Access to Communication and Technology (ACT) Service

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust; aims to empower people with disabilities, using techniques and technologies which optimise potential for communication and control. ACT works with people with complex disabilities to develop ways to enable them to communicate and interact with their environment, assisted by the use of electronic equipment.

ALISON - Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online

A website that offers 300 free online courses at Certificate or Diploma level. Study the interactive training courses at your pace, for home or work. Subject headings are Health and safety, English language skills, schools curriculum, business and enterprise skills and personal development. 

Computers Don't Bite

Omega factsheet on Personal Computers and the basics of information technology.

Drive-by Art Journaling - Make Time for Art

You want to create art. You want to express yourself and make beautiful things. It’s as important as any other aspect of your life, because it is who you are.

Future Learn

Join 1,143,552 people learning together at FutureLearn. Enjoy free online courses from top universities and cultural institutions from around the world.

The courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

Subject areas include Arts and Media, Health and Psychology, History and Politics and the Modern World.

Each course:

  • Takes around 3 to 11 weeks at around 3 – 5 hours/week.
  • Can be studied at your own pace.
  • Has a dedicated online student forum.
  • Has excellent academic/technical support.

How the computer changed the office forever

It was a British tea shop and catering chain that developed the first computer for business use. Since then, the computer has rewired office workers' brains, argues Lucy Kellaway.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Video presentation; Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity; Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children and champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Laptops are designed to die!

Article by My Welshpool dated April 30th 2013; "Computers and technology have become as important parts of our lives as the car or phone. We can’t remember what life was like without it but at the same time we seem to be facing constant problems because of them! Well worry no more! MyWelshpool has recruited Russell McKee of techgarage on Hall Street to answer any questions you may have. Here he shares his first column but if you have any issues, why not drop him a line on russell@techgarage.co.uk or pop into the shop!"

Special World

Special World for special education teachers, therapists and schools everywhere

Stand up for your rights - five types of assertion and how to use them

Blog post by Susan Edwards, British Medical Association (BMA), 18th May 2016.

Quick Reads – a great way to develop Functional Skills

Ideas and activities to help build confidence and improve reading, writing, discussion, maths and ICT skills.

Studying in UK as a Disabled Student

In UK, there’s no reason for disabled students not to pursue higher education. Despite still being very challenging to study as a disabled person, significant improvements are done and nowadays university is equally accessible to everyone.

Twitter superstar: Win friends and influence followers

Whether you are new to Twitter or a seasoned pro, this week's announcement of the rollout of a revamped look for the social network was a reminder that you need to make the most of the options it offers if you want to build up your number of followers and keep them hooked.

Young Citizens

Young Citizens is the Citizenship Foundation's youth-focused work.