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Assistive Technology Trends

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Dr Abi James' presentation from Iansyst Assess 2010 conference on trends in Assistive Technology.

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Assistive Technology Trends

  1. 1. Latest trends in Assistive Technology Solutions.<br />Abi James<br />iansyst<br />
  2. 2. What do we mean by assistive technology?<br />An umbrella term for any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed <br /> World Health Organisation <br />
  3. 3. So when does technology become assistive technology?<br /><ul><li>When it is applied to meet access needs?
  4. 4. When it improves productivity?</li></ul>Mainstream technology can easily become assistive technology<br />
  5. 5. Assistive or Mainstream?<br />
  6. 6. Personal computing developments since 2006<br />2010 student intake have been exposed to these tools at home & school<br />
  7. 7. Technology Trends affecting AT<br />Portability & mobile devices<br />Anywhere computing; anywhere internet access<br /><ul><li> cloud computing</li></ul>New ways of paying<br /><ul><li>subscription / app model / free & shareware</li></ul>Touch interface<br /><ul><li>Mobiles and full size devices</li></li></ul><li>Key Technology Trends<br />Mainstream 2011-2014<br />E-books became mainstream during 2009<br />
  8. 8. Use of mobile technology in the real world…<br />Recent survey of 238 users:<br />17% said their mobile was more important than their computer<br />85% said their phone had a calendar of which 74% said they used it<br />62% accessed the internet on their phones<br />Over 78% interacted with text files in someway on their phones<br />
  9. 9. Graduate skills & assistive technology use<br />Assistive technology usage is higher when they receive training on it<br />Assistive technology use needs to be embedded within students coping strategies<br />For disabled students to gain graduate skills they must….<br />Embed assistive technology within their graduate skills<br />AND understand how to use those skills with the latest technology in the workplace<br />
  10. 10. We can’t tie students to their desks to use their assistive technology when the world is moving on….. <br />
  11. 11. Putting this into the DSA context<br />Assistive technology recommendations and training needs to take account of current & future technology usage – e.g. using literacy support tools when working online<br />Mainstream hardware can now be AT <br />How to we cope with new payment systems:<br />Downloadable apps<br />Web-based subscription services<br />
  12. 12. What are we going to see at the conference?<br />Student support:<br />Integrating assistive technology into study skills support<br />Screening for dyscalculia<br />Access to alternative formats & the Right to Read campaign<br />
  13. 13. What are we going to see at the conference?<br />Mainstream hardware for note taking & computer access<br />Touch screen technology developments in AT<br />Audio and handwriting recordings with Olympus recorders, LiveScribe pen & Audio Notetaker<br />
  14. 14. What are we going to see at the conference?<br />Latest software developments<br />Mind mapping<br />Dolphin software<br />Accessibility outside windows:<br />Apple Mac accessibility including using iPod Touch <br />Reading, organisation and writing support on mobile phones<br />
  15. 15. Enjoy!<br />
  16. 16. Contact details:<br />Abi James<br />Iansyst<br />Fen House<br />Fen Road<br />Cambridge<br />CB4 1UN<br />Email: abi@iansyst.co.uk<br />Tel: 01223 420101<br />Web: www.dyslexic.com<br />www.iansyst.co.uk<br />www.itspc.co.uk<br />