Low profile switch requires minimal force to activate and angles towards the user to allow activating without lifting their hand - making it very easy for those with limited movement to press. Operates over the whole switch area (lowest operating point of the switch is only 0.4" above the switch base). Provides auditory and tactile feedback. Easily mounted with recessed holes for added convenience.
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.
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