Desk Job Proves to be Painful for SomeBy Fendler, Dan; AT Messenger , Vol. 14, No. 2, p. 10
Publication Date: Spring 2006
Article focuses on assistive technology for people with repetitive strain disabilities such as carpal tunnel syndrome. A number of keyboard and mouse options are available, as ergonomically designed keyboards and mouses are designed to accommodate the user’s hands, rather than expecting the user’s hands to accommodate the devices. A number of options are available, while the Kinesis Advantage USB Keyboard, which features a contoured shape, is pictured. If using a keyboard causes too much pain, the author recommends Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software. This program can be programmed to understand the user’s voice, which it converts to text on the computer. This training only takes roughly 15 minutes, which recognition rate can be quite high if the pitch of the user’s voice does not fluctuate a great deal.
Assistive Products Discussed: DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING
KINESIS ESSENTIAL CONTOURED KEYBOARD
Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (Web Site: http://www.dati.org )
Link to text: http://www.dati.org/newsletter/issues/2006n2/index.html