Single Switch Scanning: Strategies, Outcomes and Keys to Success

Scheduled at 3:00pm in Virtual B on Thursday, January 1 (2020).



  • DARREN GABBERT, Sr. Business Operations Associate , University of Missouri

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


Single Switch Scanning: Strategies, Outcomes & Keys to Success will introduce the technology access method of single-switch scanning for power users, address longstanding perceptions of it’s efficacy, and present a case study showing best practices for optimized switch access.


Presentation and demonstration of optimized single-switch scanning for powered mobility, smartphone access, desktop productivity, and augmentative and alternative communication. Outcomes presented reflect how technology empowerment has outpaced disease progression over a 25 year period. Strategies and keys to success can be applied generally to all AT solutions.


  1. gain a new perspective on what many rehabilitation professionals call “the option of last resort”
  2. We will explain switch access strategies related to technology access and productivity
  3. Discuss generalized keys to successful assistive technology solutions.

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Research, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)


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 provided adaptive technology services on the MU campus for over 30 years. Mr. Gabbert has served as co-PI on projects funded by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health. He also collaborates with the College of Engineering to conduct research in robotic assistive technology. Mr. Gabbert has an advanced form of spinal muscular atrophy and has continued to be productive using single-switch scanning for the past 14 years.