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IC17 Switch Access to iOS and Other Devices for Wheelchair Users

Program ID Number: CRS000704
CEU Course ID: P286.15
Webinar Length of Time: 1.0 hour

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Access to tablet devices is now at a point where control is simplistic from one or more switches. For wheelchair users, access is dependent on switch location, wheelchair integration (power wheelchairs), and the positioning/mounting of the device. This presentation will outline switch access options for iOS, Android, and other devices, a review of wheelchair integration, mounting and other positioning considerations. Case studies will provide additional insight into how these devices may be used.

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Emma M. Smith, MScOT, ATP/SMS
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Emma Smith is an Occupational Therapist and PhD Trainee at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Emma's primary interests are in the areas of wheelchairs and assistive technologies, with particular interest in the use of these technologies for individuals with cognitive impairments. Emma's current research focuses on power mobility training techniques for older adults, while she maintains a small clinical practice primarily addressing switch access for individuals with severe physical impairments.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.



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  2. Brandt, A., Samuelsson, K., Toytari, O., Salminen, A. (2011) Activity and participation, quality of life and user satisfaction outcomes of environmental control systems and smart home technology: A systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 6(3), 189-206
  3. Jump Start Occupational Therapy Inc. (2014). Guide to Switch Control for iOS Devices.


Updated | 06.25.2015