Joyland has worked to make our website easy to use and accessible for everyone. We have tried to include additional features, information and references where available, that could help adapt it to your specific needs.
There are a variety of ways a computer can be adjusted and tweaked to make it more user friendly. We have come up with some basic information that might help you to learn about some of the options available. Since there are so many different versions of operating systems available, unfortunately we are not able to include specific instructions for each system. By searching the internet, you will find the information necessary for your specific hardware/software. These are offered only as possible resources available.
I CAN'T SEE VERY WELL
- Change the size of text or background colors.
Certain text and background color combinations can be very difficult to read. Some people prefer a specific color combination that works well for them, or perhaps simply black text on a white background. These changes would be available in the settings of the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) or in your web browser.
- Change the font size.
Certain text styles or fonts can be difficult to read for some people. Often a serif style such as Times New Roman, or a thin narrow text like Helvetica narrow can be extremely difficult to read. A sans-serif style can be much easier to read. The default font can usually be changed in the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) or in the web browser, which will make it easier to surf the internet.
- Magnify or zoom your screen.
If increasing the text size on the operating system or web browser isn't sufficient, the next step would be to magnify the screen. Often this can be done with key strokes that will allow you to zoom in and out very easily. If you would like to permanently magnify the screen check the settings in the operating system or web browser.
- Adjusting the size and color of your mouse to make it easier to see.
Changing the color and size of the mouse can make it much easier to see and follow the mouse. Often this is done in the operating system settings. Some computer systems have the option to add trails to make the mouse or cursor even more visible, or highlight its location on the screen when a certain key is pressed.
- Change the size of text or background colors.
I CAN'T HEAR VERY WELL
There are extensions that can be added to web browsers that will read the website (for example Chrome has an extension called ChromeVox that can easily be added to the browser). These extensions will read the text as well as each picture description in a website.
I FIND A KEYBOARD OR MOUSE HARD TO USE
Change the keyboard settings on your computer to control the pace or speed of repeated keystrokes and avoid accidental keystrokes.
- Use the keyboard with one hand by changing the settings in the operating system so using multiple keys at the same time is not required.
- Turn on and customize the on-screen keyboard. This will activate the computer's operating system to use a virtual keyboard. This way you can use a mouse, switch, or other device instead of a physical keyboard.
- Get a list of the most common keyboard shortcuts.
Make your mouse easier to use.
- Make your mouse left-handed by changing the settings in your operating system to reverse the functions.
- Slow the speed of your mouse in the operating system so the mouse will move slower and be easier to follow.
- Slow down the double-click speed on the mouse. The settings in the operating system should allow the time between clicks of the mouse button to be increased or decreased, depending on your preferences.
Alternatives to keyboard and mouse.
For people who are unable to operate a physical mouse or keyboard, there are other options available. Some choices might be voice recognition software, using an on-screen keyboard, a head-mouse, touch screen, and switch output. There is also software for people who are able to move a mouse or other pointing device, but have difficulty with the clicking, and alternatives to onscreen keyboard entry.
Using voice recognition.
If you have difficulty or discomfort when using a keyboard, or are just a slow typist, there is software available that will allow you to enter text and have the ability to interact with your computer using voice. Some people who struggle with words, as in conditions such as dyslexia, can also find voice recognition software very helpful. Most operating systems have a voice recognition software included.
Use your keyboard to control the mouse.
If you find a standard mouse to be difficult to use, choosing an alternative input device may help. If you prefer, using keys on the keyboard can control the mouse function. There are guides available in the operating systems to explain how to customize the operating system to enable you to control the mouse pointer by using the number pad on your computer (often referred to as Mouse Keys).
I AM BLIND
Make your computer speak text aloud.
There are a number of ways to make your computer talk, which can be invaluable for people who have difficulty reading, or someone who can't see very well or at all. Check your operating system for guides explaining how to use the built-in speech function. There is also third party software applications for screen-readers and text-to-speech option as well as speach-to-text options.
The information provided on this page is simply resource information and is not intended to provide specific instructions.