Hearing dog Beck supports deaf people to live independently
Hearing dog Beck supports deaf people to live independently

How tech is supporting Hull children with additional needs

Technology to support children with hearing and visual impairments and physical disabilities has been showcased in Hull.

Hull City Council’s Integrated Physical and Sensory Service (IPaSS) supports children and young people with additional needs through technology such as digital magnifiers, braille communication, writing aids and radio aids.

The team showcased some of that tech at the Technology Matters event at Endeavour in Hull.

IPaSS also offers access to support including British Sign Language, deaf instructors and hearing dogs for the deaf.

Technology such as digital magnifiers support children with visual impairments in the classroom

Technology such as digital magnifiers support children with visual impairments in the classroom

Jo Moxon, assistant director for learning and skills at Hull City Council, said: “With the correct technology and support, children and young people are enabled to be as independent as they can be, throughout their education and into adult life.”

Becky, 20, has received support from IPaSS throughout her education. She said: “For me, it was trial and error. I tried different technology and some worked for me and others didn’t.

“The technology has come a long way since I started getting support through IPaSS. Without it, I would need someone with me the whole time. Because of the technology, I can live my life independently.”

Watch Hannah Tusiime, an IPass support teacher for children with physical difficulties, describing some of the support available.

Families who have concerns about their children’s hearing, vision or physical difficulties should contact their GP or school in the first instance. Read more about IPaSS here.

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