ICT and Inclusion 2011

In June, CALL Scotland, BRITE and JISC RSC Scotland North and East worked together to offer two days of free exhibitions and demonstrations of technology for students with additional support needs.

Attendees, including many colleagues from the further education sector, enjoyed the opportunity to see a large range of resources all in one place. There was also a chance to meet suppliers, ask questions and gain more in-depth information where required.

In addition to a timetable of supplier sessions focusing on key products, members of the BRITE team joined CALL, JISC and local practitioners to deliver presentations looking at ways in which technology may be used to create more inclusive learning environments.

Sessions were very well-attended, in some instances there was standing room only! Read on for summaries of the BRITE workshops, including useful links.

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Communication Matters Road Show visits Northern Ireland in June

While BRITE is a Scottish initiative, the success of our virtual training which takes place entirely online, has enabled participants from further afield to join us.

At the moment, many of our online trainees are based in Northern Ireland. With this in mind, we’ll endeavour to include news of events relevant to all our trainees as our readership expands.

On June 21st 2011 the Communication Matters Road Show will visit Belfast. These days are free to attend, but you do need to register in advance.

The focus of the day is on the latest technology for people with complex needs who may require specialist technology to communicate and/or to access a computer by alternative means.

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Innovative approach to creating music

Thank you to a participant on one of our vFILS virtual courses, who spotted this story about an interesting application of assistive technology.

BBC Radio Four recently featured a student, Charlotte White, who plays classical music by using head movements and switches.

Click here to read the accompanying BBC article where you will also find links to a video of Charlotte performing a cello solo, and to Drake Music, where she learned the access techniques.

Charlotte’s story illustrates an unusual and successful use of alternative access methods. While recognising her impressive achievements, the article also considers the challenges students creating music using alternative methods may face if they wish to be entered for traditional exams.

Image taken from a YouTube clip of Charlotte performing a cello solo