Accessible computer mouse that has features different from a traditional computer mouse allowing it to be used by those with limited arm, wrist or hand mobility.
Computer mouse designs have come a long way since the very first prototype in the 1960’s. Traditional models typically use a trackball or laser on the bottom and require the user to move the mouse on a table or flat surface to navigate a cursor on the computer screen. However, this movement may not be possible for many who live with mobility restrictions due to FOP. Fortunately manufacturers have improved upon original designs and now offer numerous options for those who cannot use a traditional mouse. Here are a few computer mouse designs the FOP community has shared with the IFOPA:
ELECOM hand-held wireless trackball mouse: ELECOM has many different styles, but the computer mouse pictured above was recommended by FOP community member Erika from Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia. This mouse can be held in either your right or left hand and is controlled using your thumb on the trackball. There are also 10 other functional buttons that allow you to assign your choice of functions by using “ELECOM Mouse Assistant” which is software available to download from ELECOM’s website.
Mouse designs that use a trackball are extremely smooth thanks to the ball bearings underneath them. However, dust and dirt can clog the ball bearings and may require periodic cleaning. If you purchase a mouse with a trackball, make sure the trackball can easily be popped out of the device for cleaning before you make your purchase.