The term Upper Limb Disorder (formerly known as RSI) is an umbrella term used to describe a number of specific musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome or tenosynovitis) as well as 'diffuse RSI', which is more difficult to define but which recent research attributes to nerve damage. These conditions are often occupational in origin. Lack of adequate diagnosis or access to appropriate treatment can exacerbate the condition and so help should be sought as soon as possible.
Staff experiencing difficulties relating to ULDs should, in the first instance, contact the Occupational Health Service. Students should contact the Disability Resource Centre for assistance. Further information on ULDs can be found here.
Help available from the UCS
Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice input software can be a useful tool for ULD sufferers. It uses voice dictation and commands to create documents, emails, browse the internet and navigate around a PC. The Assistive Technology Team can provide one-to-one training for Dragon NaturallySpeaking and the software can be purchased from UCS Software Sales.
The AT team also have a wide variety of ergonomic input devices, to assist with ULD issues, that staff and students can access for evaluation purposes. Equipment available for evaluation includes joysticks, ergonomic mice and assistive keyboards. To arrange a demonstration session please contact Assistive Technology Support.