Dexterity and Mobility

Caroline working on the computerAbilityNet have provided a short video clip on YouTube that illustrates how Caroline works on her computer with a keyguard on a small Cherry keyboard. Manual dexterity difficulties can affect the ability to use the keyboard or mouse with ease, as well as making small buttons on a mobile phone hard to use and any fiddly controls.

The upper limbs, hands and fingers may be stiff and have restricted movements, lack coordination or be hard to control. There are many reasons for having dexterity difficulties and some are related to neurological or medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury and circulatory disorders.

The ZDNet article ‘Social Networking: Not as inclusive as you might think‘ by Simon Stevens, who founded the Wheelies on-line disco in Second Life says, “Designers don’t tend to think about how much mouse movement is required to access common functions, for example,” … “That’s a big issue for people who have problems with dexterity.”

SCIPS – Characteristics of Motor/Manual Dexterity Difficulties Impacting on Learning and Teaching

Barriers to moving around The Open University Making You Teaching Inclusive has a very good video on the issues of moving around a campus when using a wheelchair.The information provided discusses the issues that can arise from:

  • the physical setting,
  • teaching and learning personal
  • and social well-being.

WebAim offer a series of webapges that cover many aspects of mobility and motor impairments with more information on Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments from the University of Washington.

SCIPS has information on the challenges and subjects associated with Physical Disabilities. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides a collection of resources on  how people with disabilities use the web.