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Alternative Methods to Increase Physical Access to Mobile Devices

| Proposal No: 1900

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  • Shannon Lavey, MS, OTR/L, Colorado State University
  • Alexandra Goltz, OTS, Colorado State University

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

This presentation focuses on alternative ways that individuals with physical disabilities can increase access to mobile devices. This will include overviews of built-in accessibility, low tech, and high tech options that enhance physical access to Apple, Android, and Windows devices.


Mobile devices are increasing in popularity and there is a growing desire for individuals with disabilities to have access to these devices. Many technologies, both high tech and low tech, have surfaced that allow individuals with physical considerations to have access to Apple, Android, and Windows products. These technologies include low tech adaptions, built-in features, and 3rd party devices and applications including but not limited to technologies such as the Tecla Shield DOS, iHook, RJ Cooper Switch Interface, Ablenet’s Blue2, and Switch to Scan. This presentation offers participants the opportunity to learn about emerging technology that allows alternative physical access to mobile devices! Information will be provided on switches and scanning, utilizing built-in physical accessibility features, and using other adaptations to increase access to mobile devices.


  1. Gain an understanding of various switches and interfaces, and the concept/use of scanning in mobile devices
  2. Gain knowledge of the built-in OS accessibility features of mobile devices that support physical access
  3. Gain an understanding of low tech adaptions that support alternative physical access to various mobile devices

Speaker Bio(s)

Shannon Lavey

Shannon Lavey is the Student Service Coordinator at the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) at CSU. The mission of the ATRC is to ensure equal access to technology and electronic information for CSU students and employees with disabilities. Shannon provides direct services to students and employees and is committed to continued research, education, and outreach of assistive technology.

Alexandra Goltz

Alexandra Goltz graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. During this time, she worked at the Services for Students with Disabilities Office assisting implement accommodations for student attending the university. Through shadowing and family experience working with occupational therapists, she decided to pursue an M.O.T. degree in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. She is currently employed at the Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) where she helps with researching new technology, and technology supports for students on campus.