Alternative Control

This section will explore various types of technology that can be used to control computers (and tablets / smartphones in some cases) and devices without using the traditional keyboard and mouse. 

Alternative Keyboards

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Alternative keyboard layouts and other enhancements support typing or text entry into computers and other devices.

Alternative Mouse Systems

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Alternative pointing devices, trackballs, and keypads are used to replace the mouse.

Non-Display based Personal Digital Assistant

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Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) are portable computers that are designed to act as organizers, notetakers, and/or communication devices.

On Screen Keyboard

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An onscreen keyboard generally appears on the same display used for programs and will remain permanently visible. On-screen keyboard use has become popular with smartphones and tablets, but can also be used on computers. On computers and devices that have a mouse pointer or switch scanning options, this keyboard can then be accessed using alternate mouse systems and/or switches


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Switches are a common solution for users with dexterity or mobility disabilities who need to use computers or other devices, but have difficulty with the physical interface based on its’ design.

Voice Recognition Software

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Voice Recognition allows a user to use their voice instead of typing on the keyboard. Voice recognition may be used to dictate text into a computer or device or to give commands to the computer (such as opening software/apps, pulling down menus, adjusting settings, or saving work).