I can’t see the screen very well

You can easily buy a larger computer screen but it’s even easier to adjust Windows’ display options so you’ll always see bigger icons and bigger text. Read on – and if you’re struggling to read this try pressing CTRL and + (plus) together to zoom into this page. How adjusting the display can help Find out how […]

I find the keyboard difficult to use

You are not alone! A lot of people have difficulties using standard computer keyboards. It is possible to buy keyboards of alternative shapes and sizes that can help. But before you consider these it’s worth knowing about the free accessibility options already built into your computer as adjusting these could mean you don’t need to […]

I have trouble using the mouse

The computer mouse requires a complex arrangement of tricky movements and a lot of people struggle with these. There are mice available in a wide variety of forms and size which can be easier to use. There are also lots of alternatives to mice: rollerballs, joysticks, head pointing, switch access and eye gaze are all […]

Snapping the mouse pointer to buttons

Windows Snap To Snap To is an accessibility option in Windows that automatically moves the cursor to the default button (usually “OK”) in any dialog box. This can help users who find it difficult to press on the OK button but doesn’t help people to click on the other elements in the form such as the cancel button, […]

Encourage expressive communication with a scene building activity (and GoTalk Now!)

Here’s a session I did this afternoon. The child is 5 years old, nonverbal, has good receptive language, and is a little non-compliant. He uses unconventional pre-symbolic language including pointing, grabbing, crying, pulling hands etc to communicate. This is very limiting when he wants to engage in anything other than the most basic activities. It […]

Alternatives to the regular computer mouse

If you’re finding the computer mouse difficult to use you might to think about making some changes in Windows or downloading some free software to help. For many people, however, a specialist alternative to the regular mouse will provide the optimum solution. Here’s some of the more popular options currently available to you. Ergonomic Mice Sometimes […]

Solutions for Mouse Tremors

Hardware Ten years ago IBM created a box that you could plug into your computer that would reduce the effect of tremors on the movement of the mouse. The Assistive Mouse Adaptor was made by a company called Montrose Secam Ltd. Their website is down and I think the company and the box is no longer available. Software […]

Project Soli captures tiny gestures

I work with a number of people who benefit from the Micro Light switch to access computers, phones and tablets. The switch is suitable for people who have very small or weak movements in the hand, wrist or fingers. However due to the small size of the movements the switch must be consistently positioned in […]

Develop early mouse skills at jacksonpollock.org

Create some abstract expressionist art (potentially worth millions) using a mouse, rollerball, joystick, headpointer or even eyegaze. Press the mouse button (or hit the switch or blink) to change the colour of your paint and start Action Painting. And it’s free! See you at Sotheby’s! www.jacksonpollock.org

Hands-free computer access using Dasher

The Inference Group at Cambridge University originally intended to create a method of entering text into PDAs and other mobile devices. The result, however, has provided a vital alternative to standard On-Screen Keyboards that are used by thousands of people with physical disabilities. Most OSKs have a layout very similar to a regular keyboard only displayed on the […]

Making older versions of Microsoft Word easier to use

Microsoft Word  is one of the world’s most popular computer programs. However the older versions are also visually very complex and this complexity can be a real barrier for young children, people with learning difficulties, and people with some visual impairments. In fact anyone can lose confidence when they are faced with the complex toolbar icons and other clutter […]

Find the mouse pointer by pressing the Ctrl key

It is easy to lose the mouse pointer on modern computer screens. This handy trick allows you to use the CONTROL key to quickly locate the pointer on the screen. If you’re finding it difficult to find see the pointer you might want to investigate changing the pointer size or colour, download my high-viz cursor set or enable Windows pointer […]