Grid 3 Software – The Gold Standard in Augmentative and Alternative CommunicationThis article is one of a series of articles discussing why Grid 3 software is ideal for quadriplegic assistive technology.  Communications devices for quadriplegics need to have custom options, as no two disabilities are alike. Today we will discuss accessible tools and apps, input methods and computer control.

Grid 3 software accessible tools and apps

Speech generating devices and environmental control units for disabled individuals (i.e. the autonoME, which combined both speech and environmental control features) can be a lifeline for a person with the disability and their caregivers.  Grid 3 software includes accessible apps, tools and Grid Sets for home, work and school that allow the user to do just about anything, including:

  • Taking photos
  • Using an Android telephone
  • Sending text messages
  • Listening to music
  • Send e-mails
  • Using Social Media – Facebook/Twitter/YouTube

Input Methods

Grid 3 software includes apps, tools and Grid Sets that can be controlled using various input methods, which is an important feature with any type of adaptive equipment for quadriplegics:

  • Touch
  • Voice
  • Eye Gaze
  • Switch Scanning (including Sip and Puff)
  • Head Tracking

Computer Control

Grid 3 software allows users to control their Windows based computers.  They can surf the web, send e-mails with attachments, watch videos, and operate numerous computer applications using the computer control options that are most comfortable for them:

  • Zoom to click
  • Dwell to click
  • Switch
  • Radar mouse
  • SwiftKey prediction

Grid 3 software and the versatility of the autonoME’s speech generation device (SGD) and environmental control unit (ECU) features is what makes it the preferred SGD / ECU in hospital and residential settings.