Twenty-Five Scholars for 2021!

27 January, 2021

The 2021 ATIA Conference in Orlando, Florida has gone online due to Covid-19. The British Assistive Technology Scholarship would normally fund one or two delegates to fly the Atlantic and attend assistive technology’s premier event. Instead we are able to fund twenty-five places at the virtual conference. As you will see below they are an impressive bunch with a wide range of perspectives.


Mick Archer is a journalist who has written extensively about AT including as Editor of Special Children Magazine and Special World.


Robert McLaren is Head of Health and Accessibility at the think tank Policy Connect and manages the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology.


Gemma Wilkinson is an AAC Consultant for the Ace Centre with a background in adult Speech and Language Therapy.


Jennette Greenwood is AAC Coordinator at Pendle View Primary Special School and works with children on a range of high and low tech communication devices, develops personalised communication systems to allow children to access an education.


Zoë Clarke works for the Barnsley Assistive Technology Team as Environmental Controls Lead and also represent Environmental Controls nationally on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Rehabilitation and Disability. Her team provides the specialised EC and AAC Service across Yorkshire and the Humber.


Vicky Healy is the deputy chair of Communication Matters and is Professional Lead for AAC and AT for Surrey County Council. Vicky’s service sits within the Physical and Sensory Support Service and she works extensively with students with VI and PD needs.


Fran Clayton is headteacher of Pendle View Primary Special School. She champions total communication for all of her pupils and works on the development of assistive technology to aid access to learning.


Paul Nisbet is Senior Research Fellow and Director of CALL Scotland, a service, development and research unit within the University of Edinburgh. In 2010 Paul was awarded the University of Edinburgh Principal’s Medal in recognition of his work in the field of assistive technology.


Catherine Hayes is a Total Communication Assistant at Kingfisher Special School supporting both children and staff with Assistive Technology. Catherine is passionate about Assistive Technology and the development of its use across school.


Ian Bean is an AT specialist consultant with over 20 years of experience providing training and support to teachers and therapists involved in the education of young people with severe and complex needs.


Helen Whittle is a Speech and Language Therapist working in the Assistive Technology field since 1991. She is currently involved in research dissemination at Manchester Metropolitan University and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Communication Matters.


Talita Holzer is CEO and Co-Founder at waytoB, promoting independent travel for people of all abilities.


Suzanne Martin is a Speech and Language Therapist and is Senior AAC Consultant at the ACE Centre.


Clive Gilbert is Policy Manager for Assistive Technology at Policy Connect, where he manages the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology. He is also editor of the dispATches assistive technology newsletter.


Iveta Power is a teacher at Chailey Heritage School, a special needs school in East Sussex. She has 18 years of experience of supporting children and young people with complex neurodisabilities with Assistive Technology.


Ian Loughlin is the Information Manager at Inclusive Technology.


Suzanne Buckley is an AAC Consultant at the ACE Centre, Abingdon.


Will Wade is a Senior AAC Consultant at the ACE Centre.


Antony Ruck is Co-President at Digital Assistive Technology Industry Association for Europe (DATEurope) and Vice-Chair at the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA).


Kimberley Miller is a Teacher at a Special School in Oldham, Manchester. She teaches a group of ten pupils with a range of communication needs all of whom use different methods of AT, both low and high tech. She has always had a passion in supporting children with communication difficulties and strives to support each child to communicate using the approach most suited to them.


Kim Lawther is a teacher who specialises in AAC and Assistive Technology for students with Additional Learning Needs. Kim is the Assistive Technology Lead at Bridgend College in South Wales.


Pete Wells is an award winning special needs teacher and senior leader. He is the host of the ‘Sensory Stories Podcast’ and the author of the forthcoming ‘Inclusive Stories.’ He has been proud to work in the field of special education for nearly twenty five years.


Dr Paul Whittington is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Assistive Technology in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University. Paul specialises in the analysis of peoples’ abilities to provide appropriate assistive technology recommendations using smartphone technology.


Fil McIntyre is Manager and Assistive Technology Lead for TechAbility.


Jason Beal is a visually impaired trainer with over 10 years’ experience training clients on a wide range of equipment and software from screen readers to text-to-speech. Jason has a qualification in teaching at PTLLS level and a certified Jaws for Windows and Zoomtext magnifier trainer.


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