The University recently hosted the 2013 ATANET (Assistive Technology Advisers Network) conference.

This annual, two day event presents an ideal opportunity for assistive and adaptive technology professionals from across the HE sector in Scotland to get together, share good practice, showcase new technologies, and develop ideas.

This year saw a mix of presentations from members, invited guests and external companies. Highlights include:

  • Yvonne Baird from the Department of Work and Pensions spoke about the Access to work scheme and gave us an insight into what our students can expect when they enter the workforce after graduation.
  • Joan Elliot of TASSCC (Technological Assessment and Support Service for Children and the Curriculum) spoke about assistive technology provision for primary and secondary pupils in Aberdeen City.
  • Portable Sign Language Translator (PSLT) is an exciting project being developed by Technabling, a University of Aberdeen spin-out company with support from JISC Techdis. Sign language captured by camera on devices such as smartphones and laptops “recognises and translates sign language into text” in real time. See media release for more.

The group also discussed it’s response to the ongoing Consultation on the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). Aspects of the DSA are currently being reviewed by the Scottish Government’s Higher Education and Learner Support Division. The DSA is an important source of financial support for students with a disability, ongoing health condition, mental health condition or a learning difficulty.

The event was organised by the University’s Assistive Technology Team and was a hailed a great success by the attendees.

See the ATANET website for more.