Electronics Dunce Here...Looking for Help for Special Needs Student Using Switch

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by olgapastuch, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. olgapastuch

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 2, 2010

    I am an occupational therapist for school-age children. I have a student who has cerebral palsy, and I am looking for a replacement method for raising his hand in class. I have a switch for him, and I need to know how I might connect it to a light placed atop his headrest so that when he activates the button, the light turns on, indicating a need/desire to answer a question. I have no experience with this sort of thing whatsoever, so any help (with lots of detail!) would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
  2. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    Would a spring loaded toggle work? Or are you after something more like a doorbell button?

    I would use a simple lantern battery, the kind with the screw on terminals, and put a simple 12V bulb on a wooden dowel. One wire goes to another, it should be pretty cheap.
  3. studiot

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 9, 2007
    I don't know where you are located, but in the UK we have a charity dedicated to supplying specialist tailored hardware for such queries as yours. They are run by (mostly retired) engineers of all disciplines.