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Autism and Virtual Reality: Co-creating the future in education

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Arnolfini

16 Narrow Quay

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BS1 4QA

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Although registration is full (sold out) please get in touch with me (directly) if you'd like to attend. We have a little more capacity. Email: nigel.newbutt@uwe.ac.uk

FREE Event, please just register your attendance before end Feb 2018! Look forward to seeing you on the 1st March 2018.

The University of West England is pleased to present this free networking event on the use of virtual reality technologies (VR) for children and young people on the autistic spectrum.

Programme:
The programme is designed to enable practitioners, parents, young people, researchers and technology companies to collaborate on the use of virtual reality in schools.

Speakers and Topics are:

  • Professor Sarah Parsons (Professor of autism and social inclusion, University of Southampton): Research state-of-the-art and future possibilities for VR and autism
  • Associate Professor Sue Cobb (Associate professor and Head of Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham): Moving closer to a framework for technology in schools.
  • Mr Chris Carter (ICT Manager, Cambian Group): A case study of using VR in an autism-specific school.
  • Mr Iian Conley (Assistant Principal, The Mendip School): Curriculum and how recent changes can support (and limit) pupils in SEN + SAMR model and meaningful use of ICT.
  • Mr Adam Dixon (Young adult with autism who works with technology for Autus): Working with technology and the affordances these can offer autistic individuals; a case study of working in virtual reality.
  • Dr Chrysoula Mangafa (Researcher and Lecturer, The Open University): Using technology in schools; opportunities and pitfalls.

Why you should attend:
This is an excellent Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity to increase your skills, knowledge and practice in a fast-emerging field of education.

The event will include tea/coffee on arrival, lunch and a tour of the Bristol Virtual Reality lab to see and experience the latest state of the art VR technology.

You will have the opportunity to:

  1. Learn about the latest developments related to technology (virtual reality) being used by autistic people;
  2. Hear from a range of speakers who will focus on VR and autism, both from conceptual and practical perspectives;
  3. Learn about examples of VR being used in schools;
  4. Contribute and formulate ideas that will focus on the challenges, potential and future directions of this exciting and evolving technology in schools.


Further reading/context:

Why is Virtual Reality both important for users with autism and in the Bristol context?
Bristol is considered a digital and technology hub within the UK, one of the largest and most successful outside London. In addition, Bristol is seen as a connected city and UWE, among others, are playing a role in this. In fact very recently the Guardian identified Bristol as having a “well-established tech scene” (https://tinyurl.com/yc9faqwv). The recently opened Bristol VR Lab is a good example of the evolving and developing technology ‘scene’ in the city and we are proud to have such initiatives, and would do well to make the most of them (see more here: https://bristolvrlab.com/). With the affordance of a VR Lab in the city, and the drive to develop incubators and co-working spaces, this networking event is interested in drawing together a range of stakeholders to develop a roadmap that will help to identify the challenges, barriers, and potential for using VR technology in (and around) Bristol-based schools. In developing the first steps for VR and autism in Bristol, we hope to open the doors for future collaboration and to make sure that this important agenda (i.e. technology and autism) is centre-most in the Bristol region. We are keen for many voices and opinions to be heard at this event. We are looking to listen and consolidate ideas. We value a grounded approach and the issues and ideas that are important to users and practitioners in the field of education. We hope this network will start to address some of these important questions.

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