I am an adviser with JISC Techdis based at the Higher Education Academy in York. Techdis is a JISC Advance advisory service specialising in the use of technology to overcome disability. We do however view learning, teaching and assessment in a holistic way and advocate the use of inclusive practices which will benefit all learners.
The strap line for this blog – ‘Have High Expectations’ is taken from the Ofsted Special Educational Needs and Disability Review published in the second half of 2010. Children and young people learn best is when – ‘respect for individuals was reflected in high expectations for their achievement’.
I have been using technology with learners with special needs for over 20 years. It is enabling and supportive and does not have to be complicated or difficult. I believe that all technology is assistive – whether it is vari-focal contact lenses or a large tracker ball mouse. It all enables someone to do a job in a better and more efficient way than they could have done without it.