Visual Schedule will Travel !

Visual Schedule will Travel! 

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Work tasks integrated into a students day can be part of a students life skill programming.  Using visual strategies may also be a need for many students to facilitate independence with task completion by providing photos, symbols or text in a concrete, static, visual manner and decrease verbal prompt dependency.

What happens when when students need to travel and use visual communication at the same time but independence in interacting with the a device is a goal?

A number of shoulder strap cases are available to allow students easy access to iPads for communication purposes ( see iPads and Student Transport and Easy Bee case review  for suggestions). Numerous apps also are available providing visual schedule prompts for student to follow a visual sequence of events customized to their individual needs. One such app is  First/Then Visual Schedule (iOS) (Android) app by Good Karma available for iPad and Android which provides different views (full, split or list) of scheduled tasks or places they will participate in during the day.

Using a shoulder bag, visual schedule app on an iPad, cart and a few other inexpensive items, here is a cheap way visual communication was adapted to provide  a visual schedule on a cart for use during transport:

1. A sturdy, ballistic nylon travel case or bag with a shoulder strap (available from Amazon) when traveling about the school had been chosen due to its low profile, ease of donning and doffing independently, ability to view the iPad visual schedule and safety during travel.

A pocket on the back of the bag allowed the cover to be managed and  tucked away allowing easy viewing of the screen (see image below). It also provided a quick easy method of adapting the iPad to the cart (see below)!

Padded Ballistic Nylon Hybrid Travel Case / Bag with Strap for iPad and iPad 2

2.      Large book stand repurposed from our library with heavy duty velcro to secure it to the cart.

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3.    Sliding the pocket of the case onto  the secured bookstand provided the visual schedule at eye level for the student.  This means the iPad is upside down in the case, but zippers on the bag secure the device from falling out. Changing the orientation of the iPad screen for correct orientation of the app was needed but an easy thing to do on the device.

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4.      The iPad with visual schedule is available at eye level on the cart for the student. There is plenty of viewable space to watch where he is traveling with the cart!

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The existing cart and bag provided easy method of mounting the device on the cart with only a repurposed book stand and some Velcro required! It’s off to work we go!


Visual Supports and Autism Disorder. Retrieved on December 16, 2012 from:

Using Visual Schedules a Guide for Parents. Retrieved on December 16, 2012 from:

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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