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Ask Ben: Switching to a Switch
When Using a Computer
ALS is affecting my arms and I am finding it more difficult to get on the computer. I'm so used to doing everything with my computer but now I find I have to think about it. I can still use the keyboard and mouse. Is there anything that would make it easier?
– Bill, Nassau County, NY
Switch to a switch. The operation of a mouse by hand is really an intricate process. First we clasp the mouse, then we slide it left/right or further/closer to move the cursor, and then we click. All designed to tell the computer that wherever the cursor is that's what you want to activate. There's a lot going on with the hand and all revolving around one object: a mouse.
There are track balls and joysticks to replace the mouse and more easily move the cursor around the screen. But I want to focus on the click, that small finger movement. The difficulty is that with a mouse or trackball, the 'click' apparatus is in the same component. As dexterity diminishes you want to separate those functions.
There are simple USB attachments that allow 'clicking' with a switch. A switch is just a button (they come in various sizes.) You still move the cursor with the mouse or trackball, but the 'clicking' part can now be done by a separate switch. Since the switch is operating independent of the mouse, you can place it under your other hand, behind your head, in your lap. Anywhere you have comfortable consistent movement.
Here are two items to consider. Let me know if you have any other questions about access to computers:
Ben Lieman, ATP, MSW is the Assistive Technology Specialist with the Greater New York Chapter, advising patients and caregivers about medical equipment, home accessibility, and augmentative communications devices. To ask Ben a question, simply email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (212) 720-3057. Ben will answer all questions directly as usual, but not all questions will appear in the Monthly Update.
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If you are looking for a way to get involved please click here or learn how you can help people with ALS. You can also call Christine Dunn at (212) 720-3044 or email: email@example.com for New York, or Debbie Schlossberg at (732) 710-8832 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for New Jersey.
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