What we do

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

  • consultation on Assistive Technology performance and improvements
  • bespoke training through our network of Centres of Excellence
  • signposting to advice and guidance from the sector and by working in partnership with Karten Network, Jisc and sector bodies
  • continued professional development, with access to specialist training events, advice, guidance and resources
  • opportunities to share and develop good practice by networking with other professionals

Who we work with

We work with specialist and general further education college staff in roles that support aspects of assistive technology. These staff may have a wide range of titles and functions, including:

  • strategic managers
  • network managers
  • assistive technologists
  • learning support
  • therapists
  • 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.

How we are funded

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TechAbility is part funded by the Ian Karten Charitable Trust (IKCT). The Trust supports over 100 Karten Centres through the Karten Network, which aims to improve the quality of life and independence of adults with disabilities. The IKCT has supported TechAbility to ensure that technology can be used to make a lasting impact, maximising the use of equipment to improve the lives of users.

Get in touch

For enquiries and a discussion about how TechAbility can meet your Assistive Technology support and training needs please email TechAbility@natspec.org.uk or ring 0115 854 1322