conference 2013

This year’s ATANET conference was held in the sunny north-east at the University of Aberdeen on the 1st and 2nd of July.



As always, this event was an opportunity to get together with other professionals to learn about and impart good practice and discuss the important issues of our specialism. This year we had the usual mix of presentations from members, invited guests and external companies, sharing good practice and technology knowledge.

Post-event Resources and Information


LexAble – Bob Preston (Business Development Manager)

Global AutoCorrect Quick User GuideGlobal AutoCorrect training presentation – DSAAbility Magazine Autumn 2012 – Neil Cottrell InterviewBDA Chapter – Choosing Evaluating Using Assistive TechnologyDSA information sheet – Global AutoCorrect

Sonocent – Jo Dugmore (Communications & Account Manager)

Audio Notetaker V3 Study Skills DSA

Other Presentations

Chris McKenzie – Windows 8: Post PC or PC Plus Era?

Event Itinerary

Day 1

Time Slot Presenter Notes
1000-1015 Arrival and Welcome
1015-1100 Yvonne Baird (DWP) Yvonne will be talking about the Access to work scheme and give us an insight into what our students can expect when they enter the workforce after graduation.
1100-1130 Rian MacAllister (Student) Rian will be sharing a students perspective as an undergraduate at St Andrews University.
1130-1145 Break
1145-1215 LexAble:Global Autocorrect Sponsor presentation.
1215-1300 Lunch LexAble
1300-1345 Windows 8: post PC or PC plus era? Presentation and Discussion of the new OS and it implications for us and our students as well as a look at the new hardware coming out to support it.
1345-1415 Navitext Jisc TechDis supported poject
1415-1430 Break
1430-1500 Portable Sign Language Translator  Jisc TechDis supported poject

Day 2

Time Slot Presenter Notes
1000-1015 Arrival and Welcome
1015-1100 DSA: the student experience Group Activity
1100-1130 Fil’s App-off Group Activity
1130-1145 Break
1145-1215 Sonocent Sponsor presentation from the makers of AudioNotetaker
1215-1300 Lunch Sonocent & Eye Gaze demo
1300-1345 Joan Elliot:TASSCC TASSCC is basically the Assistive Technology service for Aberdeen City, supporting pupils in Primary and Secondary Education. Although this is specificv to Aberdeen City, Joan will be giving us an insight into the kind of support our students may have had before coming into HE.
1345-1400 Break
1400-1500 AGM  Led by ATANET Chair, Andy McMahon ofr Dundee University