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Adapted/Alternative Keyboard


Keyboards are the primary access method for interacting with computers.  However, the standard keyboard can be difficult to use for many people, especially those with physical, sensory, or cognitive challenges.  Adapted or alternative keyboards have been developed to allow people to interact with a computer in a method that is more appropriate for their individual skills and abilities and become more efficient computer users.  Although there are many options available, some of the most common include:


  • Ergonomic keyboards

  • Compact keyboards

  • Separate numeric keypads

  • Keyboards with keyguards

  • Keyboards with enlarged keys

  • High-contrast keyboards

  • Early learning keyboards (ABC, enlarged)

  • Specialized keyboards – braille, chording and expanded devices

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