A Review of the Accessibility Options for Computer and Mobile Devices for Those with Limited Mobility




Not long ago, very few computer access options existed. For example, a person with quadriplegia may have used a mouth stick to press individual keys on a keyboard for typing. And/or they may have utilized a software program called Dragon Naturally Speaking to perform speech to text. Fortunately, we now have several choices that can be operated by different parts of the body. Today a person may use their mouth, not for speech to text, but instead to control a sip and puff mouse with an on-screen-keyboard and predictive text. What works for one individual with similar deficits does not mean it’s the right choice for another. Although access can still be challenging, it now easier for a person to find the technology that best fits their needs. That said, no assistive technology is considered a one-size-fits-all. Therefore it’s crucial the assistive technology specialist selects appropriate choices based on abilities, but at the same time allows the person to choose one based on their preference.


Matthew White

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to identify two alternative access methods for touchscreens that don’t require the use of hands.

Participants will be able to identify two alternative keyboards used for people with limited mobility.

Participants will be able to identify two adaptive mice that can be used by people with limited mobility


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Upon completion of the two forms and passing the quiz, a CEU certificate will be sent

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