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3-01-2011 @ 4:14PM
As a WoW player with multiple sclerosis, this article was a very pleasant surprise to find on WoW Insider. I think the article did a good job at covering various issues that come from various disabilities, motor and otherwise. I still think it is important to note that there is no standard definition for being disabled. Even within more narrow definitions like motor disability, there is a wide degree of variance. For example, I actually find it much more difficult to use a gaming mouse over a standard two-button mouse. My hands suffer from shakes and spasms, which would always cause me to click buttons inadvertently, leading me to end up disabling the majority of the extra buttons on a gaming mouse. I do express my sincere thanks for writing this article, when everyone plays a game behind an avatar, it is easy for people to forget the challenges some have to overcome to even be able to play a computer game.
3-01-2011 @ 4:37PM
I have issues with my motor control as well and have the problem of inadvertly pressing buttons when not intending.However I spent a lot of time testing various mice designs in shops before findiing one that find my specific need. I don't inadvertly hit the mouse wheel so I got one that acts on mouse press, tilt right, titlt left, scroll up and scroll down. For healing this allowed myself more keybinds that I had more control over.My other design feature I was looking for was a side buttom for the thumb that was aligned for a thumb roll up and down instead of front to back. The thumb front to back roll motion for my thumb on the side of the mouse ends up with both buttons being pressed.Gaming mice are very popular and have a lot of features and designs that will help a lot of people with varying abilities. However, don't box yourself into the gaming mice aisle or websites.My perfect mouse design was in the back of Best buy near the laptop accessories and I have yet found a mouse with both these design features. I hope my mouse never breaks!So keep looking and trying to find what works best as there are a lot of options out there.
3-01-2011 @ 6:30PM
"I still think it is important to note that there is no standard definition for being disabled."I agree entirely with this statement and urge people to have a good think about what it really means.I for one don't have a disability, but I do have Dyslexia. Now many people think that Dyslexia is only about a persons ability to read and write, but actually it's quite a strange and subtle one. It is essentially an "error" in the wiring of the brain which makes Dyslexics think and process information in a different way to usual.You may have heard descriptions of how a dyslexic person sees a page of words, with all of the letters floating about the place and the spaces between the letters flashing like blinking lights... well now imagine what it's like when you're trying to drive and the cars on the road seem to be moving side to side and floating slightly off the road.I want to stress that not every person with Dyslexia has this issue. Different people with the condition will have very different experiences! But in my own case I'll never be able to drive simply because it's too darn dangerous. And of course translated into WoW it means missing a lot of mobs, and losing where things are. But is this really a disability? No. At most it's a mild annoyance. People with true disability's have a lot more to cope with, and in many varied different ways. If you can imagine it, it's out there!As a final random aside, the UK Equality Act 2010 defines disability as follows:"A person has a disability for the purposes of the Act if he or she has a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities"Food for thought!
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