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Overview

Programmable Keyboards

Pre-Made Overlays

Custom Overlays

Onscreen Keyboards

Head Pointing Systems

Case Study

Handout
Specialized Input Systems Vendors (pdf)

Overview

Students with significant or multiple impairments may require a customized system for better computer control. Often these methods can integrate with other technologies such as mobility or communication systems to make them more efficient. Originally developed for business or military operations, many of these "specialized" technologies can be effective applications for persons with disabilities. They require less effort to control, allowing the student to focus on the activity at hand.

Customized computer options look to replace the standard keyboard and mouse. Several combine both standard methods into a totally new one. We will discuss several alternatives including:

Keyboard/Overlay Systems

Onscreen Keyboards

Head Pointing Systems

Check out our handout on Specialized Input Systems Vendors!

 

 

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