Switch Accessibility and the iPad: The Basics and Beyond


When we look at making the iPad accessible for students with significant disabilities, we often find motoric challenges impact potential success. In order to overcome this barrier, we often turn to switches as a tool to support access. However, in order for our kids to be successful, we need to understand a few foundational concepts related to Apple’s switch control settings, scanning options, as well as the different types of switches and interface devices, iPad cases, and mounting options.

This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth look at Apple’s built-in switch control settings, switch interface devices, mounting options, and tips for configuring switch enabled apps. Once we’ve set up our iPad, we’ll explore a number of apps for communication, literacy, math, and the content areas. Finally, we’ll look at meaningful ways these apps can be used to engage and motivate our students to access instruction.

Intended Audience: Parents and professionals who support a student or students with complex needs.

Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch provided)


3/23/2017 8:30 AM - 3/23/2017 3:00 PM


Virginia Tech T/TAC AT Lab
Blacksburg, VA


Lora Beeken


Assistive Technology Computer Access - AT Literacy Math Mobile Devices - AT Severe Disabilities