Khamani in conversation

CENMAC Student ambassador Khamani recently completed his GCSEs and is now studying Film and TV at college. Khamani aspires to be a media presenter when he completes college.

Khamani uses assistive technology to support his learning and he has been interviewing a series of inspiring people who also use assistive technology (AT) and/or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to support their communication.

Watch Khamani in conversation below.

Khamani at film and tv college

Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy

 

 

In this conversation Khamani talks to comedian Lee Ridley aka Lost Voice Guy about his education, his introduction to assistive technology to support his learning and education and how he felt about having his first book ‘I’m Only In it for the Parking’ published.

Ellise Hayward

 

 

In this conversation Khamani talks to Ellise Hayward about her job as a motivational speaker, a disabilities correspondent for Jill Dando News and how she uses assistive technology including eye gaze to support her communication and to promote awareness of cerebral palsy.

Ellise was our keynote speaker at our annual Communication Works South at the Charlton Athletic Football Club on Thursday 6th June 2024.

Si Tew from Digit Learning

 

 

In this video Khamani talks to Si Tew from Digit Learning to find out more about how this innovative technology company fuses gaming design with musical capabilities to lower the barrier for anybody wanting to make music. Digit Learning will be one of the exhibitors at Communication Works at the Charlton Athletic Football Club on Thursday 6th June 2024 giving visitors the opportunity to see how this technology works and to see a musical performance by musician Jess Fisher.

Bob Sagoo, Pretorian Technologies

 

 

In this video Khamani talks to Bob Sagoo, UK & International Sales Manager at Pretorian Technologies. Bob tells Khamani about his son Harchie who is an AAC user and he also talks about the interesting technology he will have on display in the Experience Zone at Communication Works South at Charlton Athletic Football Club on Thursday 6th June 2024.

Kathryn Stowell, Head of CENMAC

 

 

In this video Khamani chats with Kathryn Stowell, Head of CENMAC. He asks her all about CENMAC’s annual event Communication Works – a celebration of assistive technology in education. He finds out why she started the event in the first place and how it has grown over the past few years. This years’ event takes place at Charlton Athletic Football Club on Thursday 6th June 2024.

Stuart Plumridge from Nessy Learning

 

 

In this conversation Khamani talks with Stuart Plumridge from Nessy Learning he explains why the company was setup and how it supports children with dyslexia and other special educational needs. Nessy will be exhibiting at Communication Works on Thursday 6th June 2024.

Keene Braganza from KAZ Type

 

 

In this conversation Khamani chats with Keene Braganza from KAZ Type. Khamani learnt to touch type using KAZ Type’s touch typing course. They talk about our upcoming event Communication Works South coming up on Thursday 6th June 2024 at the Charlton Athletic Football Club in South East London. KAZ Type will be exhibiting so it’s a great opportunity to find out more in person.

Katie Fitch from Crick Software

 

 

In this conversation Khamani chats with Katie Fitch from Crick Software. He talk about how he used Clicker and DocsPlus at school. They talk about our upcoming event Communication Works South coming up on Thursday 6th June 2024 at the Charlton Athletic Football Club in South East London. Crick Software will be exhibiting so it’s a great opportunity to come and see this great assistive technology up close.

Toby Hewson

 

 

Toby Hewson uses high tech AAC to communicate and works as a motivational speaker. His aim is to teach children and young people that disabled people are just like themselves, they just do things in a different way.

Beth Moulam

 

Beth is a Paralympian competing in the sport Boccia at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. She is also a public speaker, a Social Policy Graduate and a great advocate for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and communication inclusion.

In this conversation Khamani finds out about the high tech AAC Beth uses to communicate, her journey to the Paralympic Games, the exciting places she has visited, the people who inspire her, and more.

Abdi Omar

 

Abdi Omar has cerebral palsy which prevents him from talking in the usual way so he uses high tech AAC to communicate. Due to his limited mobility, Abdi uses his head to control his mouse. You will notice that he has a small dot in the middle of his forehead – this is part of his AAC devices and is called a NuPoint HeadPoint system that uses an optical sensor to track the small reflective dot on his forehead. It converts the natural movement of Abdi’s head to accurately control the pointer on his screen. Key selection is activated by dwelling over the desired key.
Abdi has worked as a motivational speaker for more than ten years inspiring and motivating other people with disabilities to overcome the barriers they face.

Krupali Parshotam

 

In this conversation Khamani talks to Krupali Parshotam who works as the Education Policy Coordinator at Thomas Pocklington Trust (a national charity that supports blind and partially sighted people).

Krupali has a vision impairment and is a white cane user. Khamani was interested to find out more about Krupali’s job as well as the assistive technology she uses in everyday life.

He also found out about the free resources the Thomas Pocklington Trust provides for students. Find out more about Thomas Pocklington Trust: https://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/

Georgina Studd

 

In this conversation Khamani chats to Georgina Studd about her use of assistive technology to support her communication.

Georgina has cerebral palsy but has not let this stop her from living independently and attending college where she studied performing arts and media.

Daisy

 

Khamani chatted to Daisy who is in 6th Form College at Burlington House about the assistive technology she uses to support her studies.