Assistive Technology Trainer

14th October 2019 by Catia Neves

Diversity and Ability Ltd. (D&A) are looking for an enthusiastic and organised person to join our friendly team. D&A is an end-user led social enterprise designed to enable disabled adults to access and flourish in higher education and the workplace. D&A specialises in 1-to-1 Assistive Technology Training and SpLD Study Skills support for disabled/dyslexic learners as part of their DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) or Access to Work provision.

Present figures show that only one third of disabled students take up their AT training. This highlights a gap in the support system which D&A aims to fill. The training that is currently available in the sector is generally IT training not AT training, and is not centred enough on each individual’s learning needs. D&A is different. We focus on every individual’s unique learning style and needs, integrating strategies and training to best suit the individual.

D&A promotes a social model of disability where dyslexia and other learning difficulties are perceived as arising from a natural human diversity, as opposed to ‘deficit’ models of understanding disability. We envisage a change that would see ‘Specific learning difficulty’ (SpLD) to change and become ‘Specific Learning Difference’. The celebration and acceptance of different learning styles, and the important contributions this neurodiversity continually makes in society, remains core to our vision and goal. Working to change attitudes through positive campaigns and ongoing support is a lynchpin in the delivery and success of the training and support we provide.

See here for more information on the types of things we do.

 

Your Role and Responsibilities – ‘Assistive Technology Trainer’

 

The role may encompass but is not confined to:

  • Training on Assistive Technology which is designed to support students with  Literacy skills including spelling, grammar, comprehension and reading
  • Teach software strategies to improve time management and organisational skills
  • Implementing AT Study skills techniques which includes: Mind mapping, memory techniques, concentration techniques, note taking techniques, assignment planning, essay writing skills, research method skills, proofreading and revision techniques.
  • To work with learners to identify and help overcome specific difficulties, via coaching to enable self-esteem changes and confidence building.
  • To help facilitate reasonable adjustments in order to ensure support is delivered in an accessible manner
  • To complete and return all relevant paperwork in a timely and accurate manner

Requirements:

  • Exceptional emotional intelligence and sensitivity as you will be working with a range of clients with different levels of needs and abilities
  • Ability to work autonomously- this is a lone working role, supporting individuals on a one to one basis often in their own homes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner: ability to build clear professional boundaries, maintain the confidentiality of clients
  • High level of organisational skills
  • Ability to pick up IT skills and internal processes quickly

Desirable:

  • Experience using Google Services- Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar
  • Have experience of database management
  • Knowledge and experience of working with disabled/ neurodivergent people
  • Understanding of Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) processes
  • To have undertaken studies in Higher Education

Benefits:

D&A is committed to equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity. We are a disability confident employer and encourage openness around mental health, hidden and visible disabilities. We have built a supportive team that is committed to your wellbeing, progression and development.

  • Comprehensive training on disability and equality, specific learning differences and neurodiversity, study skills/ workplace strategies, assistive technology, metacognitive training and goal setting
  • Regular continual professional development (CPD) opportunities, free accredited training
  • A supportive team of talented, knowledgeable and passionate colleagues
  • Opportunities to get involved in various social justice projects (eg. supporting homeless individuals)
  • Flexible work
  • Travel subsidies
  • Assistive Technology Software licences provided

To Apply:

If the opportunity to join a friendly and vibrant team interests you, please do get in touch! You can call us on 0800 978 8303 or email  jointheteam@diversityandability.com for more information, or if you need this job description in an alternative format. Equally, please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, and guarantee interviews to disabled applicants who meet the minimum job criteria.

We look forward to hearing from you!