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Switches Go Back

  A switch is used to turn things on and off (turn on/off an electrical signal). Switches can be turned on and off by a range of body movements. Switches are often activated by the hand or arm, but can be used with any other body part once the user can control the movement.
  There are many different types of switches, they are available in all shapes and sizes, for example sensitive, large button, small button, sip/puff, and foot switches.
  Using the right switch, activities can be made easier. Using a variety of interfaces, switches can be connected to a range of equipment or technology to provide users opportunities to learn, participate, communicate and have control in their environment (devices like a radio, toy and computer software).
 

Toys

Switches can be used to help users to interact with and control their toys. By connecting an adapter and an appropriate switch to a simple battery-operated toy provides a way for a user to independently make the toy work.

 

Communication Devices

Some devices are a single switch device with recorded messages, other devices use more than one switch. Some users use a switch to use an Alternative Communication Device if they are unable to access the device directly.

 

Computer Access

Users who cannot use the keyboard, mouse or touch screen can interact with a computer/tablet by using a switch. A switch interface is needed to connect the switch to the computer.

 

Educational and Leisure Activities

Switches can be used to enable users to actively participate in activities, for example, a switch operated bingo game.

 

Environmental Control

When used with an Environmental Control unit switches can provide access to appliances in the home.

 

Switch Mounts

Often the switch will need to be mounted onto a table top or wheelchair frame for the user to be able to easily access and use it.

 

 

 
 
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