Fine Motor Impairments

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Fine motor impairments can result from a wide range of conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and old age. These impairments can make everyday jobs, such as writing or checking email, feel impossible due to loss of motor control.

The key accessibility principle to keep in mind when addressing motor disabilities is making sure that elements of the job are operable. Not everyone can use a mouse, navigate a computer, or grasp tools firmly.

For example:

A dental receptionist was noticing a steady loss of motor control due to her age. She was having trouble using the computer mouse when scheduling appointments and flipping through pages in patients’ files. She was accommodated with a wireless head tracker to replace her normal computer mouse, and a page turner for easy page turning.

Here are some devices that relate to this topic with information from Oklahoma ABLE Tech:

Tracker Pro Wireless Head Tracker
Page Turner
3M Mouse
Finger free Scissors
Writing App: Dexteria VPP- Fine Motor Skill Development

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