Computer Access Equipment

Computer Access Equipment is for people who find using the standard keyboard and mouse difficult.

Computer Access Equipment can include:

  • Alternative keyboards: this could be large keys, guarded keyboards, on screen keyboards etc.
  • Alternative mice: joystick mice, roller ball, foot controlled mice, head operated mice, eye gaze etc.
  • Voice operation: software to enable control of the computer using the voice
  • Dedicated software: software that changes the control of the computer e.g. emulating mouse clicks.

The NHS will not fund the provision of a computer, only the equipment to access it.

The Electronic Assistive Technology Service will ensure the user is shown how to use the equipment; it is not possible for us to train the user on how to use a computer. The criteria states that the user must be able to use a computer or have local support to help them learn.