Dexterity conditions may include Quadriplegia, Paraplegia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, arthritis, sciatica, amputations or degenerative disc disease.  Limitations affecting mobility could include decreased range of motion in the arms, fingers, wrists, back or neck, and decreased muscle control, spasms, paralysis, tingling or numbness.

The categories listed below include products that can assist individuals with any number of limitations resulting from dexterity conditions.  Because there are so many potential solutions for dexterity limitations, CAP cannot list all possible accommodations.  The products listed below present a variety of unique features to accommodate an array of limitations and are most often certified for use on federal agencies’ networks.

These assistve technologies are designed to allow an individual to create an ergonomic workstation suited specifically for them.  For more information on this, please click here to view our Workplace Ergonomics Reference Guide.

AT Demonstration Video - Ergonomics
Learn about how an ergonomically correct work environment can help employees with limitations.

Accommodation Services (1)

If an individual does not know which solutions will meet their needs, a needs assessment may help determine what items will assist in performing the essential job functions.

Alternative Keyboards (15)

Alternative keyboards are used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from accomplishing essential job tasks.  They accomplish this by allowing and individual to adjust the tilt, angle, height and support of the keyboard they must use to perform computer related duties.

AT Demonstration Video - Alternative Keyboards
Improving ergonomics for people with dexterity limitations and upper extremity amputation, specifically looking at alternative keyboards and related accessories.

Alternative Pointing Devices (16)

Numerous alternative pointing devices are available for use by persons who cannot use a standard mouse. Trackballs, ergonomically designed mice, and touch-pads are substitute pointing devices that require less motion on the user's part and better positioning with respect to the keyboard. Also, the alternative pointing devices may be built into the keyboard.

Document Holder (5)

Document holders are used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from accomplishing essential job tasks.  They accomplish this by allowing an individual to position hard copy documents in the optimal position based on their limitations and workstation setup.

Headsets/Microphones (3)

Headsets and Microphones designed to allow a user to dictate commands to their computer through voice recognition software.  Many headsets and microphones offer noise-cancellation, which will help increase the accuracy of the voice recognition software.

Keyboard Trays (8)

Position keyboards and pointing devices at ergonomically correct level. Keyboard trays allow the user to adjust the height and lateral position of their keyboard to reduce RSIs caused by keyboard typing.

Lumbar Support (7)

Lumbar Support devices are used to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from accomplishing essential job tasks.  They accomplish this by allowing an individual to insert various levels of support in various locations on their back or pelvic area, based on their limitations, while working from a seated position.

Monitor Risers and Arms (5)

Offer a simple solution to monitor height, adjustability, flexibility and stability. Monitor risers position your monitor to reduce eye strain, neck and back fatigue, and headaches.

Personal Assistant Service (1)

CAP provides reimbursable Military Interagency Purchase Requests (MIPR) to DoD Agencies for expenses incurred by a Personal Assistant while traveling with and providing care for a DoD employee. This allows the DoD employee to take full advantage of training opportunities that have a direct impact on their job.

Sit-to-Stand Equipment (12)

Sit-to-Stand Equipment can be provided to DoD employees only to assist individuals who have dexterity limitations that prevent them from accomplishing essential job tasks.  This equipment sits on, or attaches to, an existing desk and allows the height of the monitor(s), keyboard and mouse to adjust enough so the individual can perform computer related work from a seated or standing position.

Speech Recognition (4)

Speech recognition software assists people with more severe dexterity disabilities (cerebral palsy, prosthesis, polio, quadriplegia, severe carpal tunnel, etc.), by allowing users to speak words rather than type.  The user can also use voice commands in place of a mouse or other pointing device.

AT Demonstration Video - Speech Recognition Software
Learn how speech recognition software can assist individuals with dexterity and cognitive limitations.

Telephone Headsets and Handsets (8)

These come in a variety of styles and functionality and can help you move freely while on the phone. It is best to check which headset will assist you before requesting a certain type. The best headset will help reduce neck strain and make it easier to work while talking on the phone.

Voice Amplifiers (3)

Enable users to amplify their voices so others can understand their speech. Voice amplifiers are designed in a variety of formats to fit different needs.

Voice Recorders (2)

Voice Recorders are devices that use a microphone to record audio information and save it in a digital format.  They can sort audio files into folders, play back information and download the information on a computer.