TechAbility Conference 2021

Building on the success of last year’s conference, we are back again. This time, the focus will be on the learners and service users that make our colleges, schools and centres so great.

The conference takes place Wednesday 10 November from 9.15am-3.45pm.

Please visit the event page on the Natspec website for further details about how to book your place for this event.

You can expect to hear first-hand experience of assistive technology use, alongside a real “back to basics” focus on how it can overcome barriers. You will leave with a greater focus and understanding, led by the best practitioners in the field and carefully curated to keep sessions lively and relevant. There will be something for everyone – specialist, mainstream or vocational.

After last year’s highly successful online delivery, the TechAbility conference will again take place virtually. And, in a repeat of last year’s offer, we are happy to confirm that organisations will only pay one fee for multiple delegates!

At the 2020 TechAbility conference:

  • 96% of delegates said they were “Very Likely” or “Likely” to apply learning from the conference in their work.
  • 88% rated the conference as “Excellent” or “Very Good”

Keynote: Meaningful tools for control and choice

Julie Eshlemann, Leonard Cheshire and PhD candidate at Stirling University.

With this year’s conference focussing on learners and service users, we are delighted to welcome Julie Eshlemann as our keynote speaker. Julie is currently researching what disabled people want from their technology. She is proposing a framework of principals that describe the role of technology for disabled people in care settings, to help organisations facilitate and support meaningful technology use. With a focus on technology as a tool for independence and autonomy, and in asking what disabled people want from it, Julie’s session will be interactive, inviting attendees to share their thoughts on the proposed framework.

Workshops and Presentations

Attendees will be able to attend sessions on:

  • developing your own apps to support learners and service users in independence, work, and daily life
  • how identifying the right assistive technology for a learner can make all the difference
  • innovative projects and research which could make a difference to assistive technology
  • how new robots can be used to assist learners, and how to get the best use out of them.

Also, the AT Shorts will return! Hugely successful last year, these short clips let attendees have a look at some great projects and training happening within the assistive technology sector they might not otherwise be aware of.

Discussion Sessions

Also popular at last year’s conference, the discussion sessions aim to bring a little bit of that lunchtime networking to a virtual conference. This is your chance to ask further questions of the workshop presenters, delve into any burning questions you might have and share your own experiences.


The fee below is for your whole organisation! We therefore encourage multiple colleagues to attend this event where relevant. Colleagues will also be able to dip into sessions throughout the day as required.

All attendees do need to register separately as all join links are personalised and unique. Multiple bookings from your organisation will not incur multiple charges.

  • £80 +vat for full Natspec member / Karten organisations
  • £100 +vat for Natspec Transform member organisations
  • £120 +vat for non-member organisations


Book your place now!