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Custom Keyguard for iPad

Custom Keyguards that can be made for a wide variety of apps for your iPad.

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Please note the following for all keyguards:

- Cell Openings will be Rectangle in shape
- Material will be 1/8" Ultra-Matte Non-Glare Clear Acrylic Styrene

For LAMP Words for Life:

- There will be an opening for the Vocab and Menu Buttons

For Proloquo2Go:

- No opening will be provided for the scroll bar.

For TouchChat:

- If Speech Display is open, Number of Lines will be 1

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iPad

Supported iPads

iPad
  • iPad 10.2″ (7th / 8th / 9th Generation – 2019-2021)
  • iPad 9.7″ (5th / 6th Generation – 2017-2019)
iPad mini
  • iPad Mini (6th generation – 2021)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation – 2019)
  • iPad Mini 4 (2015-2019)
  • iPad Mini (1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation – 2012-2015)
iPad Air
  • iPad Air (4th generation – 2020)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation – 2019)
  • iPad Air (2nd generation – 2014)
  • iPad Air (1st generation – 2013)
iPad Pro
  • iPad Pro 12.9″ (3rd / 4th / 5th generation – 2018-2021)
  • iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st / 2nd generation – 2015-2018)
  • iPad Pro 11″ (1st / 2nd/ 3rd generation – 2018-2021)

(iPad mini with iPad mini Keyguard for LAMP Words for Life not recommended due to size)

Specific Models will be available from the dropdown, if you don’t see an iPad model, please contact us to see if we can do it.

How to Determine your iPad model

On newer iPads, it’s easy.

Go to the Settings app > General > About > Model Name

The Model Name is what you’re looking for.

On older iPads, you’ll need to check the model number on the back online.

Look on the back of your iPad and you’ll find it in small text (Model: Axxxx)

Look through the list on the Apple site (click here) to find your exact model, this can be sped up by preforming a find on the Identify your iPad page (pressing Control + F or Command + F and typing the ‘Axxxx‘ model in).


App

List of Supported Apps

Custom keyguards are currently available for the following apps:

  • BRIDGE Communication
  • Clicker Communicator
  • GoTalk Now
  • Grid
  • Grid Player
  • iPad Keyboard
  • Keedogo
  • LAMP Words for Life
  • Predictable
  • Proloquo2Go
  • Sounding Board
  • Speak for Yourself
  • Talk Board
  • TD Snap
  • TouchChat

Case

Important Notes About Cases (Must Read Before Ordering)

Keyguards do not attach permanently to the iPad or the case, but are mounted with non-destructive attachments.

It is important that your keyguard is ordered to fit the case you have, or plan to use.

If you provide the incorrect case make and model or “the next closest thing”, the keyguard won’t fit, and you’ll have to pay to remake it.

List of Supported Cases

  • 3SIXT Rugged Case
  • AMDI iAdapter
  • ARMOR-X Rainproof, ARMOR-X/CTA/MIESHERK Rotating Handle Stand, ARMOR-X/Moko Waterproof
  • Armorbox Kido, AVAWO Kids Case, Bolete Kids Shock Proof, BuddiBox EVA Series, Cooper Dynamo, eTopxizu Tablet Case, Fintie Kiddie, HDE Shock Proof Classic, KaysCase KidBox, Monoprice Kidz Cover, NEWSTYLE Shock Proof Light Weight, Pure Sense Buddy, RJ Cooper Ultimate II, Roocase KidArmor, Travellor Kido
  • Bam Bino Space Suit
  • Big Grips Frame, Big Grips Lift, Big Grips Slim, Big Grips Tweener
  • BRAECN Rugged Cover w/ Kickstand, BRAECN Triple Layer w/ Swivel Stand, EUG Compatible, TSQ Heavy Duty, ZenCase Rotatable Kickstand
  • GoNow Rugged
  • Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Slim, Custom
  • Gripcase
  • Gumdrop Drop Tech, Hideaway
  • Gumdrop FoamTech
  • HDE Shock Proof
  • LifeProof FRĒ, LifeProof NÜÜD
  • No Case (It’s possible to use a keyguard on an iPad that’s not in a case. However, it changes the attachment options somewhat.  Without a case, there’s nothing to hold our snap-in attachment in place, so that can’t be used.)
  • Otterbox Defender
  • Unicorn Beetle, Beetle Pro

If you don’t see your case in this list, we may still be able to do it, provide the Case Name with dimensions.

View list of cases

With recommended attachments


Attachments

The way you attach a keyguard to an iPad depends entirely on the case. The critical issues are the thickness of the bezel surrounding the screen opening, and the amount of open space around the visible portion of the screen (the part with the viewable pixels). While there are commonalities among foam cases and among rigid cases, the differences are much greater in the cases from one manufacturer or another, or even among different designs from the same manufacturer.

Suction Cups

One of the earliest attachment keyguard methods was suction cups. A keyhole is drilled in each corner of the keyguard. The ball of the cup is inserted in the big opening and then slid into the smaller, locking it into place. Then the cups are pressed onto the screen to attach the keyguard.

Suction cups hold tight for a long time, but they can be difficult to move if you don’t get them lined up, so always turn on the iPad and open the app before mounting them so you can be sure the keyguard is lined up. The flattened cups take up a lot of room, so they can’t be used at all on a case that has a small screen opening, and on the cases that provide minimum room, the suction cups may obscure a small portion of the screen. Fortunately, they’re clear.

On foam cases, to get enough room for suction cups, sometimes they have to be placed so they will extend slightly under the edge of the foam. After placing the suction cups peel back the foam a little and wiggle the keyguard so the cups spread out a little under the case, which will then help to hold the cups tight.


Suction Tape (Suction Cup Tape)

When the case provides enough of an opening, suction tape, a black rubber tape with a strong adhesive on the back to stick on the keyguard and thousands of microscopic suction cups on the front. You can’t even see them without magnification! And the stuff works great. If you never pull it off, it sticks indefinitely, but you can remove and reattach it over and over without loss of suction.

The tape will lose its grip as it gets dirty, but it’s washable with a mild detergent like soft soap or dish soap. Just be sure you rinse it well under warm water. It takes forever to evaporate dry, so you can help it along by squeezing it hard against the glass. Every time you do that you’ll see a little amount of moisture on the screen where the tape was attached, until eventually you get it dry and it sticks like new.

Like suction cups, suction tape takes up room, so is unusable on cases with small screen openings. Though it takes up less room than suction cups, it needs flat areas on the keyguard where it can be attached. It works well with most cases.


Straps

Straps work with every kind of case except a few of the foam cases where the thickness of the foam holds the straps too high off the screen. They attach to the right and left edges of the keyguard and stretch around the back of the case. They are a good choice if the keyguard needs to be removed and replaced often, though to swap out several different keyguards, you’re going to want a set of straps for each keyguard, since it would take too long to move the straps from one to the other.

The standard strap mounts hold the keyguard off the screen 1/8” (~3 mm), perfect for heavy droolers. Also possible is flush-mount straps so they sit on or slightly above the screen.

The feedback our keyguard supplier gets is that people don’t like to use straps in a couple circumstances. First, if you use the iPad flat on a table, it can rock on the strap buckles a little. Second, if a user is prone to distraction, the straps and their attachments can provide tempting targets for fidgeters to grab.


Snap-In Attachment

The most popular attachment, and the least expensive, is the snap-in attachment. A small flange, or ledge, is cut into the edges of the keyguard which slips under the edge of the case, holding the keyguard securely against the screen. It’s a semi-permanent installation, so it’s best for users who use a single app and don’t need to change it often. On rigid cases that are secured with screws, it actually becomes a permanent installation and can only be removed by loosening the screws.

The snap-in tabs require that the seal on a case’s with screen protectors to be broken to insert it. That means the case can no longer be waterproof. It’s easy enough to do, though.

This is also a great attachment for an easily distracted user, because there are no visible attachments with which to fiddle. The snap-in attachment works with almost every case we’ve ever tried, the exceptions being cases with too small a rim surrounding the iPad, or too-flexible material surrounding the screen.


Velcro Attachment

The Velcro attachment is an extra acrylic flange that is bonded to the top of the keyguard and extends over the bezel of the case. It provides a flat area for mounting with Velcro, though you could replace the Velcro with putty or mounting tape. It only works on a limited number of cases that have a wide bezel surrounding the screen. If the bezel is perfectly smooth and flat, it can even be mounted with suction tape. Don’t try suction tape on a textured or angled bezel. It won’ t work.

Though it only works on certain cases, the Velcro attachment is a great attachment if you need to remove and reattach the keyguard often. It’s great for users of multiple apps. Unless the keyguard is made with a thicker plastic, the Velcro attachment does hold the keyguard a bit off the screen.


Magnetic Attachment

The Magnetic attachment uses the same extra flange that extends over the bezel of the case.  However, instead of Velcro or tape, strong magnets are embedded in the flange.  It only works on a limited number of cases that have a wide and flat bezel surrounding the screen, and like the Velcro attachment, it holds the keyguard up off the screen.

Though it only works on certain cases, the magnetic attachment is the absolute best attachment if you need to remove and reattach the keyguard often.  Unlike Velcro or tape, the magnets ensure that the keyguard snaps into the exact same position every time it is attached.  In fact, the keyguard supplier reverses the polarity on two of the magnets so it’s impossible to attach upside down!  Great for blind users.


Please note: If you choose an attachment method that is not supported for your case, your order will be delayed while we contact you for a substitution.


There are many more keyguards being added all the time, many based on requests received from customers – please let us know if you have special requirements.

Once your quote request has been received a DTSL staff member will contact you about your custom keyguard.

iPad model

iPad 10.2" (7th / 8th / 9th Generation – 2019-2021), iPad 9.7" (5th / 6th Generation – 2017-2019), iPad Mini (6th generation – 2021), iPad Mini (5th generation – 2019), iPad Mini 4 (2015-2019), iPad Mini (1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation – 2012-2015), iPad Air (4th generation – 2020), iPad Air (3rd generation – 2019), iPad Air (2nd generation – 2014), iPad Air (1st generation – 2013), iPad Pro 12.9″ (3rd / 4th / 5th generation – 2018-2021), iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st / 2nd generation – 2015-2018), iPad Pro 11″ (1st / 2nd/ 3rd generation – 2018-2021)

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