When it was first introduced, the Prentke Romich HeadMaster allowed a person with good head control to access a Macintosh computer. The hardware and software combination allowed the user with a disability to type, to pull down menus, and to print, but only on the Macintosh. The HeadMaster itself provided an excellent replacement for the mouse. The keyboard software, however, could be difficult to use and would not work with some programs.
In the past 2 years, new hardware and software options have made the HeadMaster a much more valuable tool for the general computer user with a disability. This article discusses these options and their strengths and weaknesses. This information may assist the therapist prescribing alternative access equipment in making appropriate hardware and software choices.