A great many people suffer from neurological movement disorders that render typical hardware interface devices ineffective. A need exists for a universal interface device that can be trained to accept a wide range of inputs across varying types and severities of movement disorders. In this regard, this paper details the design, testing and optimization of an accelerometer-based gesture identification system. A Bluetooth-enabled IMU mounted on the wrist provides hand motion trajectory information to a local terminal. Several techniques are applied to decrease the intra-class variance and reduce classifier complexity including filtering, segmentation and temporal scaling. Datasets consisted of 520 training samples, 260 validation samples and a further 520 testing samples. A multi-layer feed forward artificial neural network (ML-FFNN) was used to classify the input space into 26 different classes. Initial system accuracy, using arbitrary hyperparameters was 77.69% with final optimized accuracy at 99.42%.