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Creative courses and technology

The use of technology to support disabled students taking creative courses has expanded in recent years offering a chance for active involvement in many aspects of design and performance.

The Royal College of Art stated that in 2015, 29% of their students identified themselves as dyslexic, compared to around 5% - 10% of the general population. Jo Stockham, Head of Print suggests planning via visual means, making collages and artists’ books to support writing skills. The college offers workshops on “memory, note-taking, verbal presentations, relaxation techniques and library skills.”

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama offer Guidelines on ‘Inclusive Practice and Alternative Forms of Assessment’ for Students with Specific Learning Difficulties which is available to download in PDF format and discusses the use of PowerPoint, oral and visual presentations instead of written examinations.

Embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum: an art and design practitioner’s guide (choose the first download button for the PDF) discusses the use of technology when working with a visually impaired student (section 5.4) and there is an increased use of 3D printing to enable tactile access to art for example the Oxford Museums’ project.

Thinking about supporting deaf students on a performing arts course, you may enjoy watching Chris Fonseca, a deaf teacher of dance and learning how one video started his dream and how he missed not having role models. The National Deaf Children’s Society has helpful guidance about the use of hearing technologies for ‘deaf young people in further education’.

You may also be interested in other related resources which can be accessed from the ‘See also’ section at the bottom of this page.

Have you found any technologies that have helped you deliver art subjects in a different way?

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