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Lake Folks


Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from typing on a physical computer keyboard.  As long as the physically challenged person can control a mouse, trackball, touch screen or other pointing device, this software keyboard allows you to send keystrokes to virtually any Windows application or DOS application that can run within a window. The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard is a 32 bit application that requires Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP or later.  There are other onscreen virtual keyboards around but you'll find Click-N-Type the easiest to use for getting text into those uncooperative places like browser URL "Address:" fields, Email "To:" addresses, Email "Subject:" fields, dialog boxes like "Open" and "Save As...", and many other problematic applications.  Try them all.  The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard was designed with ease of use foremost in mind.  Oh yes, it's FREE. 

Discover: Screen



Discover:Screen is the software-only solution that puts a customizable keyboard on the computer screen. Discover:Screen is ideal for people who physically cannot move their head down to look at a keyboard and then back up to the computer screen. It’s great for people who lose their focus when moving between keyboard and computer screen, too. Use Discover:Screen with a touch screen so users can point to make selections. Or use Discover:Screen with a mouse, joystick or Tracker One. Discover:Screen is a flexible writing tool. It’s easy to type whole words or letter by letter to do writing assignments, send email, etc. Discover:Create software is included for editing the keyboards that are included with Discover:Screen and create new setups to match the physical and cognitive needs of users.

EZ Keys


EZ Keys $1295
EZ Keys without voice $695

• Standard and adapted computer access
• Dual word prediction
• Abbreviation expansion
• Rapid text-to-speech voice output
EZ Keys comes with a number of invaluable time-saving features, including dual word prediction and abbreviation expansion. When the user begins to type a word, EZ Keys displays a table of the six most frequently used words that begin with those letters. You select the appropriate word from the display, and EZ Keys instantly types the remainder of the word. In addition, EZ Keys features next word prediction, where the program actually learns your word patterns and displays a list of the last six words you used in conjunction with the previous word. Simply select the correct word and EZ Keys types it for you. The word prediction database can contain up to 5,000 words and can be easily modified to include new vocabulary. EZ Keys also allows you to use abbreviations for frequently used words and phrases and for instant speech. Simply type the abbreviation and EZ Keys automatically substitutes it with the complete word or phrase. You can even use this powerful feature to have your computer perform certain tasks, such as saving and printing a file.

Words+ understands that not everyone can use a mouse. That’s why we designed EZ Keys to provide complete mouse emulation using alternative inputs, such as a keyboard or even a slight movement of an eye using switch activation. A variety of access modes, including standard keyboard, expanded keyboard, joystick, mouse, single and multiple switch scanning, and Morse code, are available with EZ Keys software. You can even switch from one access mode to another without exiting the program. A “no voice” version of EZ Keys is also available for users who do not require speech output, but who want adapted computer access.


Origin Instruments



Origin Instruments' KeyStrokes is a Macintosh on screen keyboard. There are five resizable keyboard layouts to choose from. The layouts differ by whether they include a number pad, function keys, navigation keys and ordering of the keys in QWERTY or alphabetical order. Key seperation and other aspects of key and keyboard background appearance are modifiable. The keyboards can be resized by selecting several preset sizes or they can be drag sized like any window. Also included is Dwellix, a utility for entering mouse button "clicks" using dwell selection.

Microsoft XP

On Screen Keyboard

Free, included with Windows Operating System

On–Screen Keyboard is a utility that displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen that allows people with mobility impairments to type data by using a pointing device or joystick. Besides providing a minimum level of functionality for some people with mobility impairments, On–Screen Keyboard can also help people who do not know how to type.

No Keys Virtual

Leithauser Research


No-Keys is a computer software program that displays an on screen keyboard, also known as a virtual keyboard (a picture of a computer keyboard on the screen). Users can "type" on this onscreen keyboard using a mouse, trackball, or similar pointing device. (A scan option is also provided for people who cannot move any pointing device at all.) Whatever keys are typed on the virtual keyboard are sent to another program (such as a word processor, email program, text-to-speech program, etc.) selected by the user. This allows you to operate the computer entirely with the mouse or other pointing device. This is intended primarily for computer users who have limited mobility, such as people suffering from MD, MS, stroke, or similar handicaps or disabilities. It can also be used for touch screen computers to eliminate the need for the keyboard. The current version is version 5.0. This is a new and improved version has four built-in keyboards (including QWERTY), and also allows the user to create custom keyboard configurations. You can now put exactly the keys you want on the keyboard in whatever order and arrangement you want. A hover option has also been added.


IMG - Innovation
Management Group, Inc.


My-T-Soft provides On-Screen keyboard emulation that works with ANY Windows program. The My-T-Soft Version provides compatibility within the Windows 95 / 98 / Me / NT / 2000 / XP operating system.

OnScreen is the latest version of My-T-Soft AT - the Assistive Technology version of IMG's My-T-Soft Keyboards.

OnScreen is used by individuals who need an alternative to the physical keyboard, can use a pointing device or switch, and need an on-screen keyboard as their primary text input device

REACH Interface Author™ 3.0

Applied Human Factors

With SmartKey $479.00

This product is a premier on-screen keyboard software available and comes with a vast assortment of assistive technology tools . It was designed to help a person use a computer more easily and augment their speech if that is needed. If you have trouble using a standard hardware keyboard but can use a mouse or other pointer, then you can use any of the numerous typing keyboards that come with REACH. Also, if you can use a single switch or two switches, then you can type using one of the REACH keyboards in "scanning" mode. It runs in Microsoft®95,®98, ®NT, ®2000, and ®XP.

ScreenDoors 2000


ScreenDoors 2000 is for people using a headpointer like Tracker or a mouse alternative like WISP, a trackball, game joystick or touch window. It is ideally suited for individuals with Quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and any other disability where the user has little or no control of their hands to use a standard keyboard.

SofType 4.2

Origin Instruments


Text entry into all standard Windows applications
Integrated AutoClick™ and Dragger™ for performing clicking functions by dwell selection Multiple keyboard layouts Word completion with customizable word list. Macro and abbreviationexpansion
Excellent companion for HeadMouse® or other mouse emulators

Visual Dynamic Keyboard

Web 4 All

The Visual Dynamic Keyboard (VDK) is an on-screen keyboard that lets users control their computer without using the regular keyboard and mouse. It appears on-screen in a resizable window, as a keyboard with rectangular keys. The VDK provides greater accessibility to Windows™ applications for users with physical impairments.

WiViK® ver 3

Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre


WiViK on-screen keyboard (virtual keyboard) software provides access to any Microsoft Windowsapplication as an alternative to a standard computer keyboard.

WiViK can help individuals of all ages who are unable to use a physical keyboard, such as those with spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. Any pointing device or one through six discrete switches may be used as input. There are many alternative pointing devices and switches available in the assistive technology field that work with WiViK


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