Assistive Technology

A friend outlined the assistive technology options here:

For those with speech: dragon dictate (which is better than via voice) or Mac Dictate for Mac users.

For those with use of one hand - you can get one handed keyboards
Frogpad - http://www.frogpad.com/FPAndYou-Disabled.html
Maltron keyboards - http://www.maltron.com/maltron-kbd-single.html however these cost more but they may be able to get help from Medicare if in US or their OT maybe able to help them in UK (NHS funding)

For those with use of one hand and are better with mouse device and keeping hand in same position they could use a mouse alternative with an on-screen keyboard instead.

The Cruise Trackpad takes very little movement of fingers to use it and no hand or wrist movement required.
http://www.dailystrength.org/groups/more-than-words/media/633116

'Track-it' allows you to access your whole computer using only one switch that they could press with an hand, foot or head.
http://www.dailystrength.org/groups/more-than-words/media/711642 - when the light is on the direction they want the cursor to move they click switch the four lights along bottoms are for functions such as left click, right, drag, double click they can use a seperate switch to get to those quicker if they could manage like one foot for one switch or head for the other.

The most expensive options would be headmouse or eye gaze if person had no use of the arms at all.

The Headmouse options are cheaper. SmartNav is the cheapest
http://www.naturalpoint.com/smartnav/ - mainly windows but in US it maybe possible to get hold of a Mac version of this too.

Headmouse Extreme is plug and play and works on either without any software.
http://www.orin.com/access/headmouse/

The Eyetech system is the cheapest seperate eye tracking camera that fits to any Windows PC
http://www.eyetechds.com/assistivetech/index.htm

All the others are well over £15,000 (UK) not sure how much that is in dollars. If person is in US Medicare might cover something like a Dynavox Eyemax or Tobii C12 with Eye tracking, if the person also had little or no speech.

http://www.dailystrength.org/groups/more-than-words for uses of AT and AAC

Also on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=info&ref=profile&id=1557002850#!/group.php?gid=163707529230

Good List Ben!

My daughter is an occupational therapist and they have knowledge and / or catalogs where you can get all sorts of devices to help you deal with any deficits. She has been helping her Grandmother by hearing of issues that Grandmother has and ordering devices that help her adapt to more normal living.

Any OT should be able to assist you in finding access to these sources.

Hope this helps.
Ron, KS

Does anyone have experience wit the Frog pad? Looks interesting to me, as I type one handed on a tradiotional keyboard, with right handed soreness too:(

James, if you don’t find someone who’s used the Frogpad, let me know. I can put you in touch with the person who created this list.

Ben

James Larken Smith said:

Does anyone have experience wit the Frog pad? Looks interesting to me, as I type one handed on a tradiotional keyboard, with right handed soreness too:(

nice list!