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  • 1. Mouse Assessment Guide Quick Guide Created 05/00 Updated 09/01Observation Investigate...The user can move the mouse pointer but... …is not accurate seating and positioning vision slow down mouse speed programs with larger targets …hits mouse buttons by mistake Mouser or software to turn off the buttons switches instead of buttons …can’t hold down the button to ‘drag’ mouse/pointing device with a separate drag button, or programmable buttons MouseKeys drag keys software drag facility latching switch instead of button, plugged into a special interface …can’t double-click fast enough slow down double-click speed a mouse/pointing device with a separate double-click button, or programmable buttons …can’t hit the mouse button(s) switches instead of the button(s), plugged into the mouse or a special interface MouseKeys instead of the buttons ‘dwell select’ software …can’t see the pointer software utility to give enlarged, coloured, flashing pointer, or a pointer with a different shape …suffers pain when moving the mouse seating and positioning
  • 2. wrist rests alternative device such as trackball or touch pad/tablet …can’t move the pointer across the whole screen seating and positioning arm supports increase mouse speed/sensitivity alternative device such as trackball or touch pad/tabletThe user cannot hold or move the mouse but…can use a standard or alternative keyboard ‘MouseKeys’ control with the keyboard keyboard short-cuts ….has good finger/thumb/wrist control trackballs …is over 12 with good oral skills voice recognition ….has forearm control joysticks …has good finger control ‘MouseKeys’ , touch pad or games pad …has poor understanding touchscreen …has good head control headpointer & MouseKeys head-operated mouse …can operate several switches direct switch control a special interface …can operate one or two switches ‘hot-spots’ software on-screen scanning or rotating pointer switch control Page 2 of 2