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A project by the
Inclusive Design Research Centre
Inclusive Design Research Centre

About Tecla Access

People with mobility impairments can access electronic devices through the Tecla Access Shield

People with mobility impairments can access electronic devices through the Tecla Access Shield.

Tecla Access is a set of open software and hardware tools that facilitate switch access to electronic devices for people with mobility impairments.

Our initial goal is to enable access to mobile devices through standard ability switches and/or the driving controls powered-wheelchair users already employ to move around.

Availability and Status

We are currently focusing on the development of the following tools:

  • The Tecla Access Shield, is a device that enables connection of powered wheelchairs and standard ability switches to Bluetooth-enabled devices. Device manufacturers and software developers may support the Tecla Access Shield on their current and future products in order to make them accessible to people with mobility impairments.
  • The Tecla Access App is an input method for the Android platform, this is a special kind of application that integrates tightly with the operating system enabling access to most of its functions. The Tecla Access App also demonstrates how other devices and applications may use the Tecla Access Shield to become accessible to people with mobility impairments.

These tools are currently in pre-production stages. Assistive technology users, researchers, developers, manufacturers, re-sellers and distributors may evaluate them and send us their feedback.

You can tune in for the latest status from any of:

Who is using Tecla Access?

Prototypes of the Tecla Access Shield and Android App have already been distributed for evaluation to key testing partners in Canada and abroad. These include: