Developing Switching Skills
For many individuals with severe physical disabilities switching offers the only method of accessing technology. For a switch to be used successfully an individual needs to work towards good physical control of the switch and the many perceptual and cognitive skills required when scanning. An individual should have the opportunity to use a switch to operate a range of activities from an early an age as possible.
What is a switch?
A switch is a device for making an electrical connection between two contacts. Most of us use ‘switches’ every day without thinking about it e.g. turning on a light or the radio. Switches enable the user to interact with their environment. There are many switches on the market that can meet the needs of individuals with disabilities to enable them to interact with their environment.
The ability to communicate is fundamental to a basic quality of life, yet for many people effective communication is difficult because of a physical impairment, language disorder or learning disability. We work with people of all ages who face such challenges.Find out more about the ACE Centre See all ACE Centre documents on the gateway