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Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by manyroads » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:40 am

My 90 year old dad is having troubles getting in and out of his various browser based, password protected accounts. I have his browser setup using LastPass (to help him with remembering usernames/ passwords etc.).

He, as you might guess, has vision problems (who doesn't??) and dexterity challenges. When he tries to log into his accounts, he frequently gets extra windows opened. This happens when he 'stutters' with his mouse, clicks the 'wrong' button, etc. When that happens, he can't find the 'spare windows'. He often doesn't even know they are open and hidden somewhere on his desktop.

What I'm looking for are ideas of what might help him out. All suggestions are welcomed. :hug:
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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by MAYBL8 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:17 am

One thing that might help is an extra monitor.
When other windows open up they might open up on the second monitor.
It might also further complicate things but it might help.

Maybe adjust his clicking timing on the mouse so he doesn't tend to double click as often.

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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by KBD » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:34 am

I got my mom a 10" tablet with a detachable keyboard. She seems to do well with that. She also has an Amazon Alexa device to get information about the weather and such.
What does your dad primarily use the computer for?

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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by manyroads » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:44 am

Thank you @maybl8 & @kbd. I have him set with a MXlinux server and a 42" screen. Still he wants to use his laptop. I like the idea of adjusting mouse-clicks. I also like the idea of Alexa... but I think his neighbors might not be so thrilled. He's a little hard of hearing, even with his hearing aids in. ;)
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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by Eadwine Rose » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:50 am

*chuckle* As a fellow almost deaf person my neighbors are quite happy. But then again... I don't yell. I just don't hear their loud taste in music, hence I never complain. I just feel my stuff around me humming to whatever beat is playing :laugh:
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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by skidoo » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:20 pm

sudo apt install vmg
it's a "virtual magnifying glass" utility, sits in tray, can be assigned to a hotkey, and has assorted configuration options

Also, refer back to our (you+me+others) "cursors" topic a few month ago
Bibata Mouse Cursor theme (Easy to see)
a larger and/or animated cursor can greatly improve usability

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Post by Utopia » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:48 pm

Only thing that helped my parents was changing the resolution of the screen. Gigantic buttons and very large icons.
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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by Stevo » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:10 pm

If you use the XFCE compositor, there's a built-in screen magnifier option that's <Alt>+<Scroll Wheel>.

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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by manyroads » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:45 am

@skidoo @Utopia @Stevo...Thank you! I have tried all your suggestions. He did not like VMG although he does like using a real magnifying glass. I do have him with a 42" huge screen (in his office), but he wants to use his laptop because it's in the kitchen, and he's not thrilled with me putting a 42" monitor on the kitchen wall. I will add bibata (I like using that one as well.) ;)
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Re: Accessibility Help/ Ideas?

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Post by JayM » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:25 am

What size is the screen on his laptop and what's its resolution? Also, what's the cause of his vision impairment? Cataracts? If so he should get them removed. It's an outpatient surgery: in the hospital at 0-dark-hundred hours AM and home by lunchtime. If he's already had cataract surgery and they've come back, that's even easier to fix: a YAG laser treatment that can be done quickly and painlessly in his opthamologist's office.
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