The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 8 Switches and Other Devices 

Jane Farrel Honorable Mention 
Jane Farrell Gives you a list of apps the work with switches. Reading this list works better than trial and error. It also gives you examples of apps that you can suggest to clients with mobility issues. 

Lauren S. Enders Honorable Mention 
This is a list of apps that works with switches. 


This company makes computer mice for people with physical limitations.


You can turn your laptop screen into a touch-screen with AirBar.

Xbox Adaptive Controller
This adaptive controller was featured in a Superbowl commercial. This is an adaptive controller for individuals with physical disabilities. People with disabilities should enjoy video games just like everyone else. 

Game Box Controllers 
This link goes to video game controllers that are for people with physical disabilities. People don’t think about the many things people with physical limitations go through. For some people, using your hands for repetitive motion can be a form of exercise. 
Page Flip
Page Flip is hardware. You turn pages on an iPad iBooks with your feet. Musicians can turn pages without using their hands. It also works for the physically disabled. The pedals work with any app that accepts Bluetooth. So, if you can use a keyboard, you can use pedals.

Tecla Switch
This is a large button that can be touched to manipulate an iPad. This is an option for the physically disabled person that wants to use an iPad or another mobile device. On the website, I could not find a price.
AT Tools for Computer Access
Some great information from Lauren S. Enders Pinterest account

Learn How to Add a Switch 

This video shows you how to add a switch or a Bluetooth device. 

Use Switch with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Switch Access for Android

Games that work with a switch

If you are looking for games for someone with a physical disability that will work with a switch:

Use a Smartphone/Tablet without Touching


The iPad has a number of features for individuals with assistive technology. If you are looking for more options for an individual with a disability, then this is worth a look.

Sesame Phone

This is a smartphone that you do not touch. The video on this phone is awesome!


Tecla Access

With this app, you can control your device with a switch or other hardware.

Google TalkBack

This app is for people with low vision that need an alternative way to communicate with their device.

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