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Assistive Technology to Support Learners with Physical Difficulties

Assistive Technology has much to offer the learner with complex learning needs caused by a combination of sensory, cognitive, physical and communication impairment. This course will look at how you can use switch and eye gaze technologies to motivate, engage, include and empower learners to communication more effectively and control the environment.

Our expert team will examine the fundamentals of switch and eye gaze technology, exploring considerations, assessments and frameworks for supporting implementation. Participants will consider how switches and eye gaze can be used in their classrooms across the curriculum and how to create learning opportunities to motivate and engage.

The course is most appropriate for those who are new to switches and eye gaze and no previous experience is required.



31st January 2019
University of Edinburgh

Morning Seminar £40
(9:30am - 12:30pm)

with Workshop NA
no workshop

What you will learn

  • Identify which switch and eye gaze technologies are available
  • Consider how switch and eye gaze technologies can support learning
  • Examine assessment and teaching frameworks and explore how to use them
  • Investigate strategies and ideas to support implementation of switch and eye gaze technologies in class.

Who is the seminar aimed at?

  • Teachers (including pre-school), Additional Support Needs staff / assistants working in a complex needs setting
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff
  • Support Workers including respite care staff
  • Parents and other family members

Meet your presenter(s)

Claire Harrison
Assistive Technology and Complex Needs Officer

My role involves: assessment and support of individual learners and research and development projects.

What the research says



About the day

Morning Seminar

  • Duration: 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Class size: No more than 50
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.


  • Room: , University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ