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Tools, Devices, and Technologies for Greater Mobility


Physical disability can limit us in the hobbies we love doing and the work we need to complete, but as time passes more and more assistive technologies are being designed and put into the marketplace. ruralblog_2311

Nowadays, most of us need to access a computer; but for the population with a disability that affects mobility, eyesight, or hand movement, completing even the simplest tasks can be an uphill struggle.

Below are four assistive technologies that through their design can simplify tasks.

Mouth Stick

Just as the name suggests, this device takes the form of a stick being placed in the user’s mouth. A simple and cost effective tool, the mouth stick has proved particularly popular in assisting people without the use of their hands, helping them to control input.

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Oversized Trackball Mouse

Not exactly a technology but the trackball mouse, which has the rollerball on top of the mouse rather than underneath, is often easier for a person with a motor disability to operate than a standard mouse. With this mouse, you move the rollerball as opposed to the whole mouse, and can be used in conjunction with other devices, such as the mouth stick.

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Adaptive Keyboard

Numerous specialised keyboards for people with mobility impairments are on the marketplace. Examples include keyboards with raised areas between keys so the user can slide their finger to the next key, and there are keyboards that come with word-completion technology, meaning fewer keystrokes have to be made.

[img src: AbleNet]

Eye Tracking

These devices offer an effective alternative for computer users with limited or no control with hand movements. Eye movement is followed by the device and the user can navigate through the web using only their eyes. Software then allows the person to type.

[img src: Interactive Minds


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