SENSwitcher: Still great, still free and still available


I designed my first program for switch users back in 1999 / 2000. I had attended a meeting where we discussed the possibility of creating ‘PMLD’ software that could run online and delivered through the Northern Grid for Learning web site. The result was SENSwitcher. 140 activities that could be operated with a switch, touch-screen or pointing device that could be configured to allow for specific student colour preferences, tracking speeds and more.

The program has been incredibly successful and I would argue led the way for programs such as Big Bang and others. I wrote a short teaching and assessment document to use alongside the program and I still see this being used in schools as the basis of their own assessment systems. Despite the huge advances in technology since those early days, Senswitcher still works fine through a browser on the PC and Mac. It’s still free… why not take a look?

SENSwitcher Online

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. brittandrus

    Ian, I am an occupational therapist from the US. We have used SenSwitcher for many years with our single switch users. It is an excellent program. We are unable to use it at this time. Is there a link or a way to download it? Any information would be appreciated.

    1. Ian Bean

      Hi Brittany. I have added a link above your comment to enable you to download the offline version of the program. Do let me know how you get on.
      I do plan to put the files online on my web site very soon.

      1. raju

        i have tried and not been able to access the website for some time.
        could you send me a link please.
        my son is autistic with severe global development delay.

  2. lynne Davies

    I also just tried, the link just takes you to an error page. Northern Grid etc page not found
    It has always worked before.

    1. Amanda Hummel

      So sad because in the school system you can’t download things to the computer we love Senswitcher great for children with visual impairments. Please bring it back

    2. Kendra Bacon

      I too am having the same problem. I wasn’t sure if it had to do with my firewall at school…but it has the same message that Lynne stated.

  3. Cindy

    I tried too. We are in Canada and have used it for years. Our old link or the one above do not seem to be working.

  4. gayathri

    hi i have been using this programme for the past 3 years for my differently abled son who has global developmental delay. unfortunately we have not been able to use the programme for the past 2 months. i would appreciate it if there was a way to resolve this problem as i have seen amazing results with my son whilst using this programme. please help.

  5. David

    Hi Ian have been using this program with my Disabilty clients for many years. Looks like the Northerngrid website is down or is undergoing maintenace/reorganisation etc. Is it possible to have a link to down load the program?

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