Large-print keyboard: What tools can help my father see the computer keyboard more easily?

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What tools can help my father see the computer keyboard more easily?

Question

My Dad and I communicate regularly over email; however, as his vision gets worse, I’ve noticed that he is not communicating with me as often as he used to – I am sure this is because he can no longer see the keyboard. Can you recommend a place where I can find and purchase a large-print keyboard?

Our answer

There are many technologies in the marketplace for individuals with vision loss. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) actually has a catalogue of devices that includes several tools for seeing the keyboard more easily. Below direct links to examples of such products: Keys-U-See Wireless with Mouse

  • The Large Print Keyboard  by AbleNet (at CNIB Smartlife Online Store) can be bought online in two different colours. This device features 41-point typeface on the keys, as well as 12 “hot-keys” for easy access to email and other functions. The price of the Large Print Keyboard ranges from about $30 to $50 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee. Similar large-print keyboards can also be bought at other online retailers, including Staples Canada and amazon.ca.
  • Large Print Keyboard Labels by Reizen inc. (at CNIB Smartlife Online Store) stick directly onto your existing keyboard like stickers. These labels typically cost about $25 to $50 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee.
  • Large Print Braille Keyboard Labels by Reizen Inc. (at CNIB Smartlife Online Store) include braille and are also available from other online retailers, including amazon.ca. The large-print braille labels are typically cost about $45 to $80 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee.

It may also be worth ensuring that your dad is able to see his computer screen clearly. For information on how to increase display size for Windows (PC) and Mac (Apple) computers, as well as for various web browsers (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.), read this article by Lifewire on How to Change Font Size

Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support. 

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