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Alternative Input Devices

Alternative computer input options include the following devices:

Handsticks Physical devices that are grasped by the hand or physically attached to the hand or wrist that allow user to individually press keyboard keys.

Head Pointers Pointing and inputting devices that are strapped to the head.

Mouthsticks Pointing and inputting devices that are held in the mouth.

 

Handsticks

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

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Keyboard Aid

Ableware, Maddak, Inc.
$30.45
http://service.maddak.com
/catalog.asp

 

H732161000
Features a soft foam rubber palm grip and 1¨ (2.5 cm) wide hook-and-loop adjustable wrist band. Measures 1 x 8¨ (2.5 x 22 cm). A foam rubber tip at the end of a curved wand helps people with limited hand function or dexterity easily flip through pages of books, newspapers, and magazines. The curve of the wand has a foam rubber pad for turning heavy coated paper and large sheets. Also handy on computer keyboards or phone pads.

Type Aid

Ableware, Maddak, Inc.
$16.50
http://service.maddak.com
/catalog.asp

H735100000
Helps people with limited functional hand skills to accurately depress keys.

Can be used on typewriters, adding machines, calculators and telephones. It will not damage machine keys.

Overall length is 7 1/2¨ (19 cm).

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Head Pointers

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

Image

AcuPoint

Sammons Preston
$136.49
http://www.sammons
preston.com/

Headpiece has a unique, adjustable elastic strapping system of strong, lightweight graphite/glass composite lined with anti-bacterial treated foam for comfortable, sanitary use. Telescoping pointer is graphite with a small, flexible rubber tip for accuracy. Initiated and designed by Archeworks. Latex free

Adjustable Head Pointer

Ableware, Maddak, Inc.
$139.89
http://service.maddak.com
/catalog.asp

H718300000
It helps people with limited verbal communication skills to use communication boards and to point. It is also excellent for pushing in switches. Consists of lightweight plastic bands secured by metal hardware and topped by a 19¨ (48 cm) long aluminum rod. Padding at the forehead is comfortable and cool.
The headband and cranial strap adjust to fit various head sizes and shapes. The pointer rod is fully adjustable for length and angle in any direction. The rod is fitted with a removable pencil holder. Net weight is 8 oz. (.23 kg).

Adjustable Head Pointer

Sammons Preston
$52.95
http://www.sammons
preston.com/

The aluminum frame, with foam-padded liner, can bend to fit head size. Secured by an elastic chin strap and Velcro®. Rods can be bent or cut to adjust angle and length. Latex free.

Baseball Cap
Head Pointer

Sammons Preston
$40.95
http://www.sammons
preston.com/

A fully adjustable pointer that fits any size baseball cap with a button on top. Adjusts from 18½"–24½" (from cap button to pointer tip). Latex free.

Clear-View
Head Pointer

Sammons Preston
$114.95
http://www.sammons
preston.com/

Unit extends from jaw level, permitting better vision and body positioning than a forehead pointer. User stays comfortably positioned, and minimal head movement is required. Lightweight aluminum yoke can be bent to adjust pointer angle. Contoured and adjustable six ways — via side knobs — for control and comfort. Wand is 10" long. Entire yoke from ear to tip is 20¾". Latex free.

FRS Head Pointer

Forbes Rehab Services
FRS Custom Solutions, Inc.
$289.00
http://www.frs-
solutions.com/

The FRS Custom Solutions head pointer is designed to assist physically challenged individuals with a wide range of daily tasks including communication device access, computer access, elevator operation, light and appliance control. . Our lightweight (7.5 ounces) head pointer features a durable one piece plastic frame lined with comfortable high density padding. An adjustable elastic back and chinstrap keeps the head wand securely in position, while providing a comfortable, customized fit. The standard 18” aluminum pointer rod is easily adjustable and locks securely in place. Custom formed and alternate rod lengths are available to meet specific needs.

Head Pointers

Zygo Industries
http://www.zygo
-usa.com/

AD-1 Standard Pointer*
This head-worn pointer represents a significant design advancement in providing efficient pointing from a psychologically and cosmetically sound perspective: the chin. Unlike forehead protrusion pointers, using an "out from the chin" device more realistically places the pointer in proximity to the item(s) being accessed. It also eliminates the unsightly barrier imposed by forehead pointers because it doesn't interrupt either the wearer's field of vision or the full view of the wearer's face. This unit is fully adjustable; capable of being individually fitted to head sizes from 20-25 inches in circumferences.

AD-2 "Tiny Tot" Pointer
This unit has all the characteristics of the AD-1 above, but is specially sized for small heads from 17-20 inches in circumference. The headband has a rear strap adjustment and the yoke assembly is sized for these smaller heads.

AD-3 Standard Pointer (w/Rear Strap Closure)
This model is a "gap filler" between the AD-1 and AD-2. The yoke assembly is standard size, but the rear knob adjustment portion of the AD-1 head band has been replaced with a hook and loop strap closure. This is particularly helpful when the wearer is seated against any headrest mechanism where the AD-1 knob would continuously abrade the rest and cause discomfort. Also, it accommodates adult wearers with slightly smaller than average head sizes, for whom the overall yoke size reduction of the AD-2 is inappropriate.

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Mouthsticks

Device, Vendor, Price, Link

Description

Image

Bendable Telescopic
Mouth Sticks

Sammons Preston
$56.95-$69.95
http://www.sammons
preston.com/

Adjustable-angle mouth sticks allow better visibility and a more natural writing/typing angle. One is a pointer for keyboard or page turning, the other holds implements such as a pen, pencil or paintbrush. Telescoping end makes it easy to adjust length. Latex free.

 

H-A Modular Mouthpiece
System

Extensions for Independence
$598
http://www.mouth
stick.net//

 

 

 

H-A Modular Titanium Mouthpiece
The user can easily talk and swallow while firmly holding the mouthstick with the molars of both sides.

Modular Design: System includes moutpieces, straight extension, bent extension, mouthstick holder, telescoping stand, 4 gripper clip holders, attachment tip with brush, table top pedestal, low profile bracket, multi bracket, and spare erasers.

Telescoping: The disabled user can easily extend or shorten the mouthstick as needed. It can be extended 50% its original size.

Sturdy light-weight titanium construction.

Unassisted changing of tips: Designed for the user to interchange tips unassisted.

Visibility of tip for writing, typing, etc.: The inclination makes the tip of the pen visible when writing, or the eraser tip visible for hitting the right key of a computer, calculator, etc.

Mouth Sticks

Sammons Preston
$42.95-$69.95
http://www.sammons
preston.com/

Straight Wand Mouth Stick
Clamp-On Mouth Stick
Vertical Pincher Mouth Stick
Wand Mouth Stick with Bend Adapter

Wand Mouthstick

Rehabmart
from $47
http://www.
rehabmart.com/

 

Economical wand is versatile and lightweight. The Wand Mouthstick is both a typing stick and page turner.

Weighs 1 oz. (28g). Shaft does not bend. Comes in sizes 14in to 20in.

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