John Williams' Column: Using Assistive Technology Products to Combat Carpal Tunnel SyndromeBy Williams, John M.; National Organization on Disability E-Newsletter,
Publication Date: June 23, 2006
Article focuses on assistive technology applications that can allow for easier computer access for people with carpal tunnel syndrome. The author uses the orbiTouch keyless ergonomic keyboard, which types letters and numbers when the user slides two domes into one of eight positions. The orbiTouch also features an integrated mouse, so moving the domes translates to full mouse and keyboard capabilities. The author also uses Onscreen Keyboard as found in Microsoft’s accessibility features. This program displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen, which allows people with mobility disabilities to type data via pointing device or joystick. The On-Screen Keyboard features clicking, scanning, and hovering modes, the latter of which is used for selecting text and clicking hyperlinks. The author contends that both of these applications greatly help to alleviate the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Assistive Products Discussed: ORBITOUCH KEYLESS KEYBOARD
Published by: National Organization on Disability (Website:http://www.nod.org)
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