Turn your iPad into a trackpad and much more!

I’ve recently had the pleasure of trying out a fairly new app called Panther Connect. This app turns your iPad into “a super charged trackpad” as described by the developers…. and they’re not wrong! Once you have this app connected to your computer through Wifi using a piece of software called Panther Link for your Mac or PC, you can navigate around your computer and access applications and menus – ALL from the iPad.

It’s an ideal option for people with mild physical motor impairments. You can change the speed that the iPad moves the mouse cursor around your computer screen, use lots of menu buttons to access the menus of the computer, access applications, switch between open documents, use mouse controls and much more!

Watch this video to see how it works!

This is definitely a great app which offers a range of diverse options for customisation when it comes to accessing computers.

I am already in love with some of the other Panther Technology apps which a great for people with motor difficulties such as Math Paper, Panther Calculator, Moto Racer and Panther Dice.

And the next app which is due to be released soon will be Panther Writer. The developers describe this app as a “completely rethought keyboard layout in six ways – all using Universal Design insights to deliver greater efficiency and amazing new access”.

I’m looking forward to trying it so I can tell you more about it.




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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene is a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

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