- iPod Touch for Visual Communication at Work
Recent evaluations of individuals with disabilities transitioning to employment situations have resulted in recommendations for an iPod Touch. Used for a variety of communication needs, the iPod Touch’s low profile, portability, apps and multimedia tools provides the potential of supporting many individuals in work environments. iOS Apps are also plentiful, following identifying the specific features needed to support individual needs. What has been difficult is finding a sturdy, hands free case for protection and securing the device from loss.
After way too much time (I will not admit how long it has taken me…) here are a couple of options that I found for the iPod Touch:
Lanskin iPod Touch 5 Case (19.99) – provides a single adjustable strap for easy application and wear.
Griffin Survivor iPod Case (23.10 – Amazon) – Griffin Survivor cases provide protection and have a belt clip. Add a retractable strap or lanyard for security when working.
Any other case suggestions for the iPod 5th Gen ?
What apps have you found suitable for work situations?
I’ve used the Griffin Survivor and the belt clip is designed to be removed fairly easily. I’d be VERY concerned about attaching a lanyard or strap to the belt clip as I think it would have a tendency to fall off – and I don’t think there’s anywhere else to attach it on that case.
There is definitely a dearth of methods for attaching straps or lanyards to iDevices which I think is a problem. I’m hoping that the LinkMount that’s currently in pre-order will make this easier once it’s available as it should attach to most existing cases.
Thank you so much for your expert information! As iDevices have come and go so do the cases, lanyard systems and yes, you said it they are very hard to find.
Have you had any experience with the iPodfob system? Not a heavy duty case but an attachment system: http://podfob.com/custom1.html
Thank you for your visit and comment!
I hadn’t seen the Podfob stuff before but for my own use I’d be very concerned that the cases it comes with seem very flimsy and not very protective. Lanyards and straps are awesome but they’re not attached to the person 100% of the time, generally.
Thank you again Ricky. Limited choices- it might be time to hack something…
? Sugru to the rescue?
I have a client who needs a case pronto – may need some improvising…
EK has some lanyard cases but I don’t know if they will fit the iPod Touch 5 generation. Have you worked with any of these? http://ekusa.com/icat-3/i5-speak-easy-reel-it-coming-soon ? The iCat system.
Thank you for your feedback.
Thank you for your thoughts!
Have been thinking about this – I found another option that looks workable:
A Rokform case with the v3 sports clip http://www.rokform.com/v3-sportclip/ would let you securely attach a lanyard around the sports clip. That gives you a secure case plus a lanyard.
I tihnk at the moment improvisation or the Rokform or the Lanskin from the article are your only decent options!
If I were improvising I’d start with something which has an attached lanyard and sugru it to be more protective, OR use a lanyard which goes all the way around the body of the case (sides and lower edge) and sugru it into place. Otherwise the strain will detach the lanyard.
Let me know how you go 🙂
Wow! Thank you. I have been scouring the market with few choice. Thank you much for the suggestions – The Rokform with sports clip definitely is an option!!And I love sugru – and have been thinking about a hack for this (although it needs to be professional for clients – but is always an option) from the beginning…
I am waiting approval of the equipment through other funding sources, but I will let you know how it goes. I really appreciate your time for searching and problem solving. It certainly has taken me quite a while to search, again I so appreciate your time!
Thank you again!!
Carol of OT’s with Apps!!
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