Congratulations to staff and students from Bedelsford School and Orchard Hill College whose collaboration with Kingston University’s Ubitech project has won two awards in the Kingston Borough Business Awards 2021. The project won both of the categories that they were nominated for – the ‘Health & Wellbeing and Innovative use of Technology’ awards. Huge congratulations to everyone who was involved.
The project, designed to explore the accessibility of everyday technology for young people with disabilities, was a fantastic challenge for some of the young people involved. They were involved in designing four games with two researchers and also worked with two undergraduates on new apps around sensory stories and an adaptation to Spotify, the music streaming service.
They are also supporting accessibility around a new sensory library the school is setting up in Kingston public library. Last year some of the college students helped with the games. We are also looking at using apps to support young people with ASD recognise expressions and decode social cues.
The awards were organised by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce and the winners were announced at a gala dinner on 17th March.