Switch Access Resources

Use Switches to Access Communication Devices and Apps

Switch Accessible Apps List

Jane Farrall has amassed an amazing list of apps for tablets that are switch accessible. Click here


Switch Selection Guide from AbleNet

Ablenet has a guide to their switches, including information on switch type, activation type, mounting, etc…  Click here


Switches and the iPad

The iPad can also be accessed using switches. The device now allows for the use of row column scanning. To connect the iPad to a switch, you will need to use a Bluetooth switch interface. There are several available on the market at this time. These include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Blue2 Bluetooth Switch, by Ablenet
  • the Tecla Shield, by Tecla
  • Bluetooth Switch Interface (BSI), by RJ Cooper

These interfaces are paired to the iPad via Bluetooth. The switch is then plugged into the interface. At this time, it is not possible to do mouse emulation on the iPad. However, iOS 10 allows the user to design and implement switch “recipes” to perform different actions, such as turning the page of a book.

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Kathryn Helland

Kathryn is a certified speech-language pathologist and works with children and adults with complex communication needs. She has been with the TechOWL team since 2015 and is currently working on her doctorate. She would like to examine how to best support AAC users in higher education.

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