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Assistive Technology Exhibition and Conference

Post 16 Education, DSA & Access to Work

HILTON HOTEL, READING - Wednesday 29th June 2022

8:30am - 4:40pm




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.


  • Further & Higher Education Disability Practitioners
  • Student Services Professionals
  • Learning Technologists
  • DSA Assessors
  • Access to Work Assessors
  • Study Support and Assistive Technology Tutors
  • Technology Suppliers


Attend ATEC to hear from our inspirational keynote speakers

Trevor Boland

Digital and eLearning Officer

AHEAD Ireland

Ruth Rainbow

Deputy CEO

Neurodiversity in Business

Robert McLaren

Director of the ATech Policy Lab

Policy Connect


08.30 - 09.30 - Registration, exhibition and refreshments

09.30 - 09.40 - Welcome and introduction

Antony Ruck, ATEC Conference Director

Atif Choudhury

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

Seminar 1 options

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

Seminar options 2

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

Seminar 3 options

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

Seminar 4 options

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

16.30 - 16.40 - Prize draw and closing remarks


2 Inspirational Keynotes

16 CPD Led Seminars

25+ Exhibitors

Network & Reconnect In-Person

Q&A Opportunities

Receive a CPD Certificate

Event venue

Hilton Hotel exterior view, Reading

Hilton Hotel, Reading

Drake Way, Reading, RG2 0GQ

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