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Communication: Use of computer

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Adapted mouseAdapted mouse
Simple modifications enable a person with impaired hand function to use a mouse with trackball
Helena controls the mouseAdapted mouse
Trackball mouse controlled with mouth and lips – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
User controls iPad with his mouthAdapted stick for iPhone and iPad
Customized touch pen makes it possible to control iPhone and iPad with the mouth
Echo dot. Picture from www.amazon.comAmazon Echo Dot
A voice controlled device used as an environmental control, to play music, to surf on the internet, and more
User with bed tray in armchairBed tray used as computer desk
Simple stylish bed tray that facilitates using a laptop while sitting in bed or in an armchair
Joystick mounted on camera tripodCamera tripod as joystick holder for controlling computer
Camera tripod works well as a joystick holder for persons who control the joystick with their chin
Click button attached to edge of table in front of keyboardClick button for computer
External click button makes it easier for people with severe disabilities to operate a computer
Computer on laptop supportCombined laptop support/manuscript holder
Combined laptop support and manuscript holder provides ergonomic working position - suitable for persons with tetraplegia
Computer deskComputer desk
An adjustable height computer desk is suitable for wheelchair users
Computer workstation picture 1Computer workstation
Ergonomic computer workstation – suitable for persons with tetraplegia
Computer workstation with trackball mouse on holder attached to the tableComputer workstation
Individually adapted computer workstation – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
User sits at workstationComputer workstation at home with MouseTrapper
MouseTrapper facilitates computer work – suitable for persons who have or are at risk of having shoulder problems
User types on her computer at workComputer workstation at work
Ergonomic computer workstation - suitable for a person with a high spinal cord injury
Scanning keyboard next to the computer screenControl of computer with external keyboard
Scanning keyboard and head mouse – a method for persons who do not have hand/arm function to control the computer
User in front of computerControl of computer without arm/hand function
Custom modifications make it possible for persons without function in their arms and hands to play computer games
User wearing headsetControlling computer with head mouse
Suspending a headset from the ceiling makes it easier for a person with impaired hand function to put it on
Computer with on-screen keyboard and keyboard control switch on Kalix braceControlling the computer with head mouse and external mouse click
Computer assistive device for people with impaired hand function who type with a head mouse and manage the mouse contact with an external control switch
User with reflector on nose and headset for sip/puff control in front of computerControlling the computer with WiVIK and head mouse
Using WiVIK and a head mouse a person without arm and hand function can type on the computer
Clothespin with reflector on the user's eyeglassesCustom modification to control computer with head mouse
The reflector that controls the head mouse is glued to a small clothes pin
User with iPad mounted on wheelchairCustom-designed iPad holder
Practical iPad holder mounted on the wheelchair
User types on keyboard using finger sleeveCustom-made finger sleeves
Writing sleeves facilitate computer use for people with reduced finger function and spasticity
User presses Ctrl and Alt with the deviceData tools that enable more keystrokes
- assistive device for people with impaired hand function
User with Stylus CosmonautEasy-grip stylus pointer for mobile phone and iPad
Easy-grip stylus with rubberized outer layer
User with 2 sip/puff controls on headsetExtra sip/puff control for computer
Double sip/puff controls help a person without arm or hand function to play computer games
User with forearms on forearm supportForearm support
Forearm support to keep balance when typing on computer - suitable for persons who have tetraplegia
Headset from behindHeadset for sip/puff controls
Headset for sip/puff controls to control computer that works well
User writes with a mouth stick and iPadiPad
Handheld computer with touchscreen – easy to use for people with disabilities
iPad in floor standiPad stand
- facilitates using an iPad – suitable for people with impaired hand/arm function-
JoyboxJoybox to control computer
Joybox is a keyboard input device suitable for persons without arm or hand function who want to play computer games
User controls joystick with chinJoystick to control computer
Custom-designed joystick to control computer games with chin
Microphone on camera tripodMicrophone to control computer
The microphone is an alternative method for controlling a computer for persons who do not have arm or hand function to play computer games
Mini keyboardMini keyboard
The user switched to a smaller keyboard and had less elbow pain.
User types on mini keyboardMini keyboard
Small keyboard - suitable for persons with limited reach
Modified keyboardModified keyboard
Simple keyboard modifications make it easier for people with impaired hand function
User writes with modified stylusModified stylus
A stylus for navigation on touchscreens/smartphones and for typing on keyboard - suitable for people with extensive disabilities without finger function
User with telephone and stylus holderModified stylus
- enables people with impaired hand function to use an iPad or smartphone
Helena at the computerMounting arm for trackball mouse
By using the mounting arm the mouse comes into the right position for the user to control it by mouth – suitable for people with extensive disabilities
MousetrapperMousetrapper
Ergonomic mouse that provides a centered working position - suitable for persons with high spinal cord injuries
OnScreenKeys installed on the user’s computerOn-screen keyboard
Downloadable on-screen keyboard that works in many different languages - suitable for people with extensive disabilities
User by his computer with keyboard and keyboard overlay, external left "click" button and wheelchair joystick used as mouseOperating a computer
Operating a computer using the wheelchair joystick - an option for people who drive a Permobil
User at back of computerPlacement of computer in adapted workplace
Being able to see the back of the computer makes it easier for people with disabilities to work. It is easier to explain to others how to change cables, etc.
Sheet of reflectorsReflectors for controlling head mouse
Reflectors from Panduro Hobby are less expensive and better for controlling the head mouse than the accompanying reflectors
Control panel on computer screenStickyKeys, a setting in Windows
- a setting for people who cannot press two or more keys simultaneously
The user writes text messages on his iPhone with the stylusStylus touch pen in universal strap
Stylus for controlling touch displays - suitable for people with impaired hand function
User with her laptop. Forearms resting on support cushionSupport cushion
A practical cushion that makes it easier to achieve a better, more relaxed body position - suitable for people with reduced trunk balance
User with iPad on table easelTable easel
A table easel makes it easier to paint by mouth – suitable for people with severe disabilities
The user typing with his writing sticksTelephone- and typing sticks
Adapted pencil works as an assistive device for using telephone and computer - useful for persons with impaired handfunction
User with foot on the computer’s power buttonTurning on computer with foot
- an easy way to turn on the computer for people who drive a wheelchair
User punches in a number with telephone stickTyping and telephone stick
A stick inserted into the universal holder enables a person without dexterity to punch in a phone number and type on a computer
User types on computerTyping on computer
Maneuvering on the computer with a regular pen
Typing sticks with splint on dorsal wristTyping sticks for typing on computer
Assistive device for persons with impaired dexterity
User with universal strap and typing stick on handTyping sticks for writing on computer
Durable typing sticks; assistive device for persons who lack finger function
User with writing stickUniversal holder on wrist bandage
Holder for flatware and typing sticks sewn onto wrist bandage, suitable for persons without wrist function or finger dexterity
Universal rodUniversal rod with molded handle
Assistive device for writing and for picking up various objects for persons with impaired dexterity.
Laptop with head mouse on special table in bedUse of computer with head mouse in bed
Custom-made laptop table for use in bed – highly appreciated assistive device for persons who control the computer with a head mouse
User with wheelchair tableWheelchair table
- makes it easier to always have work materials accessible – suitable for people with severe disabilities
Shortcuts to the user’s favorite websitesWiVik On-screen keyboard
WiVik and shortcuts facilitate computer use for people with extensive disabilities
Work table with space for knees, manually adjustable height.Workroom with computer workstation
Workroom with computer workstation for a person who controls the computer with a head mouse
User types on computer with mouth stickWriting stick for computer
Simple mouth stick can be used for pocket calculators and certain computer functions (pressing multiple keys) – suitable for persons without active hand function
Stick made of hobby clay that can be bakedWriting stick for keyboarding
Writing stick made of hobby clay, appropriate for persons with impaired dexterity.