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

  • 29 June 2023

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

    • Online
    • 10:00 – 12:00


One of four courses 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 30.

Course objectives

On completion you will be ready to:

Course specific:

  • Use evidence-based strategies to involve students in decision making
  • Recognise what good practice looks like and how to avoid problems
  • Identify your preferred methods for continuing professional development

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 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

*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.

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.

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