Vision Australia Partnership: Interested in learning more about assistive technology in education? Check out our symposium recording here

Published On November 19, 2019 | By Amy | News, Opportunities and Events, Resources

Vision Australia x UNE Access & Inclusion Team, Partnership Event

In September, our Student Access & Inclusion Team was lucky enough to run a collaborative event with Vision Australia to provide a greater insight into the use of assistive technologies in inclusive education. 

If you weren’t able to join us for the event, we’re happy to advise that you can now find a recording of the session, with a supporting transcript – here!

If you have, or know someone who has a vision impairment, use JAWS screen reading software, or if you’re just interested in learning about the latest developments in assistive technology then make sure to check out the session. 

You can read more about the presenters who joined us below.

About the presenters:

Damien McMorrow via Video Conference – Access Technology Product Owner, Service Innovation, Vision Australia

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Information Technology from Griffith University Damian McMorrow has spent over 23 years in the I.T. industry in a variety of roles, from running his own Adaptive Technology business, through to managing technical and service delivery teams across the Education sector. During this time, he has relied upon Adaptive technology and equipment to help overcome a wide range of barriers and issues.  Damian then brought his experience and passion for Technology to Vision Australia, previously as an Access Technology Specialist, where he assisted clients in the use of technology for work, education, travel and leisure, and currently as national Access Technology Product Owner, which is the lead role for our Access Technology Service.

Andreas Buchmueller – Presenting in person, Access Technology Specialist, Vision Australia.

Andreas’ background is in Occupational Therapy, which is a perfect fit for the Access Technology Specialist role as OT is all about enabling people to achieve their functional goals after disease, injury or living with disability.  

Some of the technologies covered during the presentation included:

  • Magnification devices including desktop, handheld, tablet-based, and laptop connectable magnifiers;
  • Audio and reading devices such as the Clear Reader Plus, Omni Reader and Victor Reader;
  • Screen readers such as JAWS (Job Access with Speech) and NVDA (Non-visual Desktop Access);
  • Braille devices, including Refreshable Braille displays like the Focus 40 and Brailliant 14, and Braille Note-takers such as the BrailleNote Touch and BrailleSense Polaris
  • Wearable technologies including the OrCam, Iris Vision and AIRA Remote Assistance.

If you have any questions about our September event or how UNE can support you or someone you know through their studies, please get in touch at accessinclusion@une.edu.au 

We are looking forward to more collaborative events with Vision Australia in the future!

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