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Posted on May 24, 2022

Get started with alternative access in Grid

In this workshop, you will explore how four main methods of alternative access (eye gaze, pointer, switch and touch) work in Grid 3 (Windows) – our flagship AAC software for people with disabilities. This course is ideal for people who want to learn more about setting up these access methods for different needs and requirements, and using them with different grid sets.

The workshop is delivered online and lasts 3 hours. Further dates will be released throughout the year.

Tuesday 4 October
4pm-7pm BST / 11am-2pm EDT
Tickets cost £20 / US$25

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Thursday 17 November
8:00am-11:00am GMT / 5:30pm – 8:30pm ACST
Tickets cost £20 / US$25

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This training will cover: 

  • How to set up and use the four alternative access methods in Grid AAC software for different needs
  • Interacting with different grid sets, from symbol and text vocabularies to accessible apps and simple environment control
  • Motivating AAC users adjust to their access methods with types of content
  • Any questions you may have about access methods or Grid

By the end of the workshop attendees will be confident making adaptations to grid sets for different access methods. At the end of the workshop, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Touch Pad user


What do we mean by access?

Eye gaze

Eye-gaze technology allows you to navigate and control your computer by tracking where you are looking. Eye gaze is often seen as the most flexible access method as it can be used across a variety of conditions and abilities.


This is when you interact with your Grid by moving a mouse and pointer and activate cells by click, dwell, or activating a switch.

You can use a traditional mouse, or opt for head trackers, motion trackers or joysticks.


Switch is when you use an external switch to interact with your device. This may be a simple button or a more complex device activated by facial expressions or muscle movements.


This refers to using your fingers or a stylus to active a cell on your grid. You can combine touch with other access methods or use independently.

Options for training

We have a range of training resources to suit you, including options for beginners in Grid, a variety of free webinars and personalised training.

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Our software is used by people with disabilities from all over the world. We have solutions for everything from getting started with AAC to controlling your PC.

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