iPhones and iPads are now surprisingly indispensable tools for quadriplegics who have limited mobility, even though smart devices are primarily controlled through a touchscreen. The introduction of “Switch Control” in iOS, along with the Tecla Shield, means that those with limited mobility (resulting from spinal cord injuries, MS, ALS, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy) can now use simple switches (for example: buttons, sip-and-puffs, joysticks) to control their smart device. This has opened up millions of apps to those with mobility issues -- some of which can completely replace some equipment that's especially been “made for the disabled.”
The Tecla Shield connects up to six switches to a mobile device wirelessly through Bluetooth. With a single switch, a series of switches, or a joystick, users can gain full control over their touchscreen device without ever physically interacting with the screen. In general, while as little as a single button switch can yield full control over the iPad or iPhone, the device navigation gets faster with every additional switch used.
Here are nine (maybe / maybe not) surprising examples of how people with limited mobility are leveraging this setup to take advantage of mobile technologies: