EASiTEC is currently developing the following projects:
Establishing accessible online learning directed toward the development and use of ICT (Information & Communications Technology)
A training centre in the Learning Hub at the University of Reading, including a digital one, directed toward technological intervention, education, and training of people with disabilities.
Training of volunteers and consultants to advise people with disabilities about appropriate technology equipment for their needs.
About Our Work
Some brief answers to common questions about what we do
Who are our main beneficiaries?
Our main beneficiaries are people with severe speech, language and communication disabilities, including those with Deafness, Autism, Blindness and Dyslexia. These conditions often put people at an enormous disadvantage. Giving a voice to thoughts or feelings is so important in our culture; language enables the systematic means of communicating ideas and feelings by use of signs, sounds, gestures or marks that have understood meanings. Our developing-technology-focused projects help to change ‘disadvantage’ into ‘advantage’ through the application of technology.
Where do our activities take place?
As EASiTEC is based at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, our main activities are focused in Reading (Berkshire). We do, however, pursue work with other colleagues around the world.
How many people have we helped?
We have directly worked with over 100 participants from schools, colleagues, universities, charities, local authorities, educational establishments, training agencies and commercial companies. The numbers would be much higher if we had more resources and much needed core and development funding.
What difference does our work make to our beneficiaries?
Our professional advisory work makes a huge difference in removing communication barriers, building confidence, and providing technological skills that are useful in school, college, the world of work and within the wider society. Communication Technology is the powerhouse and means of the exchange of information and feelings between deaf and disabled people with non-disabled people. With this ability to communicate comes the growth of self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as emotional development. It is our intention to provide young people and adults with a variety of disabilities the same opportunities as those in society without.