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Adapting a Standard Keyboard


The standard keyboard can be used by many who are unable to write usinga pencil. A series of further alterations to the keyboard can be made ifrequired. Remember that anyone using a computer can benefit from good seating and positioning. Advice from an occupationaltherapist or physiotherapist should be sought if you are in doubt about thequality of seating available. Poor posture can cause lasting harm and may also bring about a deterioration in some conditions.

People who have problems in pressing and releasing keys quickly enough to avoid repeated and unwanted characters can be helped by having the key response changed. Minor changes can be made using standard keyboard configurations. Major changes can be done by using the Accessibility options in your computer's operating system.

Speech and sound feedback will help some users by providing an instant confirmation of the acceptance of a keypress.

Some users find it easier to hold a stick to press the keys; a pencil with a rubber can be used as a non-slip pointer or a T shaped dibber can be made.
The addition of a keyguard, a metal or plastic plate with holes for each key can make it easier to avoid unwanted keys and provide a hand rest between presses.
Different shapes, sizes and configurations of keyboard (Jumbo Board) can be tried if changes to the standard keyboard are insufficient.



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