How to Determine the Correct Switch Positioning

The world of accessible switches is extremely complex and there are a range of considerations that need to be taken into account before

A Switch safely and correctly positioned on a Trabasack mount

choosing and positioning the switch for a user. It is important that the switch is positioned correctly and securely but it is also important to keep in mind that there may be occasions it needs to be moved so it can’t be a permanent attachment. The switch needs to accessible but equally needs to be secure against any potential damage or risk of being knocked off.

Before you can consider positioning the switch you need to think about what type of switch to choose. Here are some simple criteria which you need to consider before choosing your switch:

Which muscles/appendages will be used to control the switch?

If the switch is to be accessed via the elbow it needs to be position in such a way that it can be reached and this will be different than if it is going to be accessed by hand or wrist.

What kind of switch can be used by these particular muscles/appendages?

There are a range of switches on the market designed for specific usage by specific muscles so pay close attention when considering your switch.

How much force can be generated to activate the switch?

Switch sensitivity can be altered so depending on the force able to be exerted you can choose a switch with corresponding sensitivity.

Where and how is the switch to be mounted?

Before you can think about positioning your switch, you need to consider what mount you are going to use. We of course recommend using a Trabasack, a fantastic multipurpose lap tray and bag which acts as a useful mount for all different types of switch.

Back to positioning, when you’ve ascertained the answers to these questions you can begin thinking about the location of your switch. Here are some basic factors to consider when setting up your switch on your Trabasack mount:

How much force can the mount sustain without moving or breaking? With a Trabasack mount you have the added bonus of a cushioned under-surface meaning it can comfortable sustain any exertions needed to activate the switch.

A Trabasack with Switch safely mounted upon it.

Does the switch mount have any “give” so it can be adapted for users of different strengths? Again, as your Trabasack mount has a beanbag cushion it can handle the amount of pressure needed by any user to activate the switch. It isn’t particularly “tight” and you can mount the switch so it isn’t difficult to use.

How expensive is the switch positioning system? Trabasack is an extremely affordable product, not only because it is multifunctional but also because there are no other products on the market with the same benefits. As well as a functional bag and lap tray, you have its third switch mount functionality.

If you choose to use a Trabasack as your switch mounting device, you will not be disappointed. Extremely versatile and flexible there is scope for switch mounting in a number of ways to suit a range of users.