It’s called “Do not leave a man (or child) behind” for reasons explained in the article.
This is the mission statement of the American Marines but seems a very app phrase to use in education in England at the moment. Why? Because the current trends in education are in real danger of leaving behind pupils with special educational needs. Targets that are beyond them such as grammar and handwriting are causing young children stress and pain. Demands placed on schools to reach the accepted level of competence is squeezing out those pupils who can’t possible reach that level due to their disability. Where does that leave us as both a nation and as individuals with a wide range of needs?
As a Specialist SEND ICT Consultant I am passionate not leaving a child behind! I have dedicated my life to use the tools afforded by ICT ( I prefer that term as communication plays a big part in my advice) to empower and enable all pupils to reach their full potential. Assistive technology can help a wide range of special needs to have that bit extra that enables them to succeed whereas traditional handwriting methods are just a bridge too far for my pupils to use effectively. Surely, common sense should prevail and allow a multi-layered approach to education that can enable pupils, not disable them. Every day new solutions appear and I see it my job to make sure schools and professionals know about them so that no child goes without a solution that could make a real difference in our lives.
How can assistive technology help?
By overcoming reading barriers by using text to speech software on browsers or using C-scan reading pen ( which incidently can be used in exams now JCQ approved)
By using speech to record and input directly to text which is now 99% accurate
By taking a photo and scanning in textbook to edit in a wordprocessor as schools still using books and not always electronic versions
By using word prediction software that can enable a child with dyslexia to find the word they want and what is more importantly a better word they want!
By using apps like PhotoMaths and My Script Calculator to aid maths calculations for those with dyscalcula
By using eye-gaze systems with the most complex needs disabilities to enable them to access the curriculum to record their thoughts.
By using thought to send messages and control a laptop, a wheelchair, the heating and enivronmental controls in your home and to play games.
These are just a short range of tools that are available and its growing! Lectures and talks can be captured and played back making your own comments onto a software that collects this called Sonocent.Interested in finding out more ? Then contact me email@example.com or mobile : 07760473943