Monday, May 25, 2015

Computer access for quadriplegics - new and updated products


TETRAMOUSE

Some of you may remember that I use the TetraMouse for PC access.  It's a reasonably priced piece of equipment that allows me to use my mouth to operate the mouse, including cursor movement, left, right clicks, drag-drop function and more.  It also provides a great scroll function.  I recommend it without hesitation for many reasons. It's easy to use, requires no maintenance, and was easy to learn. I have the older model, which I've used for many years without any need for repair. (It comes with a lifetime guarantee for repairs or replacement and the user pays shipping only.)  I use it with an onscreen keyboard as well as Dragon Naturally Speaking.

The TetraMouse TMXA, the analog model in the newer version,  which costs $349, would be helpful for me, because it allows more than 8 point navigation. My work entails the need for precise editing and navigation to correct even periods and commas as well as underlining to exactly the right letter, so I'm budgeting to upgrade.

DRAGGER

I'm also on a 30 day trial period with Dragger, a mouse utility program which has an auto-click function.  It costs about $100. This can be set to click automatically when you land the cursor on a spot on your PC screen.  I only need this because my work entails dealing with a  very large amount of scanned documents and automatic clicking would be  helpful as an energy and time saver. The scrolling which the TetraMouse provides is also extremely helpful for reviewing very long documents.

OTHER PRODUCTS

If you're a quadriplegic and require a rundown on other products that are available, take a look at Jouse 3 and QuadJoy3 and Headmouse Extreme.  Both Jouse and QuadJoy are now in version 3, so if you're buying, make sure you get the newest version.

GAMING

For gaming, it seems the Quadstick is a good alternative at $399.  It allows quadriplegics to play complex games by allowing access to game consoles and PC with gaming control functions provided by the joystick, lip position sensors, a push switch and sip and puff controls as well as using Dragon Naturally Speaking.  If you miss gaming, check it out as the Quadstick is relatively low cost compared to other products out there.

There are many other gaming alternatives and a good place to start is AbleGamers.  If you've never heard of them, head on over to  see if you can get a grant for gaming equipment. And, while you're at it, spread the word about their good work to others and encourage donations.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Helping disabled people enjoy life - South Bend Tribune

Helping disabled people enjoy life - South Bend Tribune: Local



The executive director of Qchair Traveler will spend at least the next four years traveling around North America to advance travel accessibility for people with disabilities.

David Sherrer, who has been paralyzed 26 years,  is traveling " across the country in a 2005 Wildwood LE 29 FBSRV toy hauler, hoping to enlighten RV manufacturers, suppliers, camp owners and the public on the ease and benefits of making their parks, RVs and products more accessible to disabled citizens".  

See also: article in rv-pro.com 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May 1 is BADD - Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015

Tomorrow May 1 is Blogging Against Disablism Day! Don't miss out on this chance to be heard.  Click on the link to join in by posting, reading or commenting.