Making assistive technology decisions: assistive technology for students who have a vision impairment

Considering technology for different tasks using a student-centred approach.

  • One standalone session, or part of a series of four themed courses
  • Two hours
  • £95 - £150 + VAT

This course will be held on

  • 18 June 2024

    • Online
    • 10:00 – 12:00


Broaden your understanding and enhance your practice with one of the four courses on assistive technology decision-making. Whether you're new to the field or already have some understanding of the experiences of visually impaired students, this course is designed to transform the educational experience of those with vision impairment. In this course, the term vision impairment includes students who are blind, have low/partial vision and those with cerebral vision impairment (CVI).

This course, offered as a standalone session or as part of a series of four themed courses, explores the world of possibilities in assistive technology. It caters to individuals seeking an introduction to assistive technology for visually impaired students in further and higher education. Experienced practitioners will also find valuable opportunities to reflect on and enhance their existing practices.

Join us on a two-hour course that can open new doors and empower you to make informed decisions. Throughout the course, you will gain valuable insights and learn how to leverage assistive technology to support the student educational journey.

Supporting materials will be provided to ensure a comprehensive learning experience.

Key features

  • Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners
  • Focus on a student-centred approach
  • Comprehensive exploration of assistive technology for students with vision impairment
  • Opportunities for reflection and enhancement of existing practice
  • Supporting materials provided

Who should attend

This course is ideal for professionals working in further and higher education with an interest in assistive technology and empowering students with vision impairment. Roles that would benefit from this course (but are not restricted to) include:

  • Disability adviser
  • Needs assessor
  • Assistive technologist
  • Student support adviser
  • Teaching assistant
  • Alternative format creator
  • Lecturer

Spaces are limited to 30 participants per course so we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Course objectives

On completion you will be ready to:

Course specific:

  • Raise awareness among colleagues of the diverse technologies available to empower students with vision impairment
  • Appreciate the individual experiences of students with a vision impairment, including those with co-occurring conditions or Cerebral Vision Impairment
  • Investigate opportunities for collaborative working with specialists

Series specific:

  • Raise awareness of the role of assistive technology in education
  • Understand the value of a student centred, collaborative approach
  • Encourage participants to use evidence to inform decision-making about AT
  • Identify next steps to build staff skills and improve AT implementation

Training outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Use student-centred methods when making AT recommendations for students with vision impairment
  • Consider where AT sits in terms of reasonable adjustments and inclusive practice
  • Apply frameworks that support information gathering and decision making
  • Begin to create an expert network to support your practice

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Course fee and payment plans

  • Jisc members - £95 + VAT
  • Non member, not-for-profit - £115 + VAT
  • Other organisations - £150 + VAT

*Jisc members - One free place per organisation using code "ONEFREE", subsequent places at a cost of £95 + VAT.

For those wishing to train six or more members of staff, we can come to you! Please email for an in-house quote.

Other training in the series

In addition to our current course, we offer three other courses within the 'making assistive technology decisions' series:

Member types and VAT information

Jisc members: typically publicly funded FE, HE and Research institutions.

Non-members, not-for-profit: Eligible local government, public sector, private/independent education providers and non-profit customers.

Other organisations: Eligible local government, public sector, private/independent education providers and non-profit customers.

VAT is charged at 20% of the value of the service.

Contact us

For more information or to talk to us about commissioning this course for your institution, email or phone 01235 822242.