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Assistive Technology to support visual impairment

iPads have great potential for pupils who are visually impaired or blind and who need a portable, flexible and easy to use tool to access their curriculum through the Internet (e.g. Glow), eBooks and digital materials, and for finding out information, reading, writing and recording.

The course will provide a practical hands-on opportunity to explore the potential of the inbuilt operating system and will demonstrate how the 'Accessibility' features address different pupil access needs through case examples. A range of specialist apps (either free or low cost) and hardware will be covered with emphasis on what they offer to pupils who are blind or visually impaired.



17th January 2019
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
(4:00pm - 5:30pm)

What you will learn

  • Read and access digital texts and eBooks
  • Access interactive worksheets and assessments
  • Use as a portable note-taking, outlining and planning tool
  • Support literacy activities.
  • Access and share digital resources between iPads and desktop computers.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Additional Support Needs staff in all sectors of Education including VI Specialists and class teachers
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff
  • Support Workers including respite care staff
  • Parents and other family members

Meet your presenter(s)

Craig Mill
Assistive Technology Advisor

Probably better known for developing the AccessApps, a suite of portable open source and free learning support tools that can be run from a USB drive.

Craig is also the developer of the awards winning MyStudyBar - a handy tool to support learners with literacy difficulties. Craig is keeping abreast of new developments in technology, particularly technology to help overcome barriers to learning.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Equipment requirements: Mac or Windows PC (or laptop), internet connection, microphone optional.
  • Logging into the webinar room: Read here for full details and ensure you have tested the webinar link before the day.
  • Format of the Online Learning: You will hear our presenters discussing and demonstrating assistive software and apps. There will be opportunities to ask questions using your microphone or typing into a Message box. There will be 'breakout rooms' which you will be split up into (we will do that for you from our side) and it gives the opportunity to have a more active learning experience and the chance to have smaller group discussions.
  • Weblink: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.