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Using ICT & iPads to Create Accessible Classrooms for Pupils with Severe and Profound Needs

Learn about using switches, switch adapted technology, specialist software and apps to support learning and access to the curriculum for pupils with severe and profound needs. From early sensory learning, understanding of cause and effect, to switch control and choosing independently, we will explore the range of access options and strategies for implementation in the classroom. There will time for hands on, including accessible software, books, music and basic AAC devices.



course cost is £120

Ref: BA26

Our trainer(s)

Joanna Courtney

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 11 years' experience of working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, spending her first 7 years working in a Special School. She has an Honours degree (BSc) in Speech and Language Pathology from Queen Margaret University and her particular area of interest is enabling peer interaction and group opportunities for people who use AAC.

Gillian McNeill

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Gillian’s specialism is in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, drawn from 25 years working within a regional AAC team in Fife, before joining CALL Scotland in 2011. Through this she has built experience from developing a multi-agency AAC partnership, carrying out assessments, implementing support services, delivering training and contributing to AAC projects. Having worked with people with complex communication support needs of all ages - children and adults - her key area of interest presently, is supporting pupils to access learning and communication, through technology.


About the day


The course starts at 9:30am and finishes at 3:30pm.

Lunch and refreshments

  • Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the morning;
  • Selection of biscuits will be available;
  • A generous lunch to keep you full up.


There are a selection of rooms to cater for varying group sizes. Each person will have access to a laptop or an iPad (if required).

Our courses are run at our training centre at the University of Edinburgh (10 minute walk from Waverley station and just off the Royal Mile).