TechAbility’s training service is delivered by regional Centres of Excellence for Assistive Technology. The Centres of Excellence are based in specialist providers which support learners who have complex learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The depth of knowledge within specialist provision uniquely positions the centres to advise on Assistive Technology for learners with a variety of access needs in education and wider community settings.
You can commission support from a centre of excellence, guaranteeing expertise and knowledge from experienced practising Assistive Technologists, who develop skills and confidence in others to use assistive technology in their own settings. To get in touch with your local Centre please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0115 854 1322.
Centres of Excellence will provide training to support your Assistive Technology provision. Importantly this training will be tailored to your context, not an ‘off the shelf’ training session. Staff at the Centres of Excellence are experienced in how technology can support the needs of learners to communicate, learn and live an independent, fulfilling and productive lives. They can provide training suitable for education and therapy professionals, support staff and personal assistants This will ensure high-quality benefits to learners which are also suitable for the context in which they are living and learning.
Where appropriate Centres of Excellence may appoint qualified and experienced experts to deliver services on their behalf. Any experts appointed will be subject to quality assurance by the Centre of Excellence.
Where is my local Centre of Excellence?
TechAbility centres of excellence are geographically spread, supporting local individuals, groups and organisations with their Assistive Technology needs.
In the South West and Wales, the centre is based at National Star College
National Star College offers research and expertise on a wide range of specialist enabling technology for people with disabilities. Using an exciting range of equipment, software and expertise, the centre provides accessibility solutions for education, work and the home. As a TechAbility Centre of Excellence, National Star offers training in assessments, adaptations and modifications, and bespoke training for colleges and other FE providers to develop their service.
In the North, the centre is based at Beaumont College
Beaumont College has a strong track record of delivering assistive technology solutions for students and delivering staff training across the country. Beaumont College headed the DART project (Disseminating Assistive Roles and Technology) which trained and mentored staff across the UK in the FE sector. Beaumont College specialises in adapting technologies to meet individuals’ requirements whether that be via touch, switches, eye-gaze, speech or other methods. The TechAbility Centre of Excellence will provide training, advice and guidance to support colleges and other providers improve their Assistive Technology provision and help learners access the curriculum.
In the South and East, the centre is based at Treloar College
The team at Treloar College has a wealth of experience in physical disability, Augmentative and Alternative Communication equipment, mobility solutions and access to IT. The Treloar service will use engineering, computing and electronics to enable people with disabilities to achieve their full potential. As a TechAbility Centre of Excellence, the Treloar service includes advice and guidance on ICT access to education, use of special switch access to technology and independence, access to communication equipment, mobility assessments, and bespoke staff training for providers.
In the Midlands , the centre is based at Hereward College
Hereward College in Coventry provides expertise and training on a range of topics. It is an approved assessment centre for individuals who are eligible for the Disabled Student Allowance. As a TechAbility Centre of Excellence, the expert staff at Hereward will provide training, advice and guidance to support colleges and other providers improve their AT provision and help learners access the curriculum.