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Extend 2-1 Computing Options Paper Draft Endnotes

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Silver 1 Daniel Silver Ms. Cates English 101 22 May 2008 Computing Options for Physically Challenged Users The ever-increasing presence of computers in everyone’s lives has generated an awareness of the need to address computing requirements for those who have or may develop physical limitations i . For these users, several different types of input and output methods can make their interactions with computers easier, more productive, and less frustrating. Various input devices are available for users with motor disabilities(Harkin, 2008, pp. 34-75). A keyguard is a metal or plastic plate placed over the keyboard that allows users to rest their hands on the keyboard without accidentally pressing any keys. Small trackballs that the user controls with a thumb or one finger can be attached to a table, mounted to a wheelchair, or held in the user’s hand. Another option for people with limited hand movement is a head-mounted pointer. To simulate the functions of a mouse button, a user works with a foot pedal, hand pad, or pneumatic instrument controlled by puffs of air.
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