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

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Joined 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!


Joined 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.


Joined 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.