Computer Access

To effectively interact with a computer the user must have some method of inputting data (keyboard, mouse/joystick) and interpreting data output (monitor, printer).  For users with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities alternate methods of accessing the computer may be needed.  Input may be accessed via alternative input interfaces such as eye gaze, on screen keyboards, touch screens, mouse or trackball; modified keyboards, sticky keys, keyguards and keyboard overlays; and voice input through voice recognition technology.  Screen output options include screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, magnification and visual “beep” indicators.  Hard copy output modifications include Braille printers used in conjunction with text-to-Braille translation programs or enlarged font size for printed text.  (Landers & Belknap)