RA is an auto-immune disease and quite different from osteoarthritis, the ‘wear-and-tear’ form of arthritis which many people get to some degree, particularly as they get older. It can cause disabling pain, stiffness and reduced joint function as well as severe fatigue and can have a huge impact on quality of life for them and their families.
Many people with RA find it painful to use a standard keyboard and mouse so AbilityNet and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society have teamed up to produce this factsheet.
It describes the steps and some of the options that can help make computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones easier to use.
Amongst the solutions that are reviewed ar alternatives to the standard keyboard and mouse, including the vocie of control and dictation.
Although some people require additional hardware or software many very effective changes can be made by adjusting settings built into your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.