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Assistive Technology for learners with physical challenges


16th May, 2024 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

£30 per individual.

60 minute Online Learning workshop.

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 workshop, Paul will explore access technologies including switches, Eye Gaze and alternative keyboards and mice as well as the features which are available in Chromebooks, iPads and Windows laptops. We will consider access technologies for communication, learning, writing and recording, playing games and controlling appliances in the environment.

You will learn about the SETT assessment framework for identifying appropriate technologies for pupil's needs. 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?

Can't make it on the day or in a different time zone?
Sign up and you'll also receive a video recording of the event as well as a copy of the resources.

What you'll get

A recording of the session as well as a CLPL certificate which can be directly uploaded to myGTCS Professional Update and the HCPC CPD Audit.


Maximum of 30 participants so everyone can have an interactive collegiate learning experience.


You'll need a windows, Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.


The course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card. More information further down.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of assistive technologies for learners with physical challenges.
  • Awareness of the role of seating and positioning, and equipment mounting solutions.
  • Approaches to assessing the most suitable devices and software / apps.
  • The importance of providing accessible learning resources for all learners.
  • Awareness of accessibility solutions for playing computer games.

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)

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.


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).

Preparing for the course

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