The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education

Achieving potential through technology

BATOD and the BAEA (British Association of Educational Audiologists) worked together to produce a joint programme for this CPD study day/national conference. The venue was IET Birmingham: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP

Austin Court is the home of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in the Midlands.

In the heart of Birmingham, central and convenient, IET Birmingham: Austin Court is surrounded by the shops, galleries and theatres of the popular Brindleyplace district. With its lively location and quiet canalside setting, youíve got a versatile and attractive venue thatís great for concentration and relaxation alike. The Waterside Room opens right onto the canal, part of a network of peaceful waterways that criss-cross the centre of Birmingham.

Convenient for transport IET Birmingham: Austin Court is 5 minutes from the major motorway networks and an easy 15 minute walk from Birmingham New Street station.

The official venue parking is that used for the National Indoor Arena but local ToDs tell us that the cheapest and safe †one in that area off Queensway on Paradise Circus - turn into Cambridge Street and take first right (Brindley Drive) NPC carpark is on the corner on the right. †As with all carparks - park within the space lines and don't leave anything on show in the car. †There are paypoints on all levels and staff on ground level. Austin Court is further along Cambridge Street.

Our keynote speaker was Geoff Plant, sponsored by Med-El and the afternoon keynote speaker Jolanta McCall who shared information about her work testing and assessing hearing for autistic children. There was a range of workshops covering ipads, ipods and smartphones; Hearing Aids; Test boxes; CI and assistive technology; speech processors; fm and Soundfields; speech acoustics; developing speech skills; making lessons more accessible;

If you use any apps with your students to assist them with their studies or to enhance their listening skills or use apps as sound level meters or to assist your work as a ToD please share that information with us via our CPD and web resources group.

It is hoped that the 2014 Conference topic will look at 'technology moved on - especially for those with complex needs'. Any suggestions for speakers, workshops or resources will be gratefully received.