaze
–Morse Code
 
•Switch Access
–Last alternative
–Determine switch site
–Use motivating activityType of Switches
–Mechanical
    •Push
•Light Touch Switch
•Lever
•Motoric-Specific Movement
•Pneumatic
•Dual
•Wireless

–Electrical
   •Proximity
•Fiber Optic
•Infrared
•Sensor
•Wheelchair Integration
 

More detail information go to: Computer Access Free Resource (WATI)

Additional Computer Access Resources

Computer Access Software
http://www.makoa.org/computers.htm#soft

Computer Access (Alternative Keyboards/Mice)
http://www.makoa.org/computers.htm#soft

Computer Access Options
http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/catalogue/computer-access-options

Computer Access Solutions
http://www.abilityhub.com/

Hand-free mouse

HeadMouse extreme
http://www.orin.com/access/headmouse/

SmartNav
http://naturalpoint.com/smartnav/

Eye-gaze/Eye-tracking

Tobii
http://www.tobii.com/en/eye-tracking-research/global/products/

LC Technologies
http://www.eyegaze.com/

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