Standard computer mice require constant movement of the hand, wrist and arm to operate. As such, they pose many problems for people of all age groups with disabilities. In addition, users who spend long periods at the computer can develop repetitive strain injury as a consequence of this constant mouse movement.
As the name suggests 'Mouse Alternatives' is a range of devices (trackballs, joysticks, track pads, switches etc.), which replace mice in computing activities.
These devices are specifically designed to address the needs of computer users with limited hand control, fine and gross motor skill difficulties, poor hand-eye coordination, limited manual dexterity, repetitive strain injury, involuntary muscle spasms, spastic and flaccid paralysis, cerebral movement disorder or central neuromuscular disability and inflammatory or degenerative change.
They are also highly suitable for improving computer access for children and young people with some special educational needs, learning difficulties.