Adapted, or alternative, keyboards allow students with disabilities to gain computer access. Computer aids, such as adapted keyboards are designed to help individuals gain control and greater ease of using a computer. Adapted keyboards come in various sizes and colors allowing all students to participate in classroom activities through using a computer. This form of technology benefits students who have poor fine motor control, physical disabilities and have little to no use of their arms, wrists, or hands and/or have low vision.
Companies and websites such as www.especialneeds.com offer adapted keyboards and additional assistive technology devices to schools and parents of students with special needs, as well as to individuals seeking technology for themselves.