Aimed at disability professionals and technologists, ATEC is a whole day conference showcasing excellence in assistive technology (AT).
Join us for access to 25+ assistive technology exhibitors, 16 breakout seminars, 2 keynotes, plus Q&A and networking opportunities.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND ATEC?
Further & Higher Education Disability Practitioners
Student Services Professionals
Access to Work Assessors
Study Support and Assistive Technology Tutors
Attend ATEC to hear from our inspirational keynote speakers
Digital and eLearning Officer
Neurodiversity in Business
Director of the ATech Policy Lab
08.30 - 09.30 - Registration, exhibition and refreshments
09.30 - 09.40 - Welcome and introduction
Antony Ruck, ATEC Conference Director
09.40 -10.20 - Whole conference keynote #1
NiB: Supporting Industry Good Practice on Neurodivergent Recruitment, Retention and Empowerment
Ruth Rainbow, Deputy CEO - Neurodiversity in Business
Atif Choudhury, CEO - Diversity and Ability & Advisor for Neurodiversity in Business
10.20 - 10.50 - Exhibition and refreshments
10.50 - 11.30 - Breakout seminar session #1
Glean - New features to Glean: Transcription and more to help students produce even better notes!
Aspire - An overview of the student support platform
Brain in Hand - How a blend of technology and human support can increase success in education and the workplace
Nuance - Nuance Dragon Professional Individual expands the boundaries of speech recognition technology but how well do you know Dragon and the benefits it offers
11.30 - 11.45 - Break
11.45 - 12.25 - Breakout seminar session #2
Inspiration 10 - The power of simultaneous visual mapping & outlining: hear from users with brain injuries, neuro-differences and mental health challenges
Present Pal - Why are presentations challenging and how can we better support students with this common task?
TextAid - A helping hand when reading and writing
Crawford Technologies - Why document accessibility matters in higher education
12.25 - 13.25 - Lunch and exhibition
13.25 - 14.05 - Whole conference keynote #2
No Two Are the Same - Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assistive Technology Are Everyone’s Business
Trevor Boland, Digital and eLearning Officer - AHEAD Ireland
Trevor will guide participants through the three principles of the UDL framework and how these support an inclusive approach in education. Accessibility and assistive technology are integral to inclusively approaching the framework and, in Ireland, the ripples of UDL in higher and further education are spreading.
Trevor will touch on the free annual national UDL course for tertiary education staff, which hundreds have completed. Some have become co-facilitators for national UDL rollout and other have local rollouts in their own centres/institutions.
UDL is providing a guide and lens to inform how staff engage with students in different ways, how to think about types of resources in multiple formats and how varying sorts of assessments can lead to connecting effectively with students. Not only is this having an empowering effect on individual educators, but communities of practice regarding UDL are developing, national policies are including UDL and students are getting interested, too. As UDL grows, it adds authority to the case for using AT to support all students.
The presentation will share a number of strategies to generate more AT awareness and pose questions that get us to think about how we can further the message of AT in education culture, so everyone has a role to support the positive use of AT.
14.05 - 14.15 - Break
14.15 - 14.55 - Breakout seminar session #3
Caption.Ed - AI powered captioning and note-taking
FindMyFlow - The NEW FindMyFlow – supercharging student learning
The Texthelp Group - Creating Assistive Technology with users, and making it inclusive
OrCam - OrCam Learn - A game-changing, revolutionary solution to learning
14.55 - 15.10 - Break
15.10 - 15.50 - Breakout seminar session #4
MindView - Creating Inclusive Environments with MindView Assistive Mind Mapping
Learning Labs - Why consider personalisation when working with individuals with disabilities?
Pro-Study (online edition) - Major update. Now available across all platforms!
Scanning Pens - Support for literacy with the Reader Pen
15.50 - 16.05 - Exhibition and refreshments
16.05 - 16.30 - Whole Conference Keynote #3
Assistive and Accessible Technology in Public Policy – Mapping Trends & Opportunities to Drive Change
Rob McLaren, Director of the ATech Policy Lab - Policy Connect