Assistive Technology for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (AT4SEND)
The AT4SEND project considers assistive technologies for education and how these can be recommended to pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities. This project aligns with the UK Government’s strategy, ‘Realising the potential of technology in education’ that promotes the use of education assistive technologies within schools.
AT4SEND is a prototype Android Application suitable for pupils with reduced physical and cognitive abilities. The Application builds on our SmartAbility Framework by supplementing the physical abilities with cognitive abilities stated in the World Health Organization ICF Checklist. The pupils’ abilities can be entered into the Application using a traffic light style grading system of, ‘Easy’, ‘Difficult’ or ‘Impossible’. The Application connects with a database that currently contains 100 assistive technologies, which is continually being expanded. Based on their selections, assistive technology recommendations are provided containing information on products and external website links, to obtain further information.
We believe that the recommendations provided by this Application will improve pupils’ access to education through the use of assistive technology. The Application will soon be available to download on the Google Play Store. The HCI Research Group is planning to conduct usability evaluations involving people with reduced physical and cognitive abilities, as well as contacting Learning Support Departments at special educational needs schools, mainstream schools and higher educational institutions including Universities. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact Dr Paul Whittington, firstname.lastname@example.org
New For 2021: AT4SEND Training Package