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Capturing the Code: Making high street toys and home appliances accessible

Session 
6.5
Clinical
  • Sally Chan
Summary

There has been an exciting development in the use of infra-red (IR) equipment for disabled people. Its use for children with physical impairment can motivate a child to use a switch or a voice-output communication aid (VOCA) and may result in greater interaction. IR equipment such as toys, TVs, DVD players, and music systems can be made accessible using switches or communication aids. Easy if you know how!

This presentation will explore the IR toys currently available and explain how these toys can be made accessible for children using switches, BigJacks, and/or VOCAs. Some of these toys will be demonstrated, and there will be an opportunity for hands-on experience.

IR codes on standard remote controls can be captured by specialist equipment, so empowering the individual to be as independent as possible from an early age.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Transition
Mainstream
Special