FREE WEBINAR – Microsoft: Empowering Potential

FREE WEBINAR – Microsoft: Empowering Potential

Empowering Potential

The BDA is proud to present a free webinar with Microsoft!

CPD Certificate Provided

Time: 7.30 - 8.30pm

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. With more than 1 billion people in the world with disabilities, there is no limit to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of all those who use it.

Arran Smith, Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant, will be talking about Assistive Technology which has been brought into mainstream use which enables teachers, students and dyslexic people of all ages to access the inbuilt assistive technology anytime, anywhere.

Arran will talk about the functionality that has been added into Office 365 and Windows 10 that can help to support its dyslexic users. He will also be looking at how it can support students with dyslexia and SEND and the support they may need.

Webinar Presenter - Arran Smith

Arran Smith considers himself as one of the 4% of the population as a severely dyslexic adult.

When Arran was aged 9 he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He uses the metaphor that dyslexia is like going to the dentist, well that’s how it was for him until he was 14. This was the age when he realised that dyslexia is a difference, not a disadvantage.

During Arran’s working life he has worked in many industries including youth work, retail business and the not-for-profit sector. Arran has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years. He is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Arran has spoken at many large conferences and events across the UK and, more recently, spoke at a national conference in India.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic, he uses technology to support his needs and without technology he would not be doing what he is doing today.



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