Clear, practical advice on daily living equipment
Mandy lives with her husband in a semi-detached house. They manage independently with daily activities although Mandy is finding it harder to read small print/text.
Mandy likes to send and receive emails from her grandchildren and a friend who lives in France. She prefers to use a laptop as it is more compact than a desktop and she can put it away when not in use. Mandy has difficulty with her sight. She has been shown how to enlarge items on the screen but has difficulty seeing the letters on the keyboard and cursor on the screen. She knows she can plug an extra keyboard into her laptop but wonders if any are available which she may find easier to use.
Mandy looked through the computer use section of Living made easy and completed the Using your computer section on AskSARA (our free online guided advice tool) and short listed two possibly types of computer keyboard:Mandy thought that with both larger print on a keyboard and high contrast keys with black letters on a yellow background she would find it a lot easier to see the keys.
Mandy's choice and the outcomeMandy tried a standard key size large print high contrast keyboard in her local Independent living centre. She found it easy to use and so decided to buy one and not one of the larger big button keyboards. She bought one from a supplier listed on this site.
Mandy got on well with her large print high contrast keyboard and her enlarged cursor and continued emailing, and now messaging, her friends and grandchildren.