I have a relative suffering with this condition. They are often unable to enunciate words and their hands and arms shake during more extreme episodes.

I remember reading about software such as Dasher, which is available for Ubuntu. Are there any other applications that Ask Ubuntu members have found useful for sufferers of Parkinson's disease? The goal would be to help them communicate.

Edit: The goal is to help them communicate with people around them rather than help them do tasks on the computer.

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    A couple on this page, but you have to check them out. alternativeto.net/software/dasher
    – crip659
    Jul 9, 2019 at 0:42
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    Start out with the community help page on Accessibility. The best set ups I have seen are tailored to the individual's abilities - usually a combination of shortcuts and different input devices - some people are better with trackballs - touch pad etc and there are some input devices out there that are made specifically for people with dexterity difficulties
    – Nmath
    Jul 9, 2019 at 2:12
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    Not specific to any particular disability, but AutoKey can provide desktop automation so that a particular phrase or hotkey can trigger arbitrarily complex desktop activities including keypresses and mouse movements with clicks. Once tailored to an individual's needs, this could greatly reduce the need for user input for common tasks. github.com/autokey/autokey
    – Joe
    Jul 11, 2019 at 0:49
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    Thanks for the suggestions folks. I'll update my question to mention that I'm not looking to help them do comuter tasks, but to communicate with people around them. Maybe Dasher + text-to-speech can provide a solution. Jul 12, 2019 at 1:18
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    @Rinzwind if I find anything suitable, yes absolutely. But as I say, applications that make computing tasks more accesible are not what I'm looking for. Something to help someone say "yes", "no", things like that, are what I need. Jul 13, 2019 at 17:06

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Enable Viacam (eViacam) is a mouse replacement software that moves the pointer as you move your head.

  • Support: MS Windows, GNU/Linux

  • License: GNU/GPL3

  • Package: Already in repository, install with

    sudo apt-get install eviacam

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