Monday, December 12, 2011

APP Attack! Switch Accessible Apps

Today's App Attack come from Clair Judas, Special Education Technology Specialist, Assistive Technology Team, Area Education Agency 267 in Cedar Falls Iowa.

Clair compiled a list of switch accessible apps for the iOS devices. While not meant to be all inclusive - this is a great starting point for apps that allow for alternative access.

Apps with switch access…

  • SoundingBoard: AbleNet: ; (iPhone/iPod/iPad) Access devices: AbleNet Blue2
  • Predictable: TherapyBox ; (iPhone/iPod/iPad) Access devices: RJ Cooper iPad or Therapy Box
  • Scene & Heard: TherapyBox < > (iPhone/iPod/iPad) Access devices:

Thanks Clair for this list! If you would like to contact Clair, his email is

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  1. thanks for sharing. we have most of these on our assessment ipads but it's good to have the list in one place like this. looks like RJ/Therapybox bluetooth interface is the winner in terms of versatility.

  2. Does anyone know of any non-aac apps that are switch accessible? Story books or games for instance?

  3. Turn on VoiceOver and you can use a bluetooth keyboard to navigate the iPad - sort of. The keystrokes let you move about and interact. Dynamics has made an iPortal system based on this. I could see using a keyboard emulator to provide this VO access via switches. All these "switch" products do this as well, send keystrokes by bluetooth, but the app must be written to react to those keys..

    Don Carlson. PEng
    rehab engineering
    SJHC london Ontario

    1. With obvious interest in switch accessibility, you should know about the impending launch of a new product from Pretorian Technologies.

      The APPlicator, a switch interface for iPad ( and iPhones ) switch accessible apps, has been available in the US via Inclusive TLC for about one month and is proving to be very useful for those needing a simple device for these switch apps.

      However another device Switch2Scan ( launch before the end of May) giving switch (from 1 to 4 switches) accessibility for all the iPad functions ( including PageTurning for iBook and other book reader apps). So it is not dependant on apps being switch accessible.

      I hope that you will be able to share this with a few of your colleagues so that we have some professional views and comments about the device

      The basic detail is below…

      Scanning switch access for the i-Pad.

      A unique interface providing comprehensive, scanning, switch access to all i-Pad functions – Apps, Music and Media, i-Books and data entry.

      Wirelessly connected to the i-Pad using Bluetooth 2.1, Switch2Scan is simple to set-up and easy to use with programmable sockets to connect up to 4 wired switches.


      Manual and automatic scanning modes.
      Forward and backward scanning.
      On-screen keyboard scanning
      Four scanning speed options.
      QuickAccess mode.
      i-Books mode with page-turner.
      Integral button to deploy or hide the on-screen keyboard.
      Integral, rechargeable lithium-ion battery via USB lead (supplied).
      Pairs directly with i-Pad through Bluetooth 2.1 without PIN number entry.
      Works with i-Pad, i-Pod (3rd and 4th generations) and i-Phone (4 and 3 GS).
      Small footprint (90mm x 64mm x 18mm).
      20 metres (64 feet) operating range.