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What is a switch

A switch lets you do incredible things in a simple way. With a switch you can activate and control computers, iPads, toys, participation tools, communication devices, appliances… virtually anything, to learn, communicate, interact with the environment. 

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The Mighty Switch 

Connect with the world and make learning real – an introduction to the underrated power of the mighty switch! 

Click to Connect: Interfacing Switches with Computers, Appliances and more 

Controlling PC’s, Chromebooks, iPads, toys, even plug-in appliances with a switch is a lot easier than you think. See how a switch interface can maximize the power of switches. 

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Wobble

Wireless Blue2

Buddy Button

Look for three essential parts to pretty much any switch.

Activation Area:  this is what triggers the signal of a switch:  a button that can take a solid whack from a fist or foot, or a pad that just need to be touched or, in the case of proximity switches, approached.  This is where the user creates an input that will make something happen.
 
Base:  For easier, reliable activation for the user, consider mounting your switch.  A solid base is where the switch is attached to a mount.

Output:  Can be wired or wireless.  But somehow the signal created by the activation area needs to get to a device, whether that's a communication aid, a computer, a blender...  whatever. 

Switch Chart

A variety of common switches for quick comparison of specifications, features and functions.

Learning Area

An effective mounting solution is: 

Anchored

it stays in the place and position. Here it’s good to think about not just the user and where the device is used – table, walker, chair, counter etc. – but the environment.   

  • high traffic area,
  • how’s the area used 
  • will the mount be moved to other spaces and areas 

Angled

A simple adjustment of the angle of the device can change the kind of movement the user needs to activate the device. For example to activate something flat is an up-down movement, but angling upright, perpendicular to the ground might be more of a forward movement and may also mean the target is easier for the user to see.  

Convenient

Whether head, hand, foot or any other way they’re activating the device, the mount should minimize effort for the user. For some users that means up close. For others – because of how the user moves or the specific activity – it could be farther away. 

Elevated

At an appropriate height.  

What are switches used for

Switch is like having a key without the lock it's supposed to open. Most switches have no use on their own unless they’re connected to something.

Computers, Chromebook, iPads 

Control apps wired or wirelessly.

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Toys/Participation Tools 

For science, math, literacy and just plain fun.

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Appliances 

Activate radios, blenders, watering tools and more with a Powerlink.

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Sensory 

Control and even customize sensory spaces.

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