Types of 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.
Please click the images below to learn more about each type of assistive technology.
TechAbility is an Assistive Technology support service who aim to improve outcomes for learners with SEND in mainstream and specialist further education.
The ETF have developed a series of videos that show how settings can be adjusted on devices and programs to make sure learners get the best from their technology.
The AAC Coach is developing an online AAC parent coaching platform to help the parents of AAC users.
Ace Centre is a charity specialising in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT).
Communication Matters aims to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of the needs of people who struggle to communicate.
PrAACtical AAC are determined to improve the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties.
CALL Scotland has produced a series of 2 free online learning modules for individuals to review their current knowledge and develop best practice, and to ensure positive outcomes for people who use AAC.
SpecialEffect has developed Eye Gaze Games, a place where people can play free and accessible web games together. It's been designed to be compatible with as many eye gaze cameras as possible.
Tobii Dynavox develops communication apps, speech generating devices, eye trackers and eye gaze-enabled devices for individuals with disabilities and special needs who require AAC.
Accessible Tech Thursdays
The DfE's EdTech Demonstrator Programme has created 24 short webinars (between 20 to 40 mins) focusing on the best ways to integrate accessible technology into your classrooms – enabling you to improve the outcomes for all of your learners.
The back catalogue can be found on their YouTube page or by opening the document below and clicking the links within.
A network for those supporting learners with physical disability
pdnet is a free to join, national network that provides professionals in education with support in promoting positive outcomes for children and young people with a physical disability. Ash Field Academy is a pdnet champion and has a strong commitment to developing and sharing effective educational practice and pedagogy for learners with physical disability. For more information and free training please see attached flyer.
pdnet champions at Ash Field Academy are: Ellen Croft and Jane Lynch. You can contact us on AFTA@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk
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The Assistive Technology Assessment Centre provides support to Leicester City's Primary, Secondary and Specialist Schools who are seeking to include pupils with physical disabilities. If you are interested in referrals for assistive technology assessment, please see the below link.