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Microbit Bluetooth Switch Build for iOS Control

April 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

Assistive technology (AT) is any device or system that improves the quality and independence of a person with a disability. Unfortunately, oftentimes the cost of these devices is prohibitive and the procurement process can be quite lengthy and frustrating. DIY (Do It Yourself) or DFO (Do For Others) AT has been a growing movement allowing more affordable access to these types of devices using common fabrication techniques and commercially available components. This global pandemic has brought to light the importance of access to the internet and other computer/ mobile device resources.
This workshop will be broken into two parts:
  • 30 minutes: An overview of the concepts, including an example low-cost DIY AT device (<$25) and a demonstration of how it’s used to operate an iPad.
  • 1 hour (Optional): A walk-through of the building and setting up the example device. Details on parts and tools are provided below and we encourage participants to “build along” with us.  We’ll even provide part of the materials (for the cost of shipping & while supplies last)!

Target Audience:

This build is geared specifically for novice makers or individuals interested in providing an access method for a user with a physical disability. Target participants include family members, caregivers, disability professionals, or AT users themselves. This project DOES NOT require any soldering or access to 3D printing and utilizes commonly available and commercially accessible materials. In addition, the code used is beginner-friendly and block-based using the Makecode platform.


Bill Siever

Bill is a Teaching Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches courses in Computer Science and Engineering. In addition, Bill tries to develop materials that make technology more approachable for everyone.

Loreto Dumitrescu

Loreto is an occupational therapist and educational technologist. She has been working in the field of assistive technology for over a decade and helps run the NYC chapter of Makers Making Change.


April 13, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT PDT
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