Autumn Newsletter  | September 2019 Issue 15
Supporting staff and students to achieve their full potential
(Est. 1968)

Dear CENMAC Community,

Widgit symbol for welcomeWelcome Back!

We hope it's been a positive start to the new academic year, after a relaxing and enjoyable summer break! The team are busy delivering equipment and providing training to those students who have transferred schools. However, if you have had any staff changes and would like a visit to support confidence and skills then please do get in touch. Also, please make contact if students are finding things have changed over the holidays and they would like a review of their technology. 

If you are unclear who to contact then please email:


We look forward to working with all the schools,
students and staff again this year. 

We are very pleased to be introducing Mary, a new Advisory Teacher and Sarah a Speech
and Language Therapist to our CENMAC
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Mary has been teaching in Greenwich primary schools since completing her B.Ed at the University of Greenwich in the early 1990s. She has always had a keen interest in supporting pupils with additional needs. She has worked as an EAL/EMA teacher in a school where over fifty languages were spoken, before completing the National Award for SEN Coordination and working as a SENCO in a four-form entry primary school. Mary then chose to develop her specialism in one area of SEN, leading a Designated Specialist Provision for pupils with ASD.   

Sarah is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with experience of collaborating with education and healthcare professionals to deliver integrated therapy to students with complex communication needs. She has a particular interest in assistive technology and high tech communication systems and practices.  

Kathryn Stowell
Team Leader

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CENMAC at TES SEN Show 2018

CENMAC at the TES Show 2019

CENMAC will be at THE TES SEN show 2019 (Stand 5)
4 – 5 October 2019
| The Business Design Centre, London

Register for your free tickets HERE

Come and visit us at stand number 5 to see a range of the assistive technology equipment and software we provide the CENMAC students we support.  

You may also like to check out the CPD programme:


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Back to school resources: Transitions    


Here is some links to resources you might find helpful as we support transitions and begin the first term  


  • Support students to create their own multimedia self advocacy wiki pages, a great way for students to share media in supporting transitions – want to know please ask your advisory teacher

Clicker 7 Training

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Are you keen to have new staff trained or know how to adapt and use the
tools in Clicker 7?  


Then book via Eventbrite for our CENMAC Clicker 7 training on:  

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019  

Time: 9.15am - 12noon  

Venue: Snowsfields Primary School, 123 Snowsfields, London SE1 3TD 

Or register for one of the Crick Clicker 7 breakfast sessions 

FREE Clicker 7 Breakfast Seminars

All events are from 8:15am to 10:00am and the dates are as follows

  • Wimbledon breakfast seminar
    Friday 11 October 2019 Holiday Inn Express London - Wimbledon South, 200 High Street, Colliers Wood, London, SW19 2BH
  • Bexley breakfast seminar
    Thursday 17 October 2019 Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel, 1 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7JZ
  • Barnet breakfast seminar
    Thursday 7 November 2019 West Lodge Park, Cockfosters Road, Barnet, EN4 0PY
  • Haringey breakfast seminar
    Tuesday 12 November 2019 Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
  • Lewisham breakfast seminar
    Thursday 21 November 2019 The Clarendon Hotel, Montpelier Row, Blackheath,
    London, SE3 0RW

If you would like to book a place, please complete the online registration  form on Crick Software's website at Alternatively, call  01604 671691 or email with your details.
As places are limited, only two delegates per school are permitted. Confirmation of your booking will be emailed to your school nearer to the event date.


Voice Banking Needs Volunteers

Our team attended the Communications Matters conference and were really inspired by the speakers and information shared. Sarah, our new Speech and Language Therapist, was keen to share this information about Voice Banking with our CENMAC family.

Google's Project Euphonia

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Richard Cave, MND SLT Project Manager, Motor Neurone Disease Association said:

The goal is for people with severe dysarthria to still be able to communicate using natural speech, using an app that will translate their speech accurately in near real-time if they are not understood. The project has just launched and is being developed as we go – so it’s not the finished article by any means. The initial results are promising.

I am looking people with MMD and with severe dysarthria (can usually only be understood by significant others) and good respiratory support that would be interested in participating. They will need to record up to 3500 pre-set phrases. We will provide them with all the support and equipment they need, including a Google Pixel smartphone.'
Symbol for referralNew Referral

Do you have new students who you think would benefit from assistive technology then please use the attached link to make a referral. Please also ring if you would like some advice or would like to discuss particular needs.  

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Here is how to make  your computer easier to see  

Royal National College for the Blind Activity Weekend
Free activity weekend for visually impaired pupils
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019

For young people aged 13 to 17 that are blind or partially sighted
The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), Hereford


Have a Go Weekend

During the weekend you will meet other people of your own age, make friends and have fun in a safe and inclusive environment. You will stay in your own room in our halls of residence and you will experience what it’s like to live the life of an RNC student.

For more information visit the website at


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The CENMAC office will be closed for the October half-term between

Monday 21 October - Friday 25 October (inclusive)

We re-open on Monday 28 October 2019

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