New BRITE Seminar programme


Seminars graphicThe BRITE seminars for 2010/11 are now available for booking.

The next two upcoming seminars are:


Living Life to the Full on November 12th. This seminar is designed to help you develop strategies for supporting students with real life issues such as low self-esteem; anxiety; peer pressure; lifestyle choices; fear of exams etc.

Visual Impairment: Orientation, independent mobility and navigation techniques on November 22nd which explores a range of high-tech and low-tech strategies for assisting people with sight loss to get around your campus with confidence.

For full details see the Seminar page on the BRITE website
You can book online or or ring 0131 535 4756

If you are employed in a Scottish FE College, the seminars are available to you free of charge.

Other seminars for 2010/11 are:
Needs Assessors’ Assistive Technology Update Seminar
Computer Access for Students with Profound and Complex Needs
Teaching and Learning in a Creative Classroom
Technology to Assist Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students
Specific Literacy Difficulties – Effective Screening and Evidence

Study Day on the Use of Eye Gaze for Communication

Individual using eye-gaze technologyA Study Day to be held on Tuesday 9th November 2010 will explore issues surrounding eye gaze within both low tech and high tech communication systems and will help to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of such systems.

Eye Gaze or Eye Pointing has long been used to enable individuals with little movement to communicate.  In the last few years there has been a massive growth in the availability of high tech systems which allow users to control a computer or communication aid using only their eyes.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Mick Donegan from the University of East London and previously coordinator of the User Requirements element of the COGAIN project, which led research into the use of eye gaze technology by people with disabilities
  • Janet Scott, SCTCI, will present a number of short case studies providing a glimpse of some of the people who have worked with SCTCI to use eye gaze as their means of access to communication.
  • Claire Latham, formerly from the ACE Centre in Oxford will describe their Look2Talk project on learning to communicate by eye pointing to low tech systems.

The day is being run by Augmentative Communication In Practice: Scotland.  Full details of the day and how to register can be found on their site

Widgit Training Day “Creating Accessible Information” at CALL in March

If you missed out on our popular (over-subscribed!) January seminar which looked at creating inclusive learning resources to use with students who have complex needs, why not take up this opportunity to catch up with one of the presenters from that day?

Martin Fisher from Widgit will be leading a full training day at CALL Scotland on 3rd March 2010. As well as featuring inspiring case studies, the day will focus on using Communicate in Print, a symbol-supported desk top publisher, and Symwriter which can be used to create highly-visual interactive tasks.

Click here for full details of the Widgit Training Day at CALL, including information about how to book a place. This FREE event would also be useful to people who did attend the BRITE seminar, but who would like to spend more time on the software featured.

Online learning: social photo stories from Common Knowledge

CK Bullying ScreenshotCommon Knowledge is a Glasgow-based initiative which makes the most of online technology to produce innovative learning resources for adults with learning disabilities. Their websites contain inspiring examples of how to use photographs and students/service-user involvement to create information that is accessible, engaging, age-appropriate and relevant.

CK’s resources could be used in college with groups looking at topics related to independent living and confidence-building. A new site, CK Respect, provides information and support about how to deal with bullying and harassment, while CK Sex Talk looks at relationships, including tips for staying safe online. Both sites utilize photostories looking at real-life situations, with accessible features like audio and (something I haven’t seen before!) a feature which converts words into txtspk.

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