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Access to Technology for Learners with Physical Support Needs

This course explores access technologies for people with physical support needs. Some people have difficulty accessing digital technology using the more common interfaces such as touch screen, keyboard and mouse, and require either adjustments to the device or a different access method. You will have an opportunity to try out different access devices including for example alternative mice and keyboards, speech recognition, switch access, and eye-gaze. The physical placement of technology is crucial to enable effective access, so we will consider how this can be achieved. Sometimes, adjustments that are built into the device are all that is required, so we will review what is available for Windows, iPad and Chromebook. The options are many and varied: how do we decide on the most effective tools? We will finish by exploring processes for identifying and evaluating access technologies.



27th February 2020
University of Edinburgh

Half-day course
(9:30am - 12:30pm)

What you will learn

  • Classify the range of access tools that enable people to control and interact with digital technologies
  • Demonstrate understanding of Accessibility and Ease of Access facilities in Windows, iOS and Chrome OS.
  • Formulate a process for systematically identifying and evaluating access technologies for your person context.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Additional Support Needs staff in Education including VI Specialists and Teachers
  • Support for Learning staff, Pupil Support Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff
  • Support Workers

Meet your presenter(s)

Paul Nisbet
Engineer and Educational Technologist

Paul is a Senior Research Fellow and has an engineering background. He's involved in CALL's assessment and support service for pupils, with a particular responsibility for access technology for pupils with physical disabilities; and for technology to enable students with dyslexia or literacy difficulties access the curriculum.

About the day

  • Duration: 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Registration: Room 1.20, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.