TechAbility Conference 2019 – Raising Standards

About the conference

The theme of the 2019 TechAbility conference is raising standards. It aims to showcase the very best practice in assistive technology provision for all learners , whatever their requirements. Attending is a must if you’re interested in integrating assistive technology into your provision, getting first-rate outcomes from best practice, or if you just want to learn a little more about how assistive technology can help your learners .

Keynote speakers

Three excellent keynote speakers are lined up to speak at the conference. They are:

  • Janice Murray, Professor of Communication Disability (AAC), Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sal Cooke OBE, Karten Network Trustee, British Assistive Technology Association Council Member
  • Robert McLaren, Head of Industry Technology and Innovation, Policy Connect

Our keynote speakers all bring a wealth of experience about assistive technology in different environments. All will discuss how we can raise standards in assistive technology provision for learners across the board.

Workshops

Workshops are available on a wide range of topics. Whether you’re looking for expert advice or an introduction to approaches to assistive tech, there is something on offer for everyone.

Professionals from general further education colleges will likely find the workshops on assistive technology solutions for visual impairment highly useful, and will get a lot out of Rohan Slaughter’s workshop on what specialist and FE colleges can learn from each other.

Specialists will benefit from workshops that will stretch their practice. The include the results of a new study on using eye-gaze and speech technologies to code and of a research project on appropriate symbol communicational aids. If you’ve ever wondered what your college could get out of 3-D printing, or how to use switches effectively, there are workshops on those too.

TechAbility is also excited to introduce the TechAbility Standards at a workshop at the conference. These standards will outline best practice for assistive technology in further education. They’re useful if you’re just starting out or if you’re looking for something to judge existing practice against.

Full details of all workshops are available in the programme below.

Cost

£100+vat for non-members

£50+vat for Natspec members (specialist providers) & members of the Karten Network

£80+vat for Transform members (other providers)  Become a Transform member

If you would like to book a room for the evening before the conference the Rowton Hotel is offering a discounted rate of £61 B&B. Please quote Natspec TechAbility conference when booking.

 

Booking is now closed. Please contact info@natspec.org.uk for any queries.

 

General information

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 7 days prior to the event. After this time full event fees will apply.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

10 practical steps to include more learners

A packed day to raise your awareness of a wide range of solutions for inclusion.

10 quick fire topics covering a wide range of assistive hardware, software and techniques such as tablet accessibility, phone apps, camera access, voice access, Office Learning Tools, digital resources and more.

“All of the topics were delivered extremely well, and were delivered in a flexible way which made the training content really meaningful”

“I found the session extremely informative: all the topics covered were new to me”

Previous workshop attendees

Cost

£80+vat for non-members

£60+vat for Transform members Become a Transform member

£40+vat for full Natspec members

Bookings for this event are now closed. To be put on the waiting list, please email info@natspec.org.uk

General information

We will send you an e-mail confirmation and joining instructions, including a venue map approximately one week before the event.

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 5 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 5 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

10 practical steps to include more learners

A packed day to raise your awareness of a wide range of solutions for inclusion.

10 quick fire topics covering a wide range of assistive hardware, software and techniques such as tablet accessibility, phone apps, camera access, voice access, Office Learning Tools, digital resources and more.

Please see the flyer for further information.

Cost

£80+vat for non-members

£60+vat for Transform members Become a Transform member

£40+vat for full Natspec members

Book now using the form below

Bookings are now closed, if you would like to be added to the waiting list please email info@natspec.org.uk

General information

We will send you an e-mail confirmation and joining instructions, including a venue map approximately one week before the event.

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 5 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 5 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

Emerging Technologies for Accessibility

Come and learn about how cutting edge technologies like EyeControl, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Voice Control can improve access to learning for learners with SEND.

Get a chance to try some technologies for yourself and discuss the possibilities for dynamic and accessible learning.

Cost

£40+vat for full Natspec members

£60+vat for Transform members Become a Transform member

£80+vat for non-members

Bookings are now closed for this event 

General information

We will send you an e-mail confirmation and joining instructions, including a venue map approximately one week before the event.

Please notify us in writing if you wish to make any amendments to your booking, to make a substitution or a cancellation.

Cancellations can be accepted without charge up to 5 days prior to the event, after this time full event fees will apply, you will be charged if you are using a free place and cancel up to 5 days before.

Natspec reserves the right to cancel or alter the course for reasons beyond its control.

Microsoft Accessibility: Exploring Windows 10

This webinar will take a brief look at Windows 10 tools and features built in to help those with accessibility needs.

Arran Smith is Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant.

He has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years, is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic he uses technology to support his needs and without this he would not be doing what he is doing today.

BOOK HERE

Microsoft Accessibility: Office 365 Online

During this webinar Arran will be talking about all the free tools and features built-in for those with accessibility needs.

Arran Smith is Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant.

He has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years, is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic he uses technology to support his needs and without this he would not be doing what he is doing today.

BOOK HERE

Don’t miss out on the final webinar in this series

Microsoft Accessibility: Microsoft Word

Following on from a popular session at the TechAbility 2018 conference Arran Smith has kindly agreed to outline Microsoft’s accessibility features in a series of four webinars

This webinar will look at Microsoft Word and the tools and features that are built-in to support those with accessibility needs.

Arran Smith is Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant.

He has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years, is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic he uses technology to support his needs and without this he would not be doing what he is doing today.

BOOK HERE 

 

Don’t miss out on the other webinars in this series

Microsoft Accessibility: OneNote and Learning Tools

Following on from a popular session at the TechAbility 2018 conference Arran Smith has kindly agreed to outline Microsoft’s accessibility features in a series of four webinars

This webinar will look at using OneNote’s accessibility tools and features especially those that help and support dyslexic students.

Arran Smith is Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant.

He has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years, is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic he uses technology to support his needs and without this he would not be doing what he is doing today.

BOOK HERE

Don’t miss out on the other three webinars