Education technology support webinar
This webinar from 14 October 2020,looked at technology and specialist equipment available within education for blind and partially sighted children.
Technology within education has come a long way over the last few years. Keeping abreast of what specialist equipment is available and what it is capable of can be daunting. Our webinar looked at how this can support young blind and partially sighted learners in education and what is available.
The expert panel comprised representatives from Humanware, Sight and Sound, Guide Dogs and RNIB, and was chaired by TPT’s Technology Information Champion, Darren Paskell.
Watch the webinar
Get in touch
You can also check out the VitalTech website which has details of assistive technology.
Other contact details
Contact details for the organisations on our expert panel are:
RNIB Bookshare – visit www.rnibbookshare.org or phone 0300 303 8313
Guide Dogs – visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk or phone 0800 781 1444
Helpful links from the webinar
Braille Lego – www.legobraillebricks.com
Living Paintings – https://livingpaintings.org
RSBC learning Braille – www.rsbc.org.uk/advice/helping-your-child-learn-braille
If you require further support or guidance with appeals for education health care plans (EHCPs) contact your local IAS service which can be found here:
For support with appeals or if you would like templates for EHCPs please go to IPSEA:
For the SEND code of practice:
If you are interested in applying for grants for equipment visit:
About the panel
Martin Roberts works for HumanWare and specialises in providing demonstrations and technical support for HumanWare’s blindness product line throughout the UK. He has travelled widely, representing the company for many years, at times being accompanied both by a guide dog and a white cane.
Martin gained an in depth understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and challenges of mainstream and specialist education environments from his own experiences of attending both kinds of schools. He studied in Preston at the University of Central Lancashire, later joining HumanWare after graduating with a BA in social policy.
Though Martin is a keen technology enthusiast, he is particularly passionate about technologies that can make a positive difference and enrich people’s lives.
Stuart is Head of Content Creation and Business Development Manager at Sight and Sound Technology.
He oversees the company’s production of webinars, podcasts, blogs, videos and other media that is used across sales, training and customer service.
As Business Development Manager in Ireland, Stuart is responsible for driving the company’s activities across products, training, technical support and customer service.
He has over 20 years’ experience working in the Assistive Technology sector and is totally blind.
He believes passionately that technology is the greatest equaliser for people with disabilities and is particularly interested in how assistive and mainstream technology can work hand-in-hand to enhance access.
Shiraz is an experienced QTVI who originally trained as an ICT teacher and has worked with a range of children with VI across Key Stages since 2010.
Previously, he led an Additional Resource Centre in a large secondary mainstream school with a high number of braillists and specific technology needs.
Currently, Shiraz splits his time working for Guide Dogs two days a week as a Special Education Support Officer and three days a week as a Peri QTVI for a local authority.
Stacy works as Bookshare (UK education resources for VI learners) and Publisher Relationships Manager at RNIB. She also sits on a number of ancillary boards and panels, including being a Trustee of Merton Vision and a member of the Regional Stakeholder Network for Parliament.
Outside of work, Stacy can usually be found travelling; walking her dog; tandem riding; caving; climbing or skiing.
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