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I want to get my sister a tablet

Isla30
Isla30 Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited January 2021 in Cerebral palsy
My sister is 72 with cerebral Palsy. Her hands are badly clawed but she can use one finger to select items on a keyboard. Cannot manipulate  a mouse. I want to get her a tablet with a large letter keyboard and another kind of mouse. She just likes to use for games, quizes, reading a book. Any ideas would be most welcome. She is depressed and missing visitors.

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,427 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    I would think a tablet would suit her better but the keyboards are not always that big 

    With some you can buy a seperate keyboard to attach 

    Another workaround could be downloading a voice assisted app but I'm not sure how these work 

    May be worth you doing some research into different devices 

    I will tag in our CP expert who may have some ideas 
    @Richard_Scope can you help 

    We also have a CP meeting on mondays which is virtual cafe meeting which she may enjoy to chat and meet others 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 7,487 Scope online community team
    Hi @Isla30 and welcome to the community, I hope you're well.

    It's lovely to hear that you are so willing to help your sister out, hopefully we can recommend something good for you. 

    When you say you are after a tablet, do you mean like an Android or iPad tablet, or a laptop that can be folded into a tablet? 

    Out of the three options above, Android tablets are always a good option because the on-screen keyboards are fairly customisable in terms of size and colour, and you can always buy a physical one to plug into it. You can also get mice for these too, though I'm not sure what kind of mouse you are after?
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  • Isla30
    Isla30 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks so much for your reoly. I would like to get an Android and buy a separate large key keyboard not sure how it would connect to tablet probably bluetooth as no usb port on my Samsung tablet.
    My sister has used a laptop but her hands are too bad to manipulate a mouse and too shaky for the mousepad.
    I can set it up for her but just need to get Pauline access.I am sure there is an answer. 
    Thanks
    Ann

  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,427 Disability Gamechanger
    You can get keyboard to fit ipad 

    I found some others when I looked cant remember which di a search online tablets with keyboard 
  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 6,488 Disability Gamechanger
    I use an iPad and I find the screen keyboard is plenty large enough.
    you can also use a separate keyboard but I find the screen one most useful. ?

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  • Isla30
    Isla30 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you will check them out.

  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 6,488 Disability Gamechanger
    Keyboard do use wireless Bluetooth connection.

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  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,176 Scope online community team
    Hi @Isla30
    As @leeCal has said most keyboards use wireless or Bluetooth connection. Here is an interesting comparison page between Android and Apple. It also includes information about specialised keyboards.
    iPad or Android - which is the best choice for disabled people? - Better Living Through Technology (bltt.org)
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  • Isla30
    Isla30 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks that is great will read this, it is the sort of informatiom I was looking for.
    Ann
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 7,487 Scope online community team
    Isla30 said:
    Thanks that is great will read this, it is the sort of informatiom I was looking for.
    Ann
    You are welcome :) 
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