Introduction to 7 common Adaptive Switches

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A person in a wheelchair using the Tecla Sip-and-Puff to activate the mounted iPhone.

An adaptive switch enables a person who is physically challenged to activate assistive technology devices in their environment. There are a variety of assistive switches that provide solutions to perform every day communication, tasks and activities. Tecla describes 7 common adaptive switches/input devices that provide independence for individuals with physical disabilities.

  1. Joystick
  2. Buddy Button
  3. Chin Switch
  4. Micro Light Switch
  5. Pillow Switch
  6. Self Calibrating Auditory Tone Infrared (SCATIR Switch)
  7. Sip-and-Puff Switch

For details and videos about these switches, go to Tecla's website.

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