Productive Single-switch Scanning? You make the call!

Thursday, September 29, 2016 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT16-WEB23-AR
Webinar Fee: $49

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Discuss how single switch scanning can be leveraged to provide both independence and productivity for persons with the most severe mobility limitations. Technology configurations will be presented for single switch power wheelchair navigation, smartphone operation, and desktop computing access. Each area will focus on maximizing productivity, and will be supported by video demonstrations. Keys to successfully implementing single switch control will be highlighted in terms of increasing independence, reliability, and optimal performance. Those who believe single switch scanning is merely an option of last resort will be given cause to rethink that perception.

Submit Your Questions Ahead of Time!

ATIA & Darren Gabbert would like to invite all registered attendees to submit any questions that they may have about single-switch scanning ahead of the live broadcast by Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Darren has an advanced form of spinal muscular atrophy and has successfully used single-switch scanning for 10 years. Submitting your questions ahead of time will allow Darren the opportunity to address them fully during his presentation and provide you with all of the information you need.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify one primary strength and one primary weakness for each of three minimal muscle activity switches.
  2. Discuss at least three keys to successful single switch power wheelchair navigation.
  3. List and describe at least three apps that enhance mobile device productivity through single switch scanning.
  4. Explain at least three factors that influence single-switch text entry efficiency.


Darren Gabbert

Sr. Business Operations Associate
University of Missouri
Darren Gabbert has a BS in Computer Science and is a Sr. Business Operations Associate for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Adaptive Computing Technology Center. He has been responsible for the direction and strategic planning of assistive technology services on the MU campus for over 25 years. Mr. Gabbert currently conducts research in robotic assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. He has served as co-PI on projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health. He also has an advanced form of spinal muscular atrophy and has successfully used single-switch scanning for 10 years. Recent presentations given: Assistive Technology Industry Association, February 2016; Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America, June 2014; PowerUp Conference, April 2011; and EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference, June 2010. Professional publications include “Advising Students with Disabilities: Striving for Universal Success,” National Academic Advising Association monograph, September 2009; “Certification and Training Opportunities for Access Technologists in Higher Education: A Survey of Resources,” Access Technology in Higher Education Network E-Journal, February 2009; “Adaptive Technology and Power Wheelchair Navigation: Voice Recognition Possibilities,” National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers Newsletter, September 2005.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes


Physical Access/Mobility - Computer Access/Positioning

Target Audience

AT Professionals, Family Members, Individuals with Disabilities, OTs

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