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Can we Provide the Bells and Whistles? Supporting PC-based VOCAs and accessible computers

Session 
4.4
Educational
  • Liz Howarth
  • Rohan Slaughter
Summary

This session is about our cross-disciplinary approach to providing accessible tablet PCs for access to the college curriculum; social and entertainment applications; and, for some, as a voice output communication aid.

This provision is coordinated by a technologist, based in our IT department, working closely with the Communication team where voice output is required, and also with occupational therapists, teachers and support staff, to set up appropriate access methods and interfaces. This represents a break from our traditional approach, led by the Communication team.

We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this approach, and whether it may offer a possible model for provision of accessible computing more widely, including PC-based voice output where appropriate.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Mainstream
Special
Further/Higher Education