Author: Ian Bean

China Disabled Person’s Federation

Today I’m visiting the China Disabled Person’s Federation to deliver a presentation to the teachers and therapists on the topic of assistive technology. The centre was about a two drive from the offices of Honeycomb Technologies and well away from the tourist centre of Shenzhen where I am staying.

Cerebral Palsy & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Today I am travelling to Nanhai in the Guandong Province to visit the Nanhai Affiliated Maternity and Children’s Hospital of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine to see the work of Doctor Zenhuan Liu. Doctor. Lui is a Professor of Child Neurology and Acupuncture doctor, who has developed a program of intensive therapies, some modern Read More …

Assistive Technology in China

I was recently asked to work together with a large assistive technology company based in Shenzhen in China to help them spread the word about inclusive education and assistive technology to schools and other organisations. So after almost a day of travelling from my home near Manchester, my plane landed in Hong Kong airport. I Read More …

On robust resources

Last week I was working at the Al Noor Center for Special Needs in Dubai where they were holding a ┬átech expo to raise awareness of assistive technology and how their students benefit from it. A major feature of the expo was an exhibition which blended stands from assistive technology vendors together with stands run Read More …

Free resources booklet

Finally got around to uploading our new, free resources PDF booklet to the web site. The 22 page booklet covers visual and symbol supports, computer skills, lesson plans and curriculum materials together with a collection of very useful web sites. Each resource is described together with a live link if you are reading the booklet Read More …

Huge collection of free printables

Here’s a fantastic collection of free printable games, flashcards and other activities you can use in your classroom or centre. The web site is aimed at speech therapy colleagues but there is so much here, I guarantee everyone will find something useful. Speech and Language Kids web site

Heronsdale Handwriting Book

Here’s a fantastic resource kindly shared by Heronsdale School. A very detailed guide to developing the fine motor skills needed for writing. Packed with practical examples which are differentiated to meet the needs of young people with severe and moderate learning difficulties, this document is a useful addition to any educator’s tool chest. Download the Read More …

Bye Bye Slideshow Maker

After hearing about the problems some colleagues have been facing when running the activities they have downloaded from my web site (need admin rights), I decided to move away from the open framework program I was using and write something new. All of my new ‘slideshow’ activities will be published in a new format which Read More …

Guided Access on the iPad: Step-by-Step

Finally found a few spare minutes to make a short video and write a step-by-step guide to using Guided Access on the iPad. This accessibility feature has improved so much since its release with IOS6 back in 2012. I especially like the in-built timer function which will help those students who may have difficulties with Read More …