[Athen] Questions About Eye Control Device

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Wed Jul 24 13:02:12 PDT 2019

A few years ago, I saw a wonderful demonstration a quadriplegic gave using Dragon to control Excel. He was a power user of both Dragon and Excel, but after that, I never doubted you get out of Dragon what you put in to it!

If your student is unable to speak, be aware that there are multiple competing eye-control devices.

And if your student can handle any sort of switch control device, there are always sticky keys.

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Robert Spangler
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 12:56 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Questions About Eye Control Device

Hello, we have a student who is using an eye control device to interface with his computer. I am not quite clear whether it is an add-on device to his computer or if it actually is his computer. The URL to it is:

He has recently asked me if there is an alternative way to perform various tasks in Excel, such as selecting text. These functions involve holding down shift+ctrl. He is physically unable to do this and his device does not have a typical keyboard. I'm also not sure that he is able to use a mouse. The only other thing I can think of is if the options he needs are available on the ribbon - could he use his eyes to activate these controls?

Any ideas on operating Microsoft Excel with an eye control device would be appreciated.


Robert Spangler
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