Switch Access Basics

Children who present with complex physical disabilities need alternative access to allow engagement with toys and/or communication systems.  Switches are not new to the world of assistive technology, but their use may be new to many teachers!  In this post, I am going to offer links to a range of printable resources that will help educators and clinicians kick-start their use of switches. The University at Buffalo – The State University of New York has developed a web resource, Assistive Technology Training Online (ATTO) program that has some valuable resources.  One example is the ‘Switch Features List’, a simple guide for evaluating the features of different switches.  Another program offered by the University at Buffalo is designed to support early intervention efforts using assistive technologies.  The Let’s Play Project offers a resource guide for using switches with children 0 – 2 years old called Playing With Switches. Although the guide is a few years old and does not include many of the new toys available, the information is timeless. Inclusive technology has created a comprehensive teaching and assessment tool called the Switch Progression Roadmap. I love the ideas and the literal guide to progressively introducing and expanding switch use.  These are just a few resources for finding the help you need to get started.

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