Keyboard and Mouse: Alternatives and Adaptations for Disabled People

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New computers are usually supplied with a standard keyboard and mouse. However, these standard devices can pose difficulties for people with a physical, sensory or cognitve impairment so many people find it much easier to use a different type of mouse or keyboard.

This AbilityNet factsheet provides details of some of the alternative keyboard, mouse and other pointing devices available.

It also gives information on adaptations you can make to standard keyboards and mice, for example changing the settings to slow down the speed of the mouse movement on screen.

We give contact details in Section 5 for a number of specialist suppliers. You can also buy some of these alternative devices from non-specialist retailers.

However we cannot comment on every single piece of equipment, so please contact our helpline on 0800 269545 for more information.

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