Ash Field Academy
** Ash Field is CLOSED to all pupils. All parents have been been contacted. If you are a key worker and need to find a placement for you child/ren please contact the Administration Team on 0116 454 6216 / 6217 all other enquires please contact your class teacher through Class Dojo **

Assistive Technology

Many forms of assistive technology are available at Ash Field Academy.

Various devices, systems and software which enable individuals to perform tasks and contribute to activities, offer new and exciting opportunities in their education, socially and towards independence.


  • A switch is an assistive technology device that replaces the need to use a computer keyboard or a mouse.
  • The 'BIG mack' device can be used on its own or with an external switch.
  • Alternative mice and keyboards are available to enable computer access.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • A communication aid is a piece of equipment which can be accessed by touch or switch scanning. It allows symbols, pictures, letters, words or phrases to generate voice output.
  • Eye gaze systems allow individuals to access a computer. They have a camera which tracks where your eyes are looking. This enables you to move the mouse pointer around the screen.
  • iPads with problem solving and multi-sensory apps designed to motivate and meet the needs of our pupils



Examples of Assistive Technologies:


Picture 1 A 'BIG mack' device
Picture 2 Mini Mouse
Picture 3 Bright Keyboard with Large Keys
Picture 4 Eye Tracking Device
Picture 5 iPad App - Cause & Effect Sensory Light Box
Picture 6 iPad App - Grid Player
Picture 7 iPad App - PECS
Picture 8 iPad App - Sensory Magma


Page Updated 29/09/16 by cfrancis