AAC - Switch Scanning

This videos provides an introduction to the kinds of access methods and technologies available to those using AAC. Whilst the videos are for the most part aimed at those with a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease, all access methods and technologies featured are available to those referred to BCAS. Choices will be made during an initial assessment as to what kind of technology is appropriate.


For the right individual, Switch Scanning is a simple yet highly effective way of navigating your chosen communication programme. This access method is achieved by means of gross or fine body movement, where the pressing of a switch controls selections –the individual hits the switch when the target item is highlighted onscreen. Switches can also come in a variety of forms and sizes that cater for different body movements, such as pressing the switch with the hand or the head.