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Communication and Literacy: New Developments and Innovations to Meet the Challenge of Literacy for Assistive Technology Users

Communication and Literacy: New Developments and Innovations to Meet the Challenge of Literacy for Assistive Technology Users

13th December 2017
11am-12.30pm

Assistive Technology (AT) is a vital tool for disabled children to access the school curriculum.  From new input methods, such as eyegaze, switches, and touchscreen, to augmentative and alternative communication devices, AT has allowed children to interact with their teachers and make full use of learning materials.

Yet literacy remains a key challenge for many younger AT users. Developing literacy skills is vital for progress in many parts of the curriculum and literacy allows children to use more advanced forms of communication devices. In this roundtable event, therapists, academics, technology and support providers, and parliamentarians will meet to discuss a range of new approaches to the literacy challenge. The group will investigate how the AT sector and government can work together to realise the opportunity provided by new developments and innovations in the area of literacy for AT users. The event forms part of the ongoing program of the APPGAT, and a transcript of the discussion will be used to create a briefing to inform action in parliament.

Chair: Baroness Garden (Liberal Democrat)

Participants to include:

  • Lord Ramsbotham (crossbench),
  • Baroness Jane Campbell (crossbench),
  • and Dr Lisa Cameron MP (SNP).
Location
Houses of Parliament
SW1 0AA
United Kingdom