The Access and Technology Service is a team of teachers with specialist knowledge and skills in the use of information and communication technology (ICT) who help to enable children with special educational needs to communicate with others and access the curriculum.
What do we do?
We work with children, parents/carers, education establishments and other agencies to provide advice on the most appropriate ICT equipment. The children concerned have special educational needs and have difficulties such as:
- A physical disability
- Communication and language difficulties
- General development and learning difficulties
- Hearing and/or visual difficulties
- Difficulties in their emotional development
How do we do it?
If an education or childcare setting has concerns about your child and feels that special ICT equipment might be a way of helping them, they will discuss this with you and then may contact us for advice. When we first become involved we will usually:
- Talk with your child's teacher and look at your child's work
- Talk with the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
- Talk with other staff involved in your child's education (eg teaching assistant, physiotherapist or speech therapist)
- Observe your child in the education setting
- Carry out an assessment of your child using a range of ICT equipment
- Meet with you.
How to contact us
You can contact us through your special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) in your child's child care setting. The SENCO will be able to discuss your child's difficulties with you, strategies that have been used to address them and the progress that has been made. Most of our work is planned with the SENCO.