iPhone Case System with Swappable Modules – An Option for AAC Users?

Otterbox cases have been the mobile device case choice for most of our clients mobile device recommendations. Otterbox cases provide a protection, good quality yet remain somewhat slim.  Of course their is never a one size fits all for our clients pending their needs, however we have had success with Otterbox cases.

One of Otterbox’s newer cases is the Universe Case System, offering protection along with swappable modules to the base case for iPhones (i6, i6 Plus). For those clients who are using a mobile device as an AAC device, battery life, volume/speaker output can be a concern depending on phone use, other services utilized and the environment.

The Universe Case System for iPhones (6, 6 Plus, 7) for $38.21 at Amazon provides modular components that can be easily added or removed to the outside case.


Among the swappable components is a battery charger, speaker and USB storage module that could be easily added as needed. Polar Pro Powerpack Extended Battery module (49.99):


PolarPro BeatPulsar Compact Speaker module (49.99) can also be added to the case, providing sound amplification is in large or noisy environment.

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PolarPro Trial Blase Armband for the Otterbox Universe Case is also a positioning option  for individuals with motor challenges  (29.99).


Additional modules can be added such as a card wallet, camera lens and armband to the base case. Although the components can add up in cost, the  Otterbox Otterbox Universe Case system is a protective case that can offer functional components for individuals  with disabilities on an as needed basis. I see this case as an strong option for those with AAC needs for the speaker system if working in a noisy area.

I have not yet had the opportunity to trial the Universe case, however am looking forward to working with the next one ordered.

Have you used the new Universe case by Otterbox?

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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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