Adaptive Computing Input Devices
Alternative input hardware and software provides a means for people who have difficulty using their keyboard or mouse to enter data into the computer. These include items such as: alternative keyboards, on-screen keyboards, trackballs, joysticks, various switches, voice recognition and more. When you click on any of the links below and access the vendors page, usually there is a products link that will help you locate the item sold by that vendor.
If these adaptive technologies are new to you, here is a video with a demo of some adaptive input for motor impaired
Prentke Romich Company
A Multi-product reseller and
developer of hardware-based Mouse emulators:
Head movement and
sip-puff switch moves
the mouse cursor.
A joystick-operated mouse
controlled with built in mouth and
sip, puff, and bite switches.
Develops products specifically designed for
people with the most severe disabilities;
focus on switches and literacy resources.
AlphaSmart by IPD, Inc.
A simple, portable computer companion;
compatible with any computer,
Macintosh or PC, and with most printers.
Users type, edit and electronically store text and
practice keyboarding, without having to be at a computer.
Text can be transferred to any computer
for formatting, or directly to a printer.
Applied Human Factors, Inc.
Software-based on-screen Keyboards
Software-based word prediction for Windows
Applied Learning Corporation
Ergonomic and Alternative Keyboards
Maltron Ergonomic Keyboards
Includes one-handed, left-handed and
Brain Actuated Technologies, Inc.
The CyberLink Interface
Operate computer hardware
and software directly from the mind.
Technology to enable you to use a computer hands-free.
The site is currently under construction and
has no information on any of its products.
DataHand Systems, Inc.
A Ten-Key Data-Entry Keyboard
A merger of
Arkenstone Inc., Henter Joyce and Blazie companies.
Is also a multi-product reseller.
Emphasis on technologies for
sensory and learning disabled persons.
Product areas include:
Screen Reading & Screen Magnification Software
Braille Note Takers, Embossers & Displays
Scanning & Reading Software
Learning Systems Software
Specializes in assistive technology for
persons who have difficulties reading print due to
blindness, low vision, or learning and/or reading disabilities.
Personal notetaker built on
the Microsoft Windows CE
A multi-product reseller with adaptive and
assistive technologies and devices including
Adaptive Software, Braille Products,
Vision Products, Voice Recognition,
Pointing Devices and Keyboards
L&H Kurzweil Educational Systems Group
Technologies for the visually impaired and learning disabled.
L&H Kurzweil 3000
For individuals with learning disabilities or a reading difficulty
such as dyslexia. Uses special multisensory technology
to improve reading speed and comprehension.
A language module provides additional support
for people whose first language is not English.
L&H Kurzweil 1000
A PC-based reading system that works
in conjunction with a scanner and synthetic speech
to convert the printed word into speech;
for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Acts as a portal to companies whose
technologies work on/with MicroSoft products.
A multi-product reseller of
assistive and augmentive technologies and devices.
An "intelligent" keyboard that
plugs into any Macintosh or Windows computer.
Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium
A consortium made up of major Canadian
educational institutions and private sector partners.
A series of on-screen keyboards
Voice Recognition Organizers and Communications Technologies
Hands-free voice recognition for
cell and car phones
Robotron Pty. Lt
Applied speech synthesis and optical character recognition;
assistive technology devices including
talking personal computers
Braille translation software and
talking mobility devices.
Company focuses on speech recognition and
voice-to-text hardware and software. It is also a reseller.
The company link will take you to a list of
their products and the adaptive technology
products from other companies.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
and other Dragon voice recognition
and voice-to text-technologies
Synapse TAP Workstations
Voice-operate Sun, SGI, HP UNIX,
PC, Mac or Mainframe computers.
Academic Software, Inc.
Assistive Technology and Research
for persons with disabilities
A multi-function switch interface for PCs with Windows
A single-function switch interface for Windows or DOS
ADAMLAB/RESA of Wayne County
Low-cost voice and speech-generating
technology for speech-challenged individuals and
students with combined cognitive and physical disabilities.
(No specific computer or internet technologies)
Assistive Technology, Inc.
A "smart" keyboard that talks
Basic word processing and communication for
children and adults who have difficulty with
written or oral communication.
TASH International, Inc.
Company develops a variety of devices and
environmental controls for the severely disabled.
Computer-related products include:
A small, alternative keyboard compatible with
any IBM computer running Windows 95 or 98.
A large alternative keyboard compatible with
any IBM computer running Windows 95 or 98.
Controls all mouse functions on both
Windows and Macintosh computers using a
combination of five single switches or any multiple switch.
Augmentative communication systems for
profoundly physically disabled individuals
Computer access for
people with motoric difficulties.
Switches enable the user to manipulate
any number of on-screen keyboards
including all mouse controls.
Cursor control system provides to
control the computer through the use of head motion.
Adaptive Hardware and Software Resource Page