If you use a Mac computer and have trouble using the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, the Dvorak layout may be a good option for you. Dvorak layouts put the most frequently used keys right under your fingers, so you can type with less finger movements needed. Continue readingHow to use the Dvorak keyboard layout with OS X
To those who have never been around disabled people, the idea of operating a computer or iPad with your nose may sound silly, but it’s a valid way to access a device and for some people it works better than anything else. Continue readingNo Hands! 3 Users Who Control Computers With Their Nose
Third-party custom keyboards were one of the accessibility enhancements that was most anticipated in iOS 8. Unfortunately the current implementation has significant bugs and built-in limitations that make it less useful than hoped in many cases. Continue readingiOS 8 Keyboards for Accessibility
Keyboard Mastro lets you record a sequence of keystrokes, mouse clicks, and many other actions, and easily play them back at any time.
For users who experience pain, fatigue, or slowness when operating the computer it’s important to learn to be as efficient as possible with what you do. Keyboard Mastro is one way to increase your efficiency so every movement really counts and your energy is preserved. Continue readingHow To Use Keyboard Maestro
If the world included a perfectly accessible gesture/multitouch recognition system, what would that system look like? What accessibility features might it have? Here are fifteen user needs which the developer of a hypothetically perfect system should be aware of … Continue readingWhat Would Accessible Gesture Controls Look Like?
Are you a computer user in this keyboarding age whose arms, wrists, or hands hurt from typing or mousing too much? Even if you don’t have full blown RSI or carpal tunnel, pain after using the computer too much can be disabling. Also, pain that only happens for a little while after you use the computer can be a signal that you may be in store for worse if you don’t change the way you do things. Continue reading8 Ways To Stop Your Arms Hurting
Keyboard shortcuts are a quick way of getting many things done without needing to access the menus or the mouse. If you know to press command-s to save your work, you’ve used a keyboard shortcut. This article includes printable cheat-sheets to help you memorise commonly-used Mac keyboard shortcuts. Continue readingSimple OS X Keyboard Shortcuts To Save You Time
Virtually all computer keyboards in English speaking countries are arranged so that the letter keys, if you read from the top-left, start off with Q W E R T Y. This layout is known by those first six letters – The “QWERTY” (pronounced like “k-were-tee”) layout. Most people aren’t aware of the fact, but there are alternatives to this arrangement of letters and punctuation and the alternatives can be very useful for assistive technology.
This article is about the options available, and about why you might want a different key arrangement to usual. Continue readingAlternative Keyboard Layouts
Clicking your mouse requires a muscle contraction, which creates the internal tension needed to perform just one click. The tension needed in one click is added over time. The more often and longer mouse clicks occur, the more likely it is to develop hand/finger pain.
This 5-second video shows a healthy hand using a mouse and scroll wheel. Although only 5 seconds, it demonstrates that he has raised, scrolled and pressed his index finger many times. The strength needed to press may not be huge, but can cause enormous pain. Continue readingDwellClick: You Point, It Clicks