We were delighted to be invited to deliver a webinar for Natspec Techability on the Covid-19 support apps we’ve developed, part funded by Welsh Government, to support people with learning disabilities to help them to understand the changes in society as a result of the pandemic. You can view the webinar on the Techability YouTube Channel here: Watch the Webinar. Neil was supported in the webinar with contributions from Ben and Spencer on how the apps work.

Presentations were fully captioned for further accessibility. The webinar generated lots of questions – which is always a positive sign and we’re pleased it generated such a lot of interest in the work we’ve been doing in this sector to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic. TechAbility is an Assistive Technology support service which aims to improve outcomes for learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities in mainstream and specialist further education. TechAbility funded by Natspec and Karten, focussing on improving outcomes for young people with SEND in further education. The organisation also offers CPD aimed both at assistive technologists and educational professionals looking to learn a little more about assistive technologists. You can find out more about TechAbility on their website: https://www.techability.org.uk. Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities – https://natspec.org.uk.
The Karten Network is a network of IT centres for disabled people. The centres are funded through the Ian Karten Charitable Trust, with the purpose of improving the quality of life and independence of adult people with congenital or acquired physical, cognitive, sensory, learning disabilities or mental health problems. The Karten Centres provide a supportive learning environment together with access to the latest in adaptive computer technology, and are located in a wide range of host organisations – https://karten-network.org.uk.

Starfish Labs are proud to be associated with these organisations who are really pushing the boundaries and driving forward assistive and accessible technology to support people with learning and physical disabilities in the mainstream and special educational needs sectors