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Virtual Workshops

Join us for a series of specifically focussed workshops which we are sure will be a welcome addition to your CPD requirements.

Sessions will be hosted via zoom and led by several carefully selected industry stakeholders across three days. The event is free to attend – simply sign up for the workshops which will suit your specific requirements.

We’re excited to deliver this brand new take on our traditional Spring Workshop events and the initial response has been fantastic. We look forward to seeing you there!

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You can register your place here and we will send you updates and a full line up during the coming weeks, but in the meantime, to whet your appetite, we have the following confirmed:

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Mental health:

David Kirk, Accredited Mediator at Regent's University London, and Founder of Kirk Counselling, discusses mental health and the changing needs of students - How we best assess and support students. Also speaking in this webinar is our co-host Hollie Kay, the Mental Health and Well-being Coordinator for Aspire

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Chris Marshall, UK Country Manager for VELA will be exploring Multiple Sclerosis; discussing what the condition is and it's different stages. He will look at both the hidden and visible effects and the impact they have on a person with MS as well as how to address these when assessing. Chris will also address these needs with regard to a university or workplace setting. He will then look at the effects of fatigue and how a VELA chair can help extend a user’s day by offering support.

A brief overview of the VELA chair and how this can help support those with MS will be delivered in conjunction with looking at 2 specific case studies. There will be Q&A opportunity at the end of the session.

VI Technologies with VisionAid:

We are passionate about making sure students have the right solution for their eye condition and course they're studying. Our session will include helpful assessing advice and explain how to match particular types of solution to a user's specific eye condition and subject. We will explore some of the latest education focussed, low vision, blindness and dyslexia / SpLD solutions.

Our wide range of solutions can enable students to:
  1. Independently access whiteboards, projectors and view live presentations in lectures or seminars no matter where they are in the room
  2. Instantly access any printed text without the need for awkward to use, inaccurate and slow scanning pens
  3. Magnify and enhance text-books, paperwork and handwritten documents
  4. Magnify their computer / laptop or tablet screen and if required also have it read aloud and colour enhanced
  5. Accomplish intricate practical tasks (scientific experiments, play musical instruments, art, engineering etc.) with handsfree wearable technology
Session 1 - VisionAid will explore the most common eye conditions that cause low vision (Sight Impairment).

This will include a visual simulation of the most common eye conditions and education focused solutions.

Session 2 - VisionAid will explore eye conditions/conditions that cause or lead to severe or total vision loss (Severe Sight Impairment).

This will include a visual simulation of the most common eye conditions, explanation of conditions that lead to severe vision loss and education focused solutions.

Supporting University Students with Hearing Loss:

Hannah Wallace, Roger Development Manager, from Sonova will be providing an hour’s talk on how hearing loss impacts a University Student. Hannah trained as an Audiologist at The University of Leeds and worked as an Audiologist at York Hospital. Hannah also completed a Masters in Speech & Language Therapy and worked as a Paediatric SLT in North Wales. Hannah then joined Sonova working in the NHS & education sales team before moving to the Roger team working across all sectors involved in assistive listening & Roger technology.

The session will take a look at the difficulties individuals with a hearing loss face on a day to day basis, and asking the question; why are hearing aids alone not an all-encompassing solution? We will take a deep dive into the array of technology that ensures a University Student can embrace dynamic campus life, different learning environments, including online learning that is so important under current circumstances.

Diagnostic Assessment Reports – a Guide for Needs Assessors:

Learn how to 'read' a diagnostic assessment report, discuss a report with students and apply report findings to your DSA recommendations with Catherine Salisbury APC/AMBDA (HE/FE) The Halcyon Centre Ltd and Patrick Mulcahy APC Kingston Assessment Services Manager.

Have you ever wondered about the battery of tests used in a diagnostic assessment? The difference between scaled scores, standardised scores and percentiles? Why do diagnostic assessment reports appear to follow the same template? Which parts of a diagnostic assessment report are particularly relevant for needs assessors looking to make and justify recommendations? How can information in a diagnostic assessment report inform recommendations for your needs assessment report?

This session will cover all of these questions and more and there will be an opportunity to ask individual questions.

BB Assessment Services:

An overview of the specialist assessment services Barry Bennett provides which could assist your students with ergonomics, visual and hearing impairments.

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