Can I be a designer if I have Parkinson’s Disease or mobility impairments?

I know there is software (like SteadyMouse) and hardware (like big key keyboards, mouse adapters, mouse pedals, and so), that can make the use of a computer easier for people with Parkinson’s Disease or mobility impairments.

While developing / programming is achievable (it might not take the same time, but it’s possible top do it nonetheless), does the same happen with design?

I’m trying to think about design specializations that don’t require that much precision with the mouse. Can you think of creative ways of working for someone who enjoys design, but has limited motor abilities?


‘Design’ is a huge, broad concept and field of work. Since you’re asking on Graphic Design, let’s assume you’re primary focused on that world. But even that is still rather large.

As Scott points out, much of design is about thinking. Strategic brainstorming, ideation, that kind of thing. I imagine you could do a lot with a white board and markers, for example. Some particular areas where that is a typical process would be in the world of User Experience Design, where you’re more about designing an experience rather than a very specific visual element. There’s lot of sketching in that world, but not necessarily a requirement of fine-detail level work.

And there are even some areas at a detail level where you still may not need to deal with a mouse. For instance, a skilled UI designer can often do a majority of their work right in HTML, CSS and JS. So your design tool becomes a keyboard rather than a fine-tipped pen.

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