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Can't disagree with any of that... But at the moment I'm just trying to improve my understanding of the basic rules about what kind of physical movements place a strain on which part of the shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers and so on and which pieces of kit are supposed to help with that. I wouldn't make a recommendation based solely on those supposed 'rules', for the reasons you outline, but it might help me to decide which mouse to try first...

mike




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From: A discussion list for Assistive Technology professionals. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Lee
Sent: 11 January 2011 14:53
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Subject: Re: Suggestions for good info resource - ergonomic keyboards and mice

On 11 January 2011 14:38, Mike Parry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Are your
> doubts based on the notion that individuals particular requirements
> are rarely addressed by stock solutions?

Yes exactly, some customisation will usually be needed. It's better to find equipment and coping strategies in consideration of all an individual's requirements.

As a crude allegory for example I may get more from a bicycle than a car depending on a wide range of differing requirements, including costs and fitness, even if it a stock item needs to be adapted for hand power. However, categories do aid course selection and design.

Plus it leads back to a medical model of disability by thinking of physical problems.

Steve


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