Touch switch designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. Switch is activated using a swiping motion or other gross motor movement, enabling it to be activated by many parts of the body. Swiping contact activates the device attached to the switch and, once activated, the vertical stem returns to its original position. Four rubber suction cups hold switch securely in place. 7" square base. Color may vary.
- 4" long arm
- 0.35-oz. activating force
- Auditory click and tactile feedback
Selecting a Capability Switch
Capability switches are a core feature of access technology. They allow people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to interact with technology. The proper switch opens up worlds of access communication devices, environmental controls, computer software, and mobile devices.
Switches come in different sizes and shapes. To choose the switch that works best for a particular circumstance, there are some important factors to consider.
What actions can the person reliably perform? What action or body part can the person use – hand, head, eyes, mouth? Activating the switch should not cause undue fatigue, discomfort or pain, or compromise muscle tone. Many switches have the activation surface on the top, but others allow activation on other surface areas. There are switches that can be activated by different body parts or actions.
Can the person hit a small target or do they need a larger one? Can they hit the top of a switch or other area? Activating the switch should not cause undue fatigue, discomfort or pain, or compromise muscle tone.Many switches have the activation surface on the top, but others allow activation on more surface area.
Amount of Force
How much pressure can the person consistently exert to activate the switch? Can they press on it or just touch it? There are switches that can be activated with a light touch or by proximity.
Does the person have perceptual difficulties? Do they need feedback from the switch (auditory, tactile, visual)? Most switches provide tactile and auditory feedback.
What type of device does the person want to use the switch with? Some switches are designed to work with a specific item - such as a Bluetooth switch for an iPad.
Vertical Wobble Switch is activated by pressing or swiping the 4" arm and requires 0.35 ounce of pressure to activate. It provides auditory and tactile feedback.