iPad Adaptive Styluses for Individuals with Mobility Impairment

Looking for styluses for individuals with a mobility impairment (this is for you Phil!)?  Here is what I found as possible adaptive styluses for quadriplegic or individuals with limitations in grasp or strength:

Adjustable Touch Screen Stylus from Enabling Devices (79.95)

iFaraday Styluses

Caduceus –  Stylus with a bendable shaft.                    


                                                                                iFaraday Salt Stylus – ($20) Lightweight stylus with sensitive tip.

iFaraday Mouth Stick ($20.) – Capacitive tip on lightweight aluminum shaft. Replaceable tip.

Shape Dad Styluses  (as sold on Etsy)

iPad Steady Stylus Junior  ($18)

iPad Steady Stylus ($40)

Flex Stylus  ($40)

Strap Stylus ($34)

Mouthstick Stylus  ($45)

Snorkle mouth piece stylus ($34)

Mouthstick Stylus ($45)

Mouthstick Stylus Pro ($58)

Conductive stylus tips (2 pack $16)

Stylus R Us – Makes telescoping styluses with larger grips that can be adapted. Check website for prices.

Touchtec Multi-function Capacitive Touch Screen Mouth Stick for Apple iPad, iPad2, iPhone 4s, Kindle Fire, Droid Phones -Black (49.95) 14″ lightweight mouthstick. Replacement tips available.

Mac Guyvered – Bulb Grip Styluses ( OT’s with Apps adaptation with Sugru and modified handle)

What stylus has been successful for you or your clients who have a mobility impairment?


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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4 Responses to iPad Adaptive Styluses for Individuals with Mobility Impairment

  1. Thanks for showing the variety. Is it true you need to have hand touching metal to conductive fabric? That’s what I read on another site. If so, how do the Chewy Tubes work? How did you make the red & yellow bulb ones or where can I buy them? Where are people getting conductive fabric for a good price? thanks

    • That is one way to do it. Basically on an iPad you have to have your electrical current to activate the screen. Yes there is conductive material you can buy, but as long as the user is touching the metal on the stylus you are okay. I am assuming that is how the chew tube grip works, the grip is there but they still are making a connection to the metal on the stylus.
      There are some styluses that the conduction goes through the plastic, not sure how you tell which material that is. I used big grip paint brushes I bought on Amazon, cut off the brush part inserted a small stylus and used foil tape from the hardware store to make the connection from the handle to the stylus. If you search stylus or MacGuyver in my blog you will find instructions for how to make them. There are many styluses out there now, and you can also put grippers on the stylus as long as the student is touching the metal stylus.

      I have not used the conductive fabric, but searching the web for conductive fabric for iPad should yield many choices.

      Good luck, thank you for your comment! Let me know if I can help you out with anything else!

  2. Rebecca C says:

    Hi. I could not access the iFaraday webpage – it is no longer available. Where can we purchase one of their styluses?

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