What is TechAbility?

TechAbility is an Assistive Technology (AT) and Information Technology (IT) service, run by Natspec, the  membership association and the voice of specialist further education.

What we do, how we do it

TechAbility aims to improve outcomes for students with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in mainstream and specialist further education colleges by providing a dynamic programme including:

  • bespoke organisational support by matching your AT/IT requirements to associates with appropriate expertise
  • signposting to advice and guidance from the sector and/or working in partnership with Jisc and sector bodies
  • opportunities to share and develop good practice by networking with other likeminded professionals through nurtured peer-to-peer networks and ATmeets
  • continued professional development, with access to AT advice and guidance, resources, training, events
  • supported and nurtured on-line space for discussions enabling professional relationships to flourish


Who we work with

We work with specialist and general further education college staff in roles that support aspects of IT and AT. The staff may have a wide range of titles and functions, including strategic managers, network managers, assisitive technologists, learning support,  therapists and curriculum staff.

The role titles may vary, but the common factor is an interest in technology that improves the ability of learners to communicate, access learning and live independent, fulfilling and productive lives.