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Making Computer Use Easier for Elders

By Jane Vincent, Center for Accessible Technology

  • Adjust text size
  • Adjust color contrast
  • Introduce use of keyboard shortcuts
  • Use large-print keyboards with white text on a black background
  • Provide good lighting in the computer environment
  • Use “puffy paint” to make keys easier to locate
  • Provide a way to anchor keyboards
  • Offer trackballs as an alternative to standard mice
  • Design websites with elders in mind
  • Don’t make assumptions about user capabilities
  • 1. Adjust text size.

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