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3-01-2011 @ 5:41PM
I too have Cerebral Palsy, though it affects both my hands (my index fingers are the only ones that have any use, and sometimes my right thumb.) I can type fairly fast but doing so requires all of my attention, since I have to look at the keyboard. My left hand would generally press W, 1 and 2, while my right hand is used for the mouse (wheel with 2 side buttons.)For the longest time I would just press 1 with castsequence macros, but the advent of priority rotations and reactive procs such as Overpower and RS made that difficult. I wound up having to make large 3x3 grids in the center of the screen, as the article suggests, to click. Even that had its problems as I hold down right mouse and W to move, meaning that I couldn't click my abilities and move. My reaction time is so bad that I usually wind up standing in fire.The attitude of pugs these days and the importance of movement led to more than a few breakdowns over my usefulness compared to other players. I finally consulted the resident macro and UI wizard on one of the servers I play on. He helped me bind everything to my mouse in combination with castsequence macros, including using the wheel for abilities. I didn't want to at first, since it meant giving up my camera zoom, but it has made a world of difference. I can DPS simly by rolling my wheel back and forth now. It does have its kinks, but it's much better than where I was (and for healing, Healium is a miracle.)I never comment on articles, but this one motivated me to dig up my password. Thanks for the great article, WI :)
3-01-2011 @ 6:15PM
I like using the mousewheel for main abilities.For zooming, having a ctrl or shift modifier works.As far as being disabled, I like what mat said - if you have a fully functioning hand, going with a 15 button mouse is a good way to go.For the hearing impaired out there, that has been somewhat of an ongoing and increasing concern as raid awareness and coordination has significantly increased in warcraft. I don't know of any guilds that are specifically for the hearing impaired, but if I were unable to hear, that's what I would seek out. And if there are none, I've seen enough people out there that would be interested in a hearing-impaired type guild that I'm sure someone could make one and fill the roster easily.
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