We had the most amazing guest for our regular seminar series. Becky Tyler is 16 years old. She has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and uses special technology to access her computer.
Eye gaze, a still relatively new technology, has changed Becky’s life in terms of enabling her to use the computer more effectively. However, accessing mainstream software using this technology can still be a challenge. Although eye gaze compatible software is still a niche market, Microsoft is now preparing its operating system Windows 10 for eye gaze support and recent tech developments by SpecialEffect have made the probably most successful computer game ever, Minecraft, eye gaze compatible.
Seminar: Voice@Work with Jan-Oliver Wülfing und Prof Gregor Renner
This seminar will address employment issues faced by people who use AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).
Jan will present his project Voice@Work which had the aim to develop a guide for employers for the inclusion of people with complex communication needs (CCN) in an ergonomically designed regular workplace.
Seminar: Self-created Film as Assistive Tool in Storytelling for Children with Complex Communication Needs
A new exciting collaboration with Holland about using film to support storytelling for children with complex communication needs. Mascha Legel, who has started her PhD on the subject, will visit the Dundee AAC Group next week and present her work during our weekly seminars on Thursday, 15 Jan, 12pm. All welcome!
Assistant Principal and Head of Technology at Scope’s Beaumont College, Rohan Slaughter, visited the School of Computing today to report and discuss a new role in education, the Assistive Technologist.
His presentation defined the Assistive Technologist (AT) role as it is used at Scope’s Beaumont College and at other Colleges around the Country with a view to discussing how we can train assistive technologists in future. In presenting and defining the role he drew on the practical experiences of developing and implementing the role at Beaumont College and at other Colleges. Beaumont College has worked in partnership with two other independent specialist colleges to deliver the Jisc funded Dart project.