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September 14th, 2017 by

Cenmac at the TES SEN Show

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Come and see us at the TES SEN Show and find out about assistive technology in education, our training programme and general advice about making your classroom an inclusive environment.
We will be at stand 141   www.tessenshow.co.uk   #tesSenshow #sen

September 14th, 2017 by

Cenmac’s new website

We are currently in the process of developing a new website along with a new logo for Cenmac. Information about the new website will be in our Autumn newsletter and we will also share – via social media – when we are ready to go live.

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June 23rd, 2017 by

Summer Prize Draw

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Summer Prize Draw 

To win a switch adapted bubble machine,
just email: gill@cenmac.com
– the winner will be announced in our Autumn newsletter.

Closing Date 14 July
For further details about this prize visit here.

CENMAC Spring prize draw winner:
Susie Browning at Waverley School, Enfield – well done!

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June 22nd, 2017 by

Who needs assistive technology?

SEN Magazine online: 22 June 2017

Antony Ruck looks at how technology can transform classrooms and open up avenues to work for students with disabilities

Assistive technology (AT) is any technology or piece of equipment that is designed to improve or maintain the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities, impairments or specific learning difficulties. This includes any type of computer hardware or software, or a combination of both, that has been designed for people with disabilities, impairments or learning difficulties to improve or maintain aspects of their day-to-day lives.

AT promotes greater independence, allowing people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to do or struggled to accomplish. It can enable disabled children and young people to work and learn effectively and increase their productivity, as well as helping to reduce stress by empowering them and removing barriers to learning.

In an educational context, AT helps children and young people to live as full a life as possible by assisting them when performing tasks such as writing essays or reports, reading text books or websites, taking notes in lessons or lectures or doing homework. This is achieved by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.

Over time, social and technological developments have helped reduce any stigma and embarrassment people may feel when using AT in the classroom or lecture hall, which in turn has increased its use. Two important recent developments in AT have helped to make learning environments more inclusive.

The increased portability of devices with wireless connections such as mobile phones, tablets, and light laptops now allow school pupils and students with disabilities, impairments or learning difficulties far greater independence. Also, the AT now in-built into these devices has brought AT into the mainstream and we’ve seen AT companies developing really creative apps to cater to a diverse range of needs.

As interest in AT has grown, so has the desire from teachers, parents, and disability and inclusion professionals involved in education to get to know much more about exactly what AT products are available and how to get the best out of them.

Click HERE to read the full article in SEN Magazine.

June 15th, 2017 by

Helping children and young people have their say on support for speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

This article is take from Communication Matters AAC Forum e-bulletin: June 2017

From Mandy Grist, ICAN:

I CAN, the children’s communication charity, and The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) recently launched the next phase of Bercow: Ten Years On, a national review of support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in England.

They are inviting children and young people with SLCN to share their experiences of the support they get – what’s good, and what’s not.

Gathering the views of as many children and young people as possible will be crucial to ensuring I CAN and the RCSLT gather the information needed to inform the report.

We encourage you to share information about this important part of the Bercow: Ten Years On consultation with children and young people you work with, parents and carers and schools and settings that you know who may be interested in it.

The Bercow: Ten Years On project team are inviting children and young people to contribute in the following ways:

  • By completing a short online survey about the support received – surveys are available for those under 16 years of age and those over
  • By downloading and completing a paper version of the survey. Once completed submissions should be sent to bercow10@ican.org.uk or sent in the post Bercow: Ten Years On team.
  • A sorting task activity, available to download for children and young people with SLCN, who may not want or are unable to complete a survey online or on paper.
  • By submitting a Vlog sharing thoughts on the help received and what it means to have difficulties with talking and/or understanding to bercow10@ican.org.uk

The survey will be open until 28th July 2017 and can be accessed at http://www.ican.org.uk/bercowsurvey

To get up-to-date information on project developments, you can sign up to the Bercow newsletter at www.ican.org.uk/BercowNewsletter

For more information visit the Bercow: Ten Years On website, follow #Bercow10Years on social media or email Bercow10@ican.org.uk

April 4th, 2017 by

Easter Activities

Over Easter have a look at some of our favourite websites. We have categorised these links into funding, software, hardware, advice & support and activities for pupils. If you notice that any of these links are broken please let us know.

Click here: Links to other website

April 4th, 2017 by

CENMAC News

Read our first newsletter CENMAC News – Spring 2017, and enter our Prize Draw offered by Widgit:
50% discount off upgrading on all InPrint 2.

Download: CENMAC News

April 3rd, 2017 by

Communication Works

We are pleased to announce that the annual Communication Works exhibition will be held at Charlton Park Academy on Thursday 25 May 2017, from 10am – 4pm

See a range of communication tools, strategies, and the latest technology.
Open to all and always a great event for finding out about some of the new technologies, organisations and supports available to our students.
This year we will have a special focus on ‘the use of media for changing perceptions and empowerment’.

To purchase a tickets please email: cw2017@charltonparkacademy.co.uk

March 6th, 2017 by

Clicker 7 Training – 29th March 2017

We are continuing to receive a large number of requests for Clicker 7 training. We have arranged another date for this term. The details are:

Clicker 7 Introduction

Wednesday 29th March, 9.15 – 12.00
Westminster Cathedral RC Primary School, Bessborough Place, London SW1V 3SE

The course gives an overview of the program and how it can be used to help meet a variety of special educational needs. The session will be mainly “hands-on”. It covers using ready-made resources as well as adapting and creating materials to meet individual needs.

The course is likely to be oversubscribed and early booking is strongly recommended. Schools with students supported by CENMAC can reserve places, free of charge, using the training voucher codes contained in the reports provided by our advisory teachers. Otherwise places can be booked at a cost of £90 per person.

To book places, email or call Gill Dodsworth (gill@cenmac.com or 020 8854 1019). Please quote the course, date, delegate names and, if applicable, the training voucher codes.

March 6th, 2017 by

AAC Courses

A number of courses have been announced on the AAC-Forum. Information about the forum can be found here: http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/page/aac-forum

Details of the courses.

1. Advanced PODD course – April & Movements for Communication course – July

From Rosie Clark:

We still have a few spaces left on the 5 day advanced PODD course with Gayle Porter, being held in Surrey from the 3rd-7th April. This course is for anyone who has completed the 2 day course and gives detailed information about all aspects of PODD implementation and is a pre-requisite to becoming a PODD trainer.

We are also hosting a 2/3 day ‘Movements for Communication’ course in Surrey from the 24th – 25th/26th July. This course is being run by Fiona Beauchamp, an Occupational Therapist from the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) in Australia and will talk about teaching the movements needed to develop communication skills for people with neurological motor disorders (day 1 and 2) and sensory processing challenges (day 3). Participants can attend 1, 2 or 3 days.

Please email rosemaryvclark@hotmail.com if you are interested.


2. Upcoming literacy course – Jane Farrall

From Livvy Hepburn, Manor Mead School:

We are really excited to announce that Jane Farrall will be coming to run a one day workshop on ‘Literacy for all’ hosted by Manor Mead School in Surrey (In the Walton/Weybridge area) on 24th May. For more information please contact Alice Chandler – alice@manor-mead.surrey.sch.uk

We are looking to get an idea of numbers and are asking for anybody who is interested to please contact us with expressions of interest by Wednesday 15th March.


3. Specialist training for practitioners working with MSI children and young people in mainstream settings

From Steve Rose, Sense:

We are pleased to announce, that in partnership with NatSIP, Sense and Surrey Physical Sensory Support Service we  will be piloting a new course: Specialist training for practitioners working with MSI children and young people in mainstream settings. This 2 day course will run between Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March 2017, 09:30-15:30 at Quadrant Court, Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ.

If you are interested in booking a place please contact Rachel.Roberston@sense.org.uk
Discounted places are available for NatSIP affiliated organisations.