When it comes to computer navigation, a mouse may be a student's
best friend! With a mouse's design and function, however, students
with disabilities may find their use difficult. To use a mouse,
you have to move the pointer to an area on the screen and press
down to "click" (select).
This module offers information on alternative ways to move the
pointer. We review a variety of "Plug and Play" mouse
alternatives that are commercially available and require little
set-up time. "Plug and play" means that you don't need
a special interface. Just plug the device into a mouse port and
it's ready to use! Information on vendors for many of these mouse
alternatives is in our Mouse
Consider using one of these mouse alternatives in combination with
low-tech adaptations before investing in more specialized systems.
The Specialized Input
Systems section may also be helpful for students having difficulty
using keyboard and mouse alternatives.