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Exploring the World of Assistive Technology

Thursday 22 April 2021

Start: 15:00

End: 16:00

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Introducing a new webinar series designed to inform adult social care providers about the range of assistive technology available to support people who are visually challenged or who have visual processing or other sensory challenges.

About

VisionBridge and Sight and Sound Technology (SST) support the UK social care sector’s ongoing drive to improve standards of care by inviting all care providers to enhance their understanding of assistive technology.

In collaboration with Digital Social Care and Skills for Care leading distributor SST is reaching out to both CQC and non-CQC registered adult social care providers in an initiative that will ultimately benefit those receiving social care services, including older people and those with longer term conditions, learning disabilities or mental health challenges.

SST would like to offer all adult social care providers a sustained working knowledge of assistive technology which can improve the mobility, independence, personal security, mental health and emotional wellbeing of those receiving social care who are visually impaired or who may have visual processing and other sensory challenges.

Sight and Sound Technology would like to complement your skill set and help you help those in your care. We can introduce you to the extraordinary ongoing evolution in assistive technology that is giving users back their ability to navigate outside or around their homes or residential settings, read and watch tv, communicate with their carers and enjoy some downtime with their families and friends.

By offering these free of charge online, interactive sessions about assistive technology, SST is championing innovation, promoting best practice and harnessing the power of information and technology for the ultimate benefit of those receiving social care.

Assistive technology is neither a medicine for ailments nor a panacea, but it can be an invaluable temporary or long-term support for recipients of social care with treatable and untreatable eye diseases and conditions or systemic diseases that might impact on their sight. Whether you are working in a private, public, voluntary or community setting, let’s work together and show the people you support how combining your social care expertise and appropriate assistive technology can really make a difference to their lifestyles and life chances.

Who should attend:
  • Activity Co-Ordinators
  • Personal Assistants
  • Care/support worker
  • Registered Managers
  • Senior Care Staff
  • Individuals who make purchasing decisions around technology
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Rehabilitation Workers
What will we cover

This interactive webinar is the first in a series of 6 sessions which will explore the ever-evolving world of assistive technology. The Sight and Sound Technology team will guide you through 5 real life scenarios focusing on individuals with a variety of conditions and specific requirements. As a group we will discuss the suggested solutions and examine how assistive technology can offer support and enable people with a disability, to maintain independence and to operate more effectively in everyday life.

The session will end with a Q&A.

We will be concentrating on the following areas of technology;

  • Mainstream technology – e.g. iPads, Android tablets
  • Accessible smartphones and Apps
  • Computer software – magnification and screen reading
  • Mobility at home and outdoors
  • Indoor and outdoor navigation
  • Portable magnification
  • Wearable technology
  • Voice activated devices
  • Text-to-speech
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