Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as, any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
Switches fall under this category which allows people with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy to manipulate their environment by controlling various types of adaptive and assistive switches used for environmental control and communication devices.
The following are resources for assistive technology switches:
Ablenet- Helps people with disabilities through the creation of assistive technology. Ablenet provides switches for both children and adults.
Adaptive Tech Solutions– A therapist-owned and operated company which provides adaptive equipment for individuals with disabilities
eSpecial Needs– Provides adaptive switches to children and adults with physical disabilities which allows them to manipulate their environment.
Enabling Devices– Creates customized one-of-a-kind assistive technology devices for communication, education and playing.
Rehabmart– sells inclusive learning devices which help children with impairments including augmentative communication and adaptive toys
Assistive Technology Websites
Glenda Assistive Technology Information and More– A website containing information on various types of assistive technology including visual supports, AAC, switches and tablets
Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs- Created by Kate Ahern, an assistive technology specialist. This website serves as a resource for teachers or learners with severe, profound, or multiple special needs. There is a great article on 60 things to do with a single switch
Assistiveware- How to Support a Student Who Uses a Switch Device
Breezy Special Ed- How to use your iPAD as a switch device
Perkins School for the Blind: Favorite Cause and Affect Switch Apps
Understood- Checklist: What to consider when looking at assistive technology
For more ideas and resources, visit my Pinterest Site: Assistive Technology