iPad Mini Cases with Shoulder Straps

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iPad Mini Cases with Straps

The recent post  “iPad Cases with Straps for iPad 9.7, iPad Pro and iPad 10.5” identified cases for the iPad 9.7 and 10.5 providing a method for clients to transport the iPad safely and hands free. The need again arose while working with the team of a recent client in a transition program which used an iPad Mini.  A new search for an iPad Mini protective case with a strap was needed.  Here are the options found for iPad Mini cases  with straps:

My Sense Buddy Case for iPad Mini 4. Protective iPad Mini case for kids. This protective case has cut out for attaching a shoulder strap. The case has a protective screen, stand and handle. Sells for $29.95 on Amazon at time of post.

Pure Sense Buddy iPad mini 4 case w strap

Cooper Trooper Case for iPad Mini 4 . This protective case also comes with cut outs on all corners for orientation in portrait or landscape. Cost is 19.95 (USD) on Amazon at time of post.

Cooper trooper case for iPad 9.7 2017 model

BRAECN 360 protective case for iPad Mini 4  . Offers cutout for attachment of an adjustable strap in portrait and landscape orientation. Stand and hand strap provided in the case. Amazon cost is 19.99 (USD) at time of blog post.

Braecn 360 iPad Mini 4

Cellular360 case with strap for iPad Mini 4 – Protective case with handstrap and shoulder strap for iPad Mini 4. Available in a variety of colors. Amazon cost is $16.99 at time of post.

Cellular360 iPad mini 4 case w strap

RJ Cooper’s iPad Ultimate II case – for iPad Pro’s, iPad 9.7 and iPad Mini provides a protective leather case with strap.

pink-mini-carry-case-front iPad mini

rooCase breakaway strap for LifeProof iPad Mini 4 case (strap only). This break away shoulder strap can be applied to the Life Proof Nuud iPad Mini 4 case. Cost of break away strap is $19.99 (USD) on Amazon.com. Purchase of case is separate.

roocase break away strap for ipad case

rooCase sleeve with breakaway strap for Otterbox Defender case for iPad Mini 4  is also available for 29.99 on Amazon. Requires separate purchase of Otterbox case.

roocase ulity sleeve for Otter box

For clients involved with transition programming, an iPad Mini often becomes the preferred device due to its easy access and viewing of contents while offering portability.

What do your clients use?

More for your OT eTool Kit.

Carol from OT’s with Apps

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Survey Says! Assistive Technology Writing Supports for Handwriting and Writing — AT and OT: Assistive Technology for OTs

As an occupational therapist (OT) that has certification in assistive technology (AT) from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), I compiled a survey in preparation for a national AT conference in 2017. I developed a 10-question survey to determine the current use of writing supports by professionals working with children […]

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Thanks to Molly Shannon for sharing her survey information about assistive writing supports. Interesting information!

Carol

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iPad Cases with Straps for iPad 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad 10.5

iPad case with strap

Looking for case with a strap for your student or client’s iPad?

Past searches for iPad cases with attachable shoulder straps provided limited choices in my experience. A recent search for a cases with strap options for clients using iPad for communication or access to organization, text or object recognition tools found a few more options for current tablets. It is exciting to have such choices available, as long as you match your device with the correct case!

Here are some cases with attachable shoulder straps currently available for the iPad Pro 9.7, iPad, iPad 9.7 (2017 edition) and iPad 10.5. Make sure you know what iPad you have for appropriate fit of the case and ports.  The back of you iPad offers you your model number in the small print below “iPad” label. A recent Livewire post dated 9/28/2017 also provides a nice list and info on iPad model numbers. Here’s a quick list of current iPad model numbers to help determine if the case will fit your device:

  • iPad 10.7 Pro 2017 model number (Wi-Fi model) : A1701
  • Pad 2017 model number (Wi-Fi model) : A1822
  • iPad Pro 9.7 model number (Wi-Fi model: A1673

Some cases available for current iPads:

TopEsct iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7 (2017 edition) case for kids. The TopEsct iPad protective case comes in a variety of bright colors with cutout for attaching a shoulder strap. The case has a protective screen, stand and handle. Sells for 19.99 on Amazon at time of post.

TopEcst case 2017

SEYMAC case for iPad 9.7 (2017 edition) and iPad Pro 9.7. This case has a stand and removable shoulder strap. The protective case comes in a variety of colors. Sells for 20.99 on Amazon at time of blog post.

SEYMAC ipad case with shoulder strap

Cooper Trooper Case for iPad 9.7 (2017 edition). This protective case also comes with cut outs on all corners for orientation in portrait or landscape. Cost is 19.95 plus shipping on Amazon at time of post.

Cooper trooper case for iPad 9.7 2017 model

BRAECN 360 protective case for iPad 10.5  and iPad 9.7. Offers cutout for attachment of adjustable strap in portrait and landscape orientation. Stand and hand strap provided in the case. Cost is 23.99 at time of blog post.

Braecn 360 case 10.5 iPad

Innovative Care case with strap for iPad 9.7 (2017 edition). This case offers a cover and attachable shoulder strap. Offered by Innovative Care on Amazon, cost is approximately $60 plus shipping.

Innovative care 9.7 case with strap

RJ Cooper’s iPad Ultimate II case – for iPad Pro’s, iPad 9.7 and iPad Mini provides a protective case with strap.

RJ Cooper iPad ultimate 2 case pic

rooCase breakaway strap for LifeProof iPad Pro 9.7 case (strap only). This break away shoulder strap can be applied to the Life Proof Nuud iPad Pro 9.7 case. Check iPad model and case model to ensure the correct case for your iPad. Cost of break away strap is 29.99 on Amazon.com. Purchase of case is separate.

roocase break away strap for ipad case

rooCase sleeve with breakaway strap for Otterbox Defender case for iPad 10.5  and iPad 9.7 is also available for 29.99 on Amazon. Requires separate purchase of Otterbox case.

roocase ulity sleeve for Otter box

Many of the above manufacturers may also make a case for the latest iPad Mini 4. A search of the above brand names + iPad Mini should provide that information.

What mobile device cases have you found useful for clients or student?

More for your OT eTool Kit!

Carol

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Perkin’s E-Learning – Choosing the Appropriate Video Magnifier

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In the school system, selection of video magnifiers are typically reserved to the Teachers of the Visually Impaired. Their expertise on the needs of the student,  core curriculum and expanded core curriculum tasks make them best suited to select the AT that support students.

In the community, employment and post secondary education, assistive technology specialists and occupational therapists might be involved in selection of technology to support individuals with visual impairment. Staying abreast of assistive technology can be a challenge with all the options available. One, of many online resources, is Perkin’s School for the Blind e-Learning, offering courses and blog posts of current assistive technology options for students with low vision and blindness.

The January Paths to Technology Blog shares helpful information in their post ” Choosing the Appropriate Video Magnifier“. Their blog post discusses different types of video magnifiers categorized by features and tasks. Also included in the blog post, is a list of Common Video Magnifier Model which synthesizes basic features and the purpose of each device to assist with identifying appropriate devices. As an ATP and recent CATIS, I find such feature match lists invaluable, offering assistance with winnowing down choices when making decisions between AT devices.

If you service students with low vision or blindness or need information about technology for students or individuals with visual impairment, be sure to check out Perkin’s e-Learning resources. Even if you are not choosing the AT for your students with visual impairment, there are wonderful resources in their online resources.

H/T to Perkin’s e-Learning for their great, free resources.

More for your OT eTool Kit!

Carol from OT’s with Apps

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End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer — Ask a Tech Teacher

Great maintenance tips for the end of the year! Add to you end of the year resolutions!

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence Backup and Image your computer 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: 19 Steps to a Speedier…

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Thank you Jacqui, for your maintenance reminders! It will help with a happier New Year!

Carol

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Don’t Forget to Back Up!! How to Back Up Apps and Files (and a Little about a Flash Drive for iPad) — Tech it Issie

Tech it Issie provides great “How to” instructions for backing up apps and files on your iPad. Read on for their helpful instructions…

Many people have come to us with questions following accidental erasure of communication boards from their iPad and we felt that it was important to write a post explaining how to back up iPad content. This information is relevant and useful to any iPad user. Backing up content on the iPad is essential for people…

via Don’t Forget to Back Up!! How to Back Up Apps and Files (and a Little about a Flash Drive for iPad) — Tech it Issie

H/T to Tech it Issie for their excellent instructions and reminder to back up!

Carol

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Seeing AI App – Update Offers New Recognition Tools

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Seeing AI App

The Seeing AI iOS app (free) developed by Microsoft brought a variety of object recognition tools to mobile devices. The first version offered text and object recognition via text to speech. Although not perfect, the Seeing AI app provides remarkable accuracy for general object recognition (use for medical purposes or for tasks reliant on personal safety is not recommended). Recent updates in Seeing AI version 2.0.1 now includes the following additional object recognition tools:

  • Currency (US, Canadian, British Pounds, Euros).
  • Light – Detections of how much light is in the environment
  • Color Recognition
  • Handwriting – Recognizing handwritten text

Other features in the recent 2.0.1 update include:

  • Documents are read aloud with highlighting without use of VoiceOver (VO)
  • Tools selected are spoke aloud
  • Adjust voice type and rate without use of VO
  • Allows choice of what tools are assigned 3D touch recognition
  • Recognizes images in other apps using “recognize images” in mail, Twitter, photos

The changes not only provide additional tools for object recognition but provide instant access to text without turn VO on. Although VO is an extremely helpful tool, managing its verbosity and turning it on and off can be difficult for some individuals.

The Seeing AI iOS app 2.0.1 current features list now includes:

  • Short text – reads short text as soon as it is in front of the camera
  • Document – Provides audio guidance to capture a document and read the text
  • Scans barcodes – Read contents aloud using bar codes (name and product information)
  • People – Scans peoples faces, gives then an estimate of gender, age and emotion
  • Scene- Provides an overview of the scene captured
  • Currency – Identifies currency note
  • Color – Identifies color
  • Handwriting – Recognizes handwriting like in greeting cards
  • Light – Detects the amount of light in the environment. Provides audible tone relative to the amount of light
  • Images in other apps – Tap “Share” and Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter and more

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Seeing AI app has been upgraded multiple times in the past months with remarkable new, promising features for individuals with visual, learning or cognitive disabilities. Providing instant text, object recognition and product information is a boon for not only individuals with visual impairment, but also those clients with a significant reading disability or a cognitive disability who just can not crack the code of reading. print For individuals such as some students with autism or those with visual impairment, facial recognition may help them navigate social situations.  It is exciting to see the outcomes of these new development projects offered in ubiquitous apps (much less free) that have direct application to improving functional capabilities of  individuals with disabilities!

If you haven’t checked it out, here is a link to more information about each of the features: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai/ . This app is only available for iOS (iPhone/iPad).

So many tools are getting smarter and more functional – offering you more for your OT eToolkit!

Carol

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