Presented by Mike Williams
Saturday 6th May 2017
9.30 - 12.30
At the Helen Arkell Centre
As we know, children and young people who have specific learning difficulties and/or dyslexia find our education system very hard to comprehend. The current curriculum and examination structure is almost entirely text-based, which discriminates these children and young people from fulfilling their learning potential.
It is paramount that schools and other institutes embrace the modern technologies we have available to empower our students, and help those who may otherwise be left behind and not succeed as they deserve to. Teachers and parents should be introduced to and trained in these new learning concepts so they can appreciate them, and therefore perceive the possible impact that can be made on their learners’ outcomes.
Mike Williams can introduce us to the use of assistive technology in order to greatly improve the chances of success for our dyslexic students.
Mike Williams has worked in the field of assistive technology for the last 30 years. He regularly delivers assessments, training and support for people of all ages with specific learning difficulties as well as for people with disabilities like visual impairment, physical, communication and language difficulties etc.
In this workshop, Mike will demonstrate a range of technologies offering support for children and adults with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties. Some of these technologies support areas like reading and writing whilst others provide support with organisation, planning, memory and use of audio for notetaking and recording ideas etc.
Mike will include free and low cost software and apps as well as the more “tried and tested” (not free!) software products. The technologies will be demonstrated on a computer, tablet and smart phone. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions during the workshop.