Beyond the Switch: Affordable Eye Gaze for Instructional Access and Communication


For many years, switch access has been the only option for many of our students with motoric challenges. Even once eye gaze technology became available, it was either too unreliable, challenging, or cost-prohibitive for school districts or our students’ families.

Recently, new, more affordable technology has emerged that is more accurate, forgiving, and customizable in terms of providing access to computer based activities and communication opportunities.

During our time together, participants will get an in-depth view of the technology, be able to identify potential candidates, explore eye gaze training software providing opportunities for individuals to develop the skills necessary to control a mouse cursor with their eyes, and how to collect and capture student data. Ideas for maximizing user success and opportunities to review 3rd party software designed to support communication access will also be shared.

Intended Audience: Parents and professionals who support a student or students with complex needs.

Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch provided)


5/4/2017 8:30 AM - 5/4/2017 3:00 PM


Virginia Tech T/TAC AT Lab
Blacksburg, VA


Lora Beeken


Communication - AT Communication/Language Computer Access - AT