Large Print Keyboards: Low Vision Aids
Large print keyboards make using the computer easier for low vision users. Here is a short overview of large print keyboard features and benefits.
Ease Vision Fatigue
Do you have trouble reading the keys on your computer keyboard? A large print keyboard may be the solution to your problem.
Large print keyboards make learning and using the computer easier than ever, especially if you have vision problems. They enable fast, accurate typing without the eye strain and fatigue associated with standard keyboards.
Low vision keyboards feature large, bold text and high contrast colors that make it easier to identify letters and symbols. Many of them have Braille markings that enable the blind to type.
Most large print keyboards are compatible with PC and MAC computers. They generally require no additional software, downloads or complicated installations. Some are ergonomically designed to reduce muscle strain as well as vision fatigue.
Typical Large Print Keyboard Features
Large print keyboards make learning, viewing and using the computer easier for people with vision problems. These keyboards offer numerous features and benefits:
- High Contrast Keys. Large print keyboards have high contrast keys. They usually feature black letters on a white or yellow background, although some are available with white letters on a black background.
- Highly Visible Keys. Large print keyboards have highly visible keys. The letters are printed in the largest size possible, typically in 32 point text.
- Very Readable Keys. Large print keyboards have very readable keys. Many of them use fonts approved by the American Printing House for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that provides products and services for people with visual impairments.
Who Do Large Print Keyboards Benefit?
Low vision keyboards offer numerous benefits to people who find it hard to use standard keyboards. They are most beneficial in assisted living communities, adult day care centers, special educational institutions, manufacturing facilities and the following environments:
- Senior Centers. Keyboards with large, bold type and contrasting colors allow seniors to learn, view and use their computers with ease.
- Schools. Large print keyboards give students with visual impairments or learning disabilities better access in computer labs and classrooms.
- Libraries. Large print keyboards give children, seniors and low vision users better access to public, common-use computers.
- Businesses. Low vision keyboards provide low cost accommodations for employees with vision problems.
- Homes. Large print keyboards enable anyone with eye strain or vision problems to use their home computers more easily.
Popular EZ See Keyboards
Large print keyboard / White keys with black letters.
Large print keyboard / Black keys with white letters.
Large print keyboartd / Yellow keys with black letters.
Large Print Stickers
Not ready to exchange your standard keyboard for a big print version? Consider large print keyboard stickers.
Large print stickers are available in strong contrast colors for high visibility. Use them to extend the life of an old, worn-out keyboard or update a keyboard with tiny letters and symbols.
Big print keyboard stickers are compatible with PC and MAC desktop, laptop, notebook and netbook keyboards. When the stickers become worn, replace them with new stickers or upgrade to a large print keyboard.
Keyboard Stickers: Large Print, High Contrast
Large print keyboard stickers / White background with black letters.
Large print keyboard stickers / Black background with white letters.
Large print keyboard stickers / Yellow background with black letters.
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- American Foundation for the Blind. (n.d.) "Creating Accessible Computer Applications." American Foundation for the Blind. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- American Printing House for the Blind. (n.d.) "Accessible Media Guidelines." American Printing House for the Blind. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- Keenan, John P. (September 26, 2009) "Eye Health and Low Vision." WebMD Medical Reference. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
The information presented in this article is not intended as health or medical advice, nor is it a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional.
© 2012 Annette R. Smith
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