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Assistive Technology Event in London!

Last week we had the pleasure of travelling to London to attend the Communication Works (South Event) organised by CENMAC and in partnership with The Ace Centre. The focus is on Assistive Technology and it is particularly exciting this year as New Bridge School are hosting the very first Communication Works (North Event) this Thursday. Each event brings together educational leaders, teachers, practitioners, tech innovators and those that use the technology. It is an incredible event and we were able to see some amazing examples of AT in use.

The event has a wide range of tech on display with exhibition stalls from Sensory Guru, EyeTech, Liberator, AV1 and BrightSign, to name a few. This is a great opportunity to see what the world of Assistive Technology has to offer. It is so exciting!

Then there was a long list of seminars to choose from throughout the day. Here are some of them that we attended.

Scribeasy – an immersive storytelling platform using photos, notes, characters, audio, etc within an immersive environment to support creativity.

Tobi Dynovox Eye Gaze and Dragon Voice Command – hearing from students who use eye tracking to be creative and paint pictures and/or the use of voice activation to play games and message or email others. So inspiring to hear from students in this seminar!

C-Pen – a scanning pen which reads aloud printed text. This can be used to support comprehension, great for inclusion in group reading, and are allowed to be used as access arrangements in exams.

OrCam Learn – a scanning pen which also supports VI learners by capturing text from any distance within the classroom. The laser pen frames the word, sentence or whole book and can be read aloud to the pupil. It will also capture text on classrooms screens so that pupils can be supported in the reading of words on presentations too.

Cosmo Switch – an interactive switch that uses colour and music linking to iPads. The switch acts as an instrument to explore and make music together or even use as sound effects for interactive story telling.

AAC – Megans story – a case study on the journey of a young person who used paper based pecs symbols and moved on to communication books then

This is so interesting as we venture into the world of AAC apps we need to be so careful that the pupils are using the correct app and vocabulary. We have to consider the complexity of AAC, is it too simple or too difficult? Also the efficiency of use; is the set/grid quick to use or do they need to go back? Therefore it is so important we work closely with our SALT before using any AAC apps.

The big takeaway from such an inspiring day was seeing the impact the technology has had on the lives of the students. It was a great and we can’t wait for Thursday!

 

 

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