This weekend, Alex Dunn and I have spent some time updating our list of switch accessible apps for iPad and iPhone. The collection of switch accessible apps for this platform is slowly growing – with 6 new switch accessible apps available since our last update in May. It is worth noting, however, that for the first time all the new switch accessible apps are non-AAC apps. Yay!
“But …wait a moment,” I hear you say. “Don’t we now have switch interfaces that give us access to lots of iPad and iPhone apps?” While that is certainly true, it is also the case that those interfaces generally require the user to have a good understanding of both scanning and of the iOS (see my review of the Switch2Scan or the Tecla Shield switch interfaces for more information). The switch apps on our list are for those who are just learning to operate a switch or who are refining their switch skills. Or for those who just want a switch for limited applications. For this reason the apps on our switch accessible apps list are ones that have inbuilt switch access. These might be cause and effect apps that can be operated by an external switch or they might offer one and/or two switch scanning. There are a range of bluetooth switch interfaces that work with these apps – and information about the interfaces is included on our list. It is likely that this category of apps will continue to grow as they fill a different need to the more comprehensive switch interface options.
As mentioned earlier, for the first time that we have updated the list, none of the new apps are Augmentative and Alternative Communication apps. I was even delighted to see the first pure switch game app in amongst them!
The new apps for this update are:
Train Tracker also from Inclusive gives you a range of railway track pieces with which to build a train track that your chosen engine can travel along. A nice accessible game with a bit of problem solving involved.
Adapted Play Book – EIEIO! and Adapted Play Book – Peanut Butter. Created by Pati King-de Baun from Creative Communicating these two early literacy and language apps have four different activities within each app around a theme.
To download the full list please click here – and if you know any switch accessible apps that are missing from our list please let us know!