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Assistive Technology for Learners with Physical Access Needs

Pupils with physical support needs benefit from using Assistive Technology in many ways. For some of us, technology makes life easier or more convenient, but for people with physical challenges, technology may offer the only way to independently access learning, information, employment, to communicate, to control the physical environment, and to be independently mobile.

In this course, Paul and Claire will discuss and demo access technologies which will include the use of switches, Eye Gaze, keyboard access mice and pointing devices as well as the features which are available in mainstream electronic devices such as the iPad or on Windows laptops.

You will learn about the SETT assessment framework which can be used to help decide on the best technologies for a particular pupil. What are the most important considerations? What learning needs to take place to make sure everyone is on board with making the implementation of the technology successful for the pupil?

There will be the opportunity to see the technologies being used by pupils with physical challenges in school settings to access the curriculum.



3rd November 2022
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To learn what assistive technologies exist to support learners with physical challenges.
  • To consider how to choose the most suitable devices and software / apps.
  • To understand the assessment and evaluation process to identify the best technology support package.
  • To find ready made resources for curricular activities and communication.
  • To understand the importance of providing accessible resources for all learners.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Teachers and Pupil Support Assistants.
  • Support for Learning staff.
  • ITE and PG students and NQTs.
  • Learners, their families and friends.

Meet your presenter(s)

Claire Harrison
Assistive Technology and Complex Needs Officer

Claire has over 15 years teaching experience in the classroom as a teacher of children and young people with complex needs. Claire joined the CALL team in 2017 as a development officer for assistive technology and complex additional support needs. She is particularly interested in the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills for learners with complex needs.

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 event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


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.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).