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SWITCHES

Switches provide alternative access for those with limited mobility. They are used to control devices that help perform many aspects of daily living, from opening doors to changing channels on a television or answering the phone.

Note: Most switches plug into an 1/8-inch port. However, in medical facilities like Craig Hospital, call light jacks/ports are traditionally 1/4-inch. If you need an adaptor, click here for more information.

The following are some of our most popular switches:

Big Red Switch: Features a five-inch activation surface. Comes in a variety of colors.

Buddy Button Switch: Requires only 3.5 ounces of force to activate its 2.5-inch surface.

Clarity AS100 Air Switch: Originally designed to operate a telephone; can be adapted for a variety of switch-operated devices. Note: This is a sensitive switch that does not need to be in the user’s mouth.

Glassouse Puff Switch

Grasp Switch: This tube-shaped device activates with a squeeze or a pinch. You must be able to release your grip within two seconds for it to operate properly.

Honeybee Proximity Switch

Hook+ Switch Interface: Provides a reliable wired connection to your iPad or iPhone via the lightning connector. Hook+ is compatible with Switch Control found in iOS 8 or later. Allows you to connect up to four switches.

J-Pad Bluetooth Joystick for iPad

Little Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch: Activates when you wave a hand or move your body within 1/2-inch of the switch. Visual and auditory cues let you know when the unit is triggered. Internal magnet is helpful for mounting.

Micro Light Switch: Requires just 1/4th-oz. pressure. Comes with four brightly colored stickers.

New Blue2 Switchconnects to your device through Bluetooth, provides single or dual-switch access to iDevices running iOS 7, Apple desktop or laptop computers running OS X Mavericks and all switch accessible apps or software on iOS, OS X, Windows, Google Chrome and Android. Watch a brief video about the product.

Plate Switch: Thin switch activated by a light touch. Includes five brightly colored stickers.

Powerlink 4 Control Unit: Allows you to control up to two electrical appliances with single switches. You can also modify how long appliances will be turned on.

Specs Switch: Small enough to be worn, this 1 3/8th-inch switch is most often used as a mounted switch. 24-inch strap included.

Trigger Switch: This rugged 1/2-inch x 1/2-inch unit provides auditory and tactile feedback when pressed.

Ultimate Switch: Used as a head switch or for any part of the body; comes with a 19-inch gooseneck and universal clamp and can be attached to a bed, table top or wheelchair. Requires only the slightest touch, yet can withstand the abuse of gross body movements.

Ultra Light HD 1 Switch: Smaller than your thumb, this switch requires little pressure and provides tactile and audible feedback.

WarFighter Solo Switch: Inexpensive, compact 30mm unit can be mounted using the threaded hole on the back.


COLORADO-BASED RESOURCES

BeyondSight.com: Colorado company that enhances the independence of those with vision impairments through adaptive technology.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

AbleData: Doesn't sell products but provides objective information and links to many brands of assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment.

AbleNet Inc.: Markets more than 800 technology products and curriculum solutions for professionals who serve those with disabilities, as well as the end-users themselves.

Broadened Horizons: Focuses on equipment for individuals with limited or no use of their hands and arms. Their products focus on independent living, recreation, travel and environmental control.

Enabling Devices: Has been creating innovative communicators, toys and switches for individuals with disabilities for more than 35 years.

Marblesoft: Specializes in special education equipment and software. They offer a variety of switch options and other assistive technologies.

R.J. Cooper: Develops hardware and software products for those with special needs. The company’s goal is to provide “personalized solutions for challenging situations.”