One of my earlier posts “iDevice Accessory Bonanza!”, listed Technology for Education’s as having an extensive list of accessories for iPads and iPods. It does have a great resource for iDevice accessories as does RJ Cooper who always finds an access method or adaptation for devices for individuals who are physically challenged. With that said, there is always something new to be found out on the web!
In recent questing I found the ATMac: Empowering Disabled Apple User website featuring great information on accessibility issues for Mac hardware and software products. Written by Ricky Buchanan, ATMac has great insight on accessibility issues and products from his user perspective! At ATMac, I found great information and products associated with iDevices that I would not have found in my favorite websites or feeds.
One of the recent posts on ATMac, iPad Keyguards Available , featured keyguards available for the iPad from a company called Lasered Pics. Lasered Pics has over 15 keyguards for Aug Comm Apps as well a keyguards for the standard iPad keyboard.
You will find the AAC keyguards featured on their website under the category Adaptive Technology Supplies . Here is the current list of keyguards available for AAC apps from Lasered Pics :
- Assistive Chat
- iClick iTalk
- My First AAC
- My Talk
- Proloquo2go with and without word prediction (3 different options)
- Sono Flex
- Speak It
- Talk Board
- Tap Speak
- Tap to Talk
- Touch Chat
- Word Power 42
Other accessories such as two different types of home button guards/strips (different from the Bub Caps) to deter fingers accessing the home button to get to their favorite app are also available.
Advice on some iPad cases that will not work with the keyguards are also offered. If you are needing a keyguard and a case for the iPad there are definitely questions to ask! Lasered Pics also has other accessories and options of Colored Acrylic options to check out
As a OT with students needing help accessing the iPad, these resources were a gold mine. Whether access to a keyboard or aug com system that certainly is a part of the services we offer. I did not see a keyguard for IntelliPad app which has word prediction and text to speech for written composition. Perhaps that will come if there is a need. I wondered if Lasered Pics makes customized keyguards upon request? Lasered Pics contact information is easily available on their website making inquiries easy.
What great resource finds – ATMac and Lasered Pics when working with individuals with physical challenges. These will be marked in my favorites! How exciting to find more accessibility options that will help the clients or students we service be successful!