Sunday, May 20, 2012

Large Button Keyboards

Earlier, a blog post was done on mini keyboards.  It is also important to know about large button keyboards.  

Typically, mini keyboards are indicated for one handed users or individuals that good fine motor control but impaired gross motor control.  Conversely, large button keyboards are indicated for individuals with impaired fine motor, poor gross motor skills.  Users with poor fine motor require larger buttons since they need larger targets for increased accuracy.  

With both mini keyboards and large button keyboards alternative layouts can be obtained; either the standard QWERTY layout that is most commonly used or an ABC layout.  Depending on the keyboard, additional features can be obtained such as alternative colors or number of keys.

Something as simple as changing the size of the keyboard can facilitate independence for an person with impairments.  Individuals that would benefit from this type of change can vary but are not limited to individuals with Parkinson's disease, stroke survivors, Multiple Sclerosis, or Cerebral Palsy.  It is important to always evaluate all forms of technology, including various large button keyboards to make sure to find the best fit for the user for an adaptABLE world.

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