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Assistive technology (AT) is out there to open the door to your freedom through computer access and ergonomics. There is no reason to have limitations and hinder education or employment. Computer access often requires special hardware, software, and/or other AT devices to help with routine computer tasks such as typing or using a mouse along with being ergonomic and allowing the person to be as comfortable as possible. Many people with disabilities face a variety of challenges in terms of providing computer input, interpreting output and reading documentation.
|Individuals with Computer Access and Ergonomic Needs & Possible Recommendations|
Case Study Forms – SETT Framework
Individual with Fine Motor Issues Needing to Access Technology
Possible Recommendations: A low tech solution could be typing and printing work off. The Neo 2 is a word processor that would benefit someone that could type easier than writing.
If that option does not work a high tech solution such as Dragon Naturally Speaking could be helpful. This will allow you to speak into the microphone and types what you say and work could be completed. of communication.
Individual with Multiple Sclerosis Needs Computer Access
Possible Recommendations: A low-tech solution to try would be an adapted mouse and keyboard that is ergonomically designed. This could provide comfort to the hands and have less fatigue. There are a variety of options to be trialed.
An ergonomic chair and the use of a VARIDESK could allow them mobility and movement to help with stiffness.
Toddler with Fine Motor Issues Needing to Learn Cause and Effect
Possible Recommendations: A low-tech solution would be to start out with a Switch Interface Pro and a laptop. Five ports allow you to plug in multiple switches and provide the flexibility of emulating everything from a single-click to a return. This will allow teaching cause & effect & improve hand/eye coordination for child with low-tone and cognitive disabilities easier. It does not require any special software to use the product. Kids will quickly learn how to interact with a computer. Then as the toddler gets older they will be able to run a PowerPoint presentation, play and pause a music player, and turn pages in an eBook.
ABLE Tech loans devices at no cost for up to six weeks.
The following resources are from the OK Funding for AT Manual and specifically give guidance on providing assistive technology for ergonomics and computer access AT for individuals with disabilities in Oklahoma.