Assistive technology (AT) is an enabler. I see the difference it makes to me, to the students I support and to my clients, every day. I believe AT should be part of a Universal Design for Learning approach, and not a ‘bolt-on’ to less inclusive ones.
As Assistive Technology Officer for aDShe from 2014-2016, I encouraged tutors to gain AT training to enable them to be more inclusive, with the aim of embedding AT into 1:1 sessions with our students. I am proud to have created and co-produced the first aDShe accredited AT training for SpLD tutors in partnership with the Sonocent Audio Notetaker team. In 2016, I overhauled the annual conference format, inviting Assistive Technology companies to display stalls, sponsor awards and deliver workshops, fostering partnership working between aDShe and the sector to benefit all. It is a legacy of which I am proud.
People have the perception that I am tech savvy but I really am not. What I make sure that I do is remain open to new ways of working, take the time and make the effort to adapt, and have a commitment to investing in my own lifelong learning and in supporting others in theirs. I urge you to do the same.