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Communication and Technology Resources – access from home

The sections below are hardware and software used in Beaumont College.
For further advice or support please ring 01524 541432 or email technologists@beaumontcollege.ac.uk


Makaton – Sign of the week, online classes, video resources, inspiring ideas. https://wetalkmakaton.org/

Electronic Communication

If you use an electronic communication aid the best source of support for hardware and software issues will be the company who makes it. The main companies are:

Smartbox (Grid 3 and Grid for iPad) – info@thinksmartbox.com 01684 578868 https://thinksmartbox.com
Liberator (Accent devices) – info@liberator.co.uk 01733 370470 https://liberator.co.uk
Assistiveware (Proloquo2Go) – info@assistiveware.com https://www.assistiveware.com/contact
TherapyBox (Scene and Heard) – info@therapy-box.co.uk 020 8749 3474 https://www.therapy-box.co.uk/

If you have questions about the content of the language pack or usage please ring to get in touch with one of the college Speech and Language Therapists.

Paper-based Communication


Used in college for making visual guides and social stories.  Boardmaker Online now has a 60 day free trial so you can make resources and print them or use on screen:

SymWriter 2
Symbol supported word processor. To be used either by learners who need reinforcement of symbols when typing. or can be used for creating symbol supported resources. Get a 30 DAY FREE TRIAL of Widgit Online by using code WIDGIT30


Please don’t just type and use ALL the symbols! Just key words – some guidance here: https://www.widgit.com/about-symbols/index.htm

Online Software

HelpKidzLearn. Engaging games and learning activities accessible by touchscreen, switch or mouse. Most also work on iPad – look for the iPad label on the game logos. https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

There is a 90 DAY FREE home licence for Beaumont College students.  You will need a code to set this up.  Please get in touch for this 01524 541432 or technologists@beaumontcollege.ac.uk

Loads of free, engaging activities for switch, mouse, touchscreen and eyegaze. https://www.ianbean.co.uk/senict-members-resource-portal/
There is also a subscription site which now has a 30 day free trial – https://www.senictsoftware.com/subscribe/

TarHeel Reader
A collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using touch screens, mouse switches.

TarHeel Gameplay
Free, easy-to-play, and accessible games. Each game is speech enabled.
You can create your own games using videos from the huge collection at YouTube. https://tarheelgameplay.org/

Downloadable Software

Grid 3. (PC only). This is a fairly complex piece of software, but has many pre-made activities within it. Importantly there is a full functional 60 day free trial. Most activities can be accessed with mouse, touchscreen or switches. https://thinksmartbox.com/product/grid-3/

Clicker 8. Literacy based activities, many pre made or make your own. Clicker 8 is freely available for home use while the CoronaVirus exclusions are in place. Beaumont College have a code so you can get free access.  Please get in touch for this 01524 541432 or technologists@beaumontcollege.ac.uk

Switch Use
Before you start switching…
1. Read this great switch progression guide: https://www.ianbean.co.uk/ngfl/SwitchProgression.pdf
If you need any assistance or advice email: technologists@beaumontcollege.ac.uk

Switch Driver
If you have a switch and a switch box (interface) you will need this software to make it work with HelpKidzlearn, Ianbean.com, Tar Heel Reader etc. Switch Driver is free https://thinksmartbox.com/download-switch-driver-6/switch-driver-download/ A manual can be found at https://thinksmartbox.com/product/switch-driver-6/

iPad Apps

Pictello. Great for making social stories, guided activities, instructions and loads more. Will read out any text you put into pages. Really simple to use but does cost £18.99

Our Story. Create social stories, guided activities, instructions etc. This app is free but you will need to record any speech output and it is a little harder to use than Pictello.

Inclusive Technology Apps (iPad and Android)
Wide range of apps at a basic access level – many of the apps are free. http://www.inclusive.co.uk/apps

Sensory App House (iPad and Chrome)
Loads of free apps aimed at sensory learners. Also can be run in Chrome Browser if you don’t have an iPad. https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/

App wheels

These posters show a range of apps which are available for learners with Additional Support Needs. Including:
• iPad Apps for Learners with Complex Additional Support Needs
• Android Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs
• Android Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties
• iPad Apps for Learners with Dyscalculia/Numeracy Difficulties

Computer, Tablet and Phone Accessibility

Office 365 Learning Tools. If you have Office 365 there are accessibility tools built in which can assist reading and writing. For a short video guide – https://bit.ly/Office365LT

General guides to access. Short video guides to changing settings on computers, phones and tablets. https://bit.ly/MakeTechWorkETF Many students use Word Prediction built into Windows 10 and Mac OS – https://bit.ly/WordPredict

Windows Accessibility. General guide to making changes in Windows 10 which may improve access. https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/Accessibility/windows

Mac Accessibility. General Guide to making changed in Mac OS which may improve access. https://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility/mac/


ALN Home School
This is a growing resource of links put together by the Assistive Technologist at Bridgend College. Loads of links to software and guides which may be useful. https://sites.google.com/bridgend.ac.uk/alnhomeschool