The annual Barry Bennett Spring Workshops bring together suppliers of assistive technology hardware and software, and those working with SEN students in secondary and higher education.
Firmly supported by key industry suppliers, these free-to-attend, one day events provide delegates with the opportunity to tailor their own timetable of up to 6 seminar style assistive technology / ergonomic presentations. During the day, delegates have the opportunity to take time out to visit supplier stands in the main exhibition hall, try new and updated technology and network with colleagues.
Our Spring Workshops journey began on a very small scale with just a dozen or so delegates over 10 years ago. The idea was that we wanted to provide a friendly environment for DSA Assessors and Disability Support staff to update their knowledge of products available to their students and get to know the Barry Bennett team who assist with quotes, orders, technical support and queries whilst spending some rare networking time with colleagues. A warm welcome with a cup of tea and a biscuit alongside product demonstrations was the order of the day!
Over a decade later, we are grateful for the constant support we receive from suppliers and the ever increasing delegate list who help to make our events second to none in the industry. We are delighted to be able to say that we now welcome over 300 delegates, 20 suppliers and host a series of 20 CPD accredited workshops.
Below is a small sample of the fantastic feedback we received after our 2019 events
"Thanks for organising and for exhibitors for taking time to come over to Northern Ireland. Very well organised and useful event. Full on day but adequate time in between. Opportunity to meet/network face to face with people who you regularly communicate/work with. Central venue for travel from outside Belfast. Useful items in goody bag." DSA Officer - Belfast
"Everyone was very welcoming and it definitely enhanced my knowledge in assistive technology." Transitions Officer - Belfast
"The whole event was fantastic. The Barry Bennett team were brilliant throughout, always on hand to help and direct people. The craic was good with them too. The exhibition/exhibitors, seminars and talks were all very useful. It was a great day overall. Well done and thank you." Assistive Technology Coordinator - Belfast
"Each year the event gets better, the information from suppliers is excellent and so are the networking opportunities." Specialist tutor - Bolton
"As a new advisor I really appreciated having the opportunity to come together with other professionals and providers to learn more about the process and products on offer." DSA Needs Assessor - Bolton
"Good timing and length of each presentation. Good range of accessibility demonstrations on offer. Also ideal to meet other people within the accessibility community. Barry Bennett staff very friendly and helpful." Assistive Technology Specialist - Bolton
"Brilliant event, so useful to learn, network and see the latest tech" Centre Manager - Bracknell
"Thoroughly enjoyed the event - the Barry Bennett Team had the event very well organised and were very welcoming and helpful. It was good to have an overview of some of the software that I don't have access to (to actually receive links to download these is so helpful in allowing me to expand and improve the AT training I can provide) and to meet and network with other professionals in the field. Thank you Barry Bennett." Assistive Technology Tutor - Bracknell
"As always, very welcoming, highly organised, well structured, good variety of exhibitors and workshops, and a very committed group of Barry Bennett staff." DSA Needs Assessor - Bracknell