AHF's REACH Interface Author
The REACH Interface Author is produced by Applied Human Factors. It is the
premier on-screen keyboard software available and comes with a vast assortment of
assistive technology tools, including "dwell" capability that permits a Tracer
user who cannot click any buttons to perform all button functions - by 'hovering'
over something long enough, you can accomplish all the button functions (e.g.
left click, right click, drag, double click). REACH runs in Microsoft 95 and
Windows 98. Below is a picture of the QWERTY keyboard (one of more than 100
keyboards that come with REACH).
Seven years of development and testing including nine formal user tests involving
adults, adolescents, and children were conducted to ensure that this product
helps maximize the abilities of a variety of users. It started as a simple
on-screen keyboard (like those now commonly available) and based on extensive
input from users, has grown into an elaborate assistive technology toolkit. It
comes with word/sentence completion, speech augmentation, scanning keyboard
options, automatic "windows management" (that automatically resize, reposition,
and bring windows to the top when you need them), a multimedia keyboard authoring
system, 100+ built-in keyboards, 10 built-in assessment tools, -- and much, much
more! REACH Interface Author 2.5 is only $239.
For a full list of features and
keyboards, visit Applied Human Factors' website at