Access switch for emulating alternative mouse buttons, scanning AAC devices, accessing environmental control systems, interacting with simple toys, or controlling any other device that can be navigated with a switch.
Can be activated anywhere on the surface and requires only light pressure. Made with durable, high-impact plastic to withstand heavy use. Includes gripping, high-tack friction pad base to prevent sliding. Threaded inserts on bottom for easy mounting and positioning.
Capability switches are a core feature of access technology. They allow people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to interact with technology. The proper switch opens up worlds of access communication devices, environmental controls, computer software, and mobile devices.
Switches come in different sizes and shapes. To choose the switch that works best for a particular circumstance, there are some important factors to consider.
Action What actions can the person reliably perform? What action or body part can the person use – hand, head, eyes, mouth? Activating the switch should not cause undue fatigue, discomfort or pain, or compromise muscle tone. Many switches have the activation surface on the top, but others allow activation on other surface areas. There are switches that can be activated by different body parts or actions.
Targeting Can the person hit a small target or do they need a larger one? Can they hit the top of a switch or other area? Activating the switch should not cause undue fatigue, discomfort or pain, or compromise muscle tone.Many switches have the activation surface on the top, but others allow activation on more surface area.
Amount of Force How much pressure can the person consistently exert to activate the switch? Can they press on it or just touch it? There are switches that can be activated with a light touch or by proximity.
Perception Does the person have perceptual difficulties? Do they need feedback from the switch (auditory, tactile, visual)? Most switches provide tactile and auditory feedback.
Device What type of device does the person want to use the switch with? Some switches are designed to work with a specific item - such as a Bluetooth switch for an iPad.
Orby Switch is activated by pressing the 2.5" top of the switch and requires 3.5 ounces of pressure to activate. It provides auditory and tactile feedback.
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