November Newsletter 2018 | Issue 9
Supporting staff and students to achieve their full potential
(Est. 1968)

Open Invitation


We would like to invite you, our CENMAC community, to attend the screening of our film 'CENMAC at 50' at Cineworld at the O2, which will be followed by light refreshments.
On: Friday 7 December, 11.00am 
Venue: Cinema 4, Cineworld, The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Please register for your FREE ticket via Eventbrite:

Help us to continue to celebrate 50 years of providing Assistive Technology in Education. 

Our 20 minute film hears from students and a range of staff about assistive technology past, present and future! From the first typewriters and voice synthesizer to robotics and the dream of equality in the provision of assistive technology for all. 

We look forward  to seeing you. 

Filmmaker Sasha Hoare at Communication Works Capturing footage for our celebratory film


Thank you to Michael Alhadeff, Ex-CENMAC pupil,  who not only speaks in our film but kindly shared his experiences on assistive technology throughout his education for our website - take a look to hear how important the assistive technology was in giving Michael his independence. 

Independence at school with Assistive Technology


New Staff

We are very pleased to welcome two new members of staff:
Erica Plowman
Erica is from a background in education including both secondary EAL and primary literacy intervention teaching, as well as being an E-learning designer and implementing the use of technology for Person-centred Planning.
Widgit symbol (c) 'Welcome'
Anne Skerritt
After taking early retirement from a SENCO role, Anne returns to take on this part-time role for us. Anne has worked in both mainstream and special education and in a number of senior roles

We are thrilled that both Anne and Erica have joined our team and I'm sure we will all benefit from their wide and varying experiences.

To see our full staff list visit: CENMAC/Meet the Team
We are very pleased to have signed up to provide this excellent online tool for
learning touch typing for our CENMAC pupils.  


KAZ Type’s Neurodiverse Typing Software
– Bett Awards Finalists 2019


KAZ Type’s Neurodiverse Typing Software was developed with advice and guidance from the Dyslexia Research Trust. It is suitable for individuals with one or a combination of some of the following neurological differences: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD, Tourette's, amongst others.

Using a unique and proven ‘accelerated learning’ teaching method, the program teaches typing skills whilst minimising disturbances related to visual stress by means of a unique 'Preference Screen' – tailor making the course to have maximum visibility comfort for the student’s needs.

Although a fundamental skill, efficient touch typing skills gives neurodivergent students a firm foundation on which to build and equips them with a new and powerful tool for learning and communicating.

Additionally, successful completion of the new City & Guilds Edition, not only equips students with a ‘life skill’ but with a digital certificate and badge to showcase on their social media profiles, CVs and job applications.

This specialised edition has also been shortlisted as a Bett Awards finalist 2019 for the Special Educational Needs Solutions category. The aim of the award is to reward products that make a distinct contribution to supporting learners with special educational needs.

Clicker 7 Training

Wednesday 12 December
9.30am-12 noon

Snowfields Primary School, Kirkby Grove, London SE1 3TD

Trainer: Kathryn Stowell

For further details about all courses please email:
Gill Dodsworth

Microsoft Education

Are you a windows user?
Do you know about the Microsoft Education community?

Lots of courses and resources around accessibility and inclusive technologies can be found here:

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