Thursday 23 May 2019 | 10am-4pm
Our annual Assistive Technology event that showcases new and emerging technologies for communication, access and inclusion will take place on Thursday 23 May 2019. There will be seminars, workshops and speakers plus our hall of exhibitors.
In 2019 we will have a special focus on assistive technology for creativity, the arts and expression, as well as Computer Accessibility, Communication Tools, Digital Strategies, Person-Centred Planning.
Communication Works 2019 Seminars
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Communication Works 2019 Seminar List 2019
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Communication Works 2019 Programme
We are so pleased to announce our opening speaker of Communications Works 2019 is:
Jemima Hughes is a disabled and deaf filmmaker and animator. She talks with an electronic communication aid, understands primarily through BSL, and accesses her computer using assistive technology. She is keen to see the voices and creativity of disabled people better represented in the media.
Jemima studied at Northern Counties School and Percy Hedley College in Newcastle, and seized every opportunity to participate in community projects, workshops and work experience placements. She made her first films with 1Voice, the Tyneside Cinema, Living Streets and for BBC Video Nation. She now lives in Kent, and since leaving college in 2013, she has developed her filmmaking and animation skills through projects at Touchbase Care, a creative centre for disabled adults in Folkestone, and by completing two online NFTS courses with Futurelearn.
In 2016 she was commissioned to make her cut out animation Imagination, inspired by Matisse, in partnership with Screen South for Channel 4 Random Acts. She received the Alan Martin award for creativity from Communication Matters and Imagination has been screened at film festivals in many countries and included in the BFI Disabled Britain on Film collection. Jemima was awarded follow-up funding from the Ignition Random Acts Catalyst Fund to buy equipment to create good quality stop motion animation at home. Subsequently she has experimented with sand animation, compiled a one-minute film celebrating wheelchairs, and continued to develop new ideas in cut out animation. In 2019 she completed Technology for Talking, a cut out animation explaining how and why people use electronic communication aids, which was commissioned by BBC Ideas and produced by Screen South.
There will be drop-in workshops where we will be showcasing students’ creative work that visitors can contribute to:
The Literacy Project
CENMAC students Lillie-Ann and Hicham plus Advisory Teachers Erica Plowman and Zoe Tillotson will be working on personal writing projects. Visitors are encouraged to give feedback and chat to our creative students and Zoe about using Assistive Technology to achieve their full potential.
To read Lillie-Ann’s work visit: cenmac.com/literacy-project
Digital Art and Animation
Charlton Park Academy Post 16 students, Art and Enterprise Teacher Vitor Lopes plus Advisory Teacher Georgina Bull will be showcasing students’ work and encouraging visitors to make some digital art and animation.
Companies attending #CW2019
Companies* attending include: Ability World, Assistive Solution, CENMAC, Charlton Park Academy, CODA, Commtap, Cosmo by Filisia, Crick Software, Humanware, Inclusive Technology, Inspiration, iSandBOX, Kaz-type, LGFL, Liberator, Meru, No Isolation, OhBot, PCBY Voice, Readingwise, Rix Media, Scanning Pens, Sensory Guru, Skoog, SmartboxAT, Speaks4Me, Spellementary, Soundbeam, TobiiDynavox and Widgit.
* More companies will be attending and their details will be added.