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Assistive Technologies vs. Manual Inputted Technologies


  • Assistive Technologies: Designed to assist individuals with disabilities or special needs in performing tasks or activities.
  • Manual Inputted Technologies: Generally developed for broad use and may not specifically cater to accommodating disabilities or special needs.

2. Functionality:

  • Assistive Technologies: Focus on enhancing accessibility, communication, mobility, and learning for individuals with diverse needs.
  • Manual Inputted Technologies: Primarily designed for general use, without specific adaptations for accessibility or special requirements.

3. Customisation and Adaptability:

  • Assistive Technologies: Often customisable and adaptable, catering to the specific needs of individuals with disabilities through specialised features or settings.
  • Manual Inputted Technologies: These are generally standardised and may offer a different level of customisation for diverse needs.

4. Accessibility Features:

  • Assistive Technologies: Equipped with features like voice commands, screen readers, adaptive keyboards, and switches to facilitate accessibility.
  • Manual Inputted Technologies: This may lack specialised accessibility features for disabled individuals.

5. Integration with AI and Robotics:

  • Assistive Technologies: Embracing advancements in AI and robotics to create innovative solutions tailored to support individuals with disabilities in daily tasks and learning.
  • Manual Inputted Technologies: AI might be utilised in broader applications but might not focus specifically on supporting disabilities.

British Creative Institute's Approach:

BCI recognises the transformative impact of Assistive Technologies, AI, Robotics, and eVision technologies in supporting SEND post-16 learners. Through specialised programs and initiatives:

1. Innovative Learning Environments:

  • BCI integrates modern Assistive Technologies and AI advancements into its curriculum, ensuring SEND learners can access cutting-edge tools and resources.

2. Tailored Support and Training:

  • Specialised training programs at BCI equip learners with the skills to utilise Assistive Technologies effectively, empowering them to leverage these tools for their educational advancement.

3. Collaborative Initiatives:

  • Collaborations with AI and Robotics experts facilitate the development of customised solutions and tools, such as adaptive learning platforms and robotics-based assistive devices.

4. Access to eVision Technologies:

  • BCI’s commitment includes providing access to eVision technologies, aiding visually impaired learners in accessing educational materials and navigating their learning environment effectively.
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