I am conducting a research project which aims to find out how computer technologies were used by and for people with learning disabilities between 1980 and 2000. I am interested in capturing the experiences or ‘lost stories’ of people who were using or supporting the use of technologies at this time.
As part of this work I am keen to interview professionals who played a key role nationally in the UK in developing new technologies for people with learning disabilities or supporting people with learning disabilities to use these technologies between 1980 and 2000.
So far I have been able to interview 49 professionals. These have included teachers, SEN and ICT advisory teachers, professionals who worked in national or regional support centres such as SEMERC, Becta, ACE, Cenmac and AbilityNet; researchers and software developers.
I am presenting my findings at BETT this year on Wednesday 25th January 10:30am in the SEN Live Area.
There are some professionals who I have not been able to locate who I would love to be able to interview about the important role they played in the field. If you know any of the following people I would be ever so grateful if you could point them to this blog or contact me in person at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Mary Hope, National co-ordinator of the SEMERC programme
Phillip Lewis, Department of Education
Dave King- Manager of the Special Needs Software Centre that was part of the original Manchester SEMERC
Jean Johnston and anyone else who worked at the Bristol SEMERC
Colin Richards, Derek Cooper and anyone else who worked at the Newcastle SEMERC
Trevor Watts and anyone else from the Bassetlaw Hospital School who helped to develop TGW Software
Derek Harrison who wrote the BIMH suite of software programmes
Ian Glenn, developer of concept keyboard
David Sewell and Andrew Rostron, researchers from Hull University
Lyndon Thomas from the Special Needs Technology Centre in Clywd and anyone else from Wales
Also- anyone from Northern Ireland or Scotland??