At Ayoa, we are passionate about neurodiversity. We want to ensure that neurodivergent individuals don’t feel forgotten and that everyone can use our collaborative whiteboard software to be more creative and productive – and ultimately, achieve more. In fact, Ayoa is an assistive piece of software that has been approved by the DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) for Student Finance England.
As part of our mission to help neurodivergent students get the most out of their learning, Ayoa is hosting a FREE virtual CPD Day on Wednesday, 10th February from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (GMT). We will be joined by other assistive technology providers, as well as a host of neurodiversity experts and neurodivergent individuals, who will share their insights and give needs assessors and disability advisers practical advice on how they can best support neurodivergent students throughout 2021.
We’re excited to announce that two of the inspiring speakers joining us for this event are Yonah Welker, a tech explorer and mentor, and Amber, a university student and blogger. Find out more about them below:
Yonah Welker is a tech explorer who has been working on the intersection of technology and society since 2005, which led to him launching his first hardware think tank. Since then, he has founded and co-created various tech startups and labs, helped to facilitate tech ecosystems throughout North America, the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Europe, and contributed to a range of projects related to ethics concerning data, artificial intelligence (AI) and tech.
He has also guided the world’s youngest tech and AI inventors, including fellows from Ashoka and the United Nations, talent from Google, leaders from the WEDU, and alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Stanford University and Oxford University, amongst others.
In his session, Algorithmic Diversity and Accessibility Technology. Shifting from 2020 to 2021 (overview and future), Yonah will be discussing how even though Google is collaborating with autism-focused startups to create smart glasses and schools are now experimenting with social robots for ADHD, around 80-90% of neurodivergent individuals are still not employed full-time. With that in mind, he’ll be discussing what we have achieved in 2020 and what the future holds for algorithmic diversity, accessibility and inclusive technology.
Amber is a chronically ill university student and the author of the blog Aspects of Amber. She is extremely passionate about accessibility and disability rights and uses her blog to write about subjects such as chronic illness, her love of literature and her experiences of university life. She is currently studying for a degree in Education Studies and aspires to work in SEN education in the future.
As well as being a self-confessed bookworm and tea enthusiast, Amber lives with the condition Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E), which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). M.E can affect anyone and can cause symptoms such as generally feeling tired and unwell, as well sleep problems, headaches, and muscle and joint pain.
Amber will be joining us on our CPD Day to share her experiences as a disabled student that is currently studying online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also be offering invaluable insights into the DSA process from a student’s perspective.
Don’t worry – there’s still time to book your place on our FREE virtual CPD Day! Alongside Chris and Nick, you will be joined by a number of exciting guests such as assistive tech providers, TalkType and Caption.Ed, Learning Labs, comedian Rosie Jones, author Sam Marsden, plus many more speakers.
We hope you can join us between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM (GMT) on Wednesday, 10th February. Click here to register for the event – but hurry, spaces are filling up fast!
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