Raynaud's Phenomenon and Computing

What is Raynaud's Phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon is a common disorder in which the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature.  In some instances it can be a sign of another issue.

The effects of the condition include having white, red or blue, cold fingers, and very cold feet.

How many people in the UK have the condition?

It affects between 3-20% of the adult population worldwide, mainly females and there may be as many as ten million sufferers in the UK (Source: http://www.raynauds.org.uk/)

Top tips for easier computing

If you have the condition it might well be a really good idea to consider looking at ways you can use the computer without using a keyboard. Voice recognition might be a viable alternative, if your fingers become too numb to use the condition. If you do want to continue to use the keyboard you could consider a soft touch keyboard, and perhaps even consider using word prediction to cut down on keyboard use. Using fingerless gloves might help too.

Case study

Zoe called us because she has Reynaud’s and uses a computer at home. She finds that her fingers get very sore fairly often and this means she cannot use the keyboard as much as she would like. We suggested using voice recognition, to take some of the pressure of using a keyboard off her. We also suggested using a light touch keyboard along with some word prediction software. This meant that she was able to use social networking sights more effectively to share her experiences of living with the condition.

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