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Making assistive technology decisions: needs assessment essentials

Understanding the experiences of students with additional support requirements.

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

This course will be held on

  • 08 December 2022

    This course will be run over Zoom - you'll receive full joining instructions upon booking.

    • Online
    • 10:00 – 12:00


The first course in a series of four on the theme of making assistive technology decisions. You should come with some understanding of the experiences of students who are disabled or have additional support requirements.

Suitable for those seeking an introduction to needs assessment in further and higher education, there will also be opportunities for more experienced practitioners to reflect on or enhance their existing practice. Supporting materials and directions to further sources of professional development will be provided.

The other courses in this 'making assistive technology decisions' series will cover the following topics:

Who should attend

People working in further and higher education with an interest in assistive technology and empowering disabled students. This will likely include, but is not restricted to, people working in roles such as: disability adviser, needs assessor, assistive technologist, student support adviser, teaching assistant, or lecturer.

Maximum group size 20.

What we cover

This two hour live online course will cover:

  • Taking a student-centred approach
  • Tailoring recommendations to context
  • Collaborative working
  • Helpful frameworks
  • Professional development

Training outcomes

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

  • Use student-centred methods when making AT recommendations
  • Consider where AT sits in terms of reasonable adjustments and inclusive practice
  • Apply frameworks that support information gathering and decision making
  • Identify preferred methods for continuing professional development

Pricing and eligibility

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

We are pleased to offer a discount on each course of the ‘making assistive technology decisions’ series. Please email for the discount code.

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. If you are a member of Jisc’s VAT-exempt cost sharing group, and you are able to provide confirmation of the exact taxable/exempt use of the service, we will be able to reduce the amount of VAT chargeable to reflect the taxable business use proportion of the service only. This additional information is required as a result of a change to HMRC policy. Please contact if you require more information.

Commission this course

Email to talk to us about commissioning this course for your institution.


For more information, email or phone 01235 822242.