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Vicky86
1st June 2019, 23:06
Hello guys

Wondering if anybody knows of any manual etc online for the use of the buddy buttons with the Ipad?

We are finding that specialists come to install these for my dad but they never know how to work them, he is struggling to operate it on the iPad so it isn't helping him and I'm not overly technology minded so I can't figure it out either!

Thank you for any input you may have :)

Barry52
2nd June 2019, 10:10
Hello Vicky86,

I read your other posts and I am sorry that your dad has been diagnosed with MND. I can’t offer more advice than our other members however I can help with the iPad.

Go into settings and select general. You will see a list of options and under switch control make sure it is turned on. The iPad should pair with the button provided Bluetooth settings are active.

Best wishes,
Barry

Ellie
2nd June 2019, 17:02
Hi Vicky,

I don't use an iPad, sorry Vicky, but you may have to also go into Accessibility after General, following on from Barry's post above??

So it's Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Switch Control (turn ON)

What use is it in supplying your dad with 'useful' technology if no one shows him how to use it :mad:

Hopefully Barry and others can help you figure it out.

Love Ellie.

Ellie
2nd June 2019, 17:22
Barry, I'm just thinking... (apologies, I don't know much about iOS)

Vicky said her dad has "buttons" so would they need to be configured separately? And assigned names/functions?

And he'd need a bluetooth interface too or not?

Thanks.

Love Ellie.

Barry52
2nd June 2019, 23:10
Hi Ellie,

I have a button switch which links to my iPad via Bluetooth . It operates all the functions once it is paired. The button works like a mouse so it helps when your dexterity is compromised.

I hope that Vicky and her dad get it to work.

Love,
Barry

Ellie
3rd June 2019, 11:34
Thanks Barry.

But does the button have or need a Bluetooth interface?

And it's a standard Buddy Button like this?

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Thanks a mill - I'm trying to see how it differs from Windows OS.

Love Ellie.

Barry52
3rd June 2019, 15:24
The button is the same Ellie except mine is yellow. Yes it requires a Bluetooth connection.

Love,
Barry

Ellie
3rd June 2019, 16:41
Ah, that's what I thought.

Thanks for clarifying Barry xx

Vicky86
13th June 2019, 00:00
Thanks both

We have it connected to the iPad and it goes around the screen etc so dad can select the options he wants but he gets stuck in that it doesn’t go everywhere etc so how does he control the rest of it?

Nobody showed him how to use it but we’ve had this problem with his motorised chair too! Patience is a virtue eh

Thank you so much all of you for your kind thoughts and advice x

Barry52
13th June 2019, 09:15
Hi Vicky,

It is difficult to explain but there are many videos on YouTube. If your dad is finding the switch difficult then maybe he can use the head control which uses the camera to access the iPad functions.

I attach a video demonstrating this function.

https://youtu.be/YkG0-kHNslw

Best wishes,
Barry

Ellie
13th June 2019, 15:54
Hi Vicky,

Do you mean your dad has difficulty pressing the actual switch or is it that he presses the switch and can't get further in that app?

If it's the former, would it be easier to use a different part of his body to press the switch (elbow, foot, between his knees etc) Or try Barry's suggestion re head control.

If it's the latter problem, it 's likely it wasn't set up correctly for your dad's specific needs in the first place - functions such as Auto-Scanning, Tapping etc and their timings may need to be changed. (Barry may know about that? Sorry, I only know Windows.)

There are numerous 'How to...' videos on YouTube on setting up switches but IDK if you want to go through the settings?

Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqWkNxB27DM

Any way you can get the person(s) responsible for supplying the switch to come back and actually show your father how to use it???!!!

Love Ellie.

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