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  • LIVE SESSION & EVENT | CSUN Conference 2017, San Diego

    Title | Aid transition and boost retention with assistive technology

    Date: 25th February 2017

    Time: 10.30am

    Type: 1 hour session

    Location: Gaslamp CD, 2nd Floor, Seaport Tower, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA


    • Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services, University of Connecticut

    • Dave Tucker, CEO of Sonocent

    • Jason Carroll, Global Products Manager for Texthelp

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    Event runs from February 27 to March 4 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA.

    27th February 2017 - 10:30 AM

  • EVENT & LIVE SESSION | Learning Difference Convention - Melbourne

    Title | Note-taking is the Biggest Problem Students with Dyslexia Encounter

    Date: 25th February 2017

    Time: 10.30am

    Type: 1 hour session

    Location: Seminar Room 1, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Queensberry St, Parkville VIC 3010

    Speaker: Jim Sprialis

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    25th February 2017 - 10:30 AM

  • EVENT | SPLD Conference at Sheffield University Students Union

    Date: 9th February 2017

    Time: 18:30 – 21:30 GMT

    Location: The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Students Union Main Auditorium, Sheffield. S10 2TN

    Host: University of Sheffield Specific Learning Difficulties Society 

    Attending: Lucy Toffolo, DSA & Training Manager

    Cost: £5.87 - £8 per person


    The event will take the form of a panel debate in which you get the chance to ask the questions that will guide our discussions. The debates will cover a large range of issues including education, Specific Learning Difficulties, societal attitudes to disability and education, policy and approaches to disability throughout in the education system. On the panel are:

    • Lord David Blunkett, Board member of the National Citizens Service Trust and Chair of the David Ross Multi Academy Educational Trust

    • Professor Julian Elliott, Principal of Collingwood College, and Professor of Educational Psychology, at Durham University

    • Professor Rod Nicolson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Sheffield, UK

    • Catherine Wright, Regional Manager for the North and Central area for Dyslexia Action

    • Professor Dennis Hayes, former teacher and panel member of the Mayor of London’s Education Inquiry - a philospher, TES columnist and co-author who founded the campaign group Academics For Academic Freedom (AFAF). He was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Times Higher Education magazine in 2007.

    • Margaret Rooke, author of Creative, Successful, Dyslexic

    • Emma Lewell-Buck (MP),  Labour Member of Parliament for South Shields

    • Peter Walsh, researcher of the social dimension of health and illness


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    09th February 2017 - 6:30 PM

  • EVENT | Westminster Higher Education Forum

    Conference focus: Disabled students at university - facilities, support services and the impact of funding changes

    Date: Thursday, 26th January 2017

    Location: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

    CPD Certified: Yes

    Intended Audience: People associated with the DSA

    Attending: Lucy Toffolo, DSA & Training Manager

    Connect with Lucy: @sonocent_lucy


    Brief Overview:

    Timed to follow the reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) - introduced in September 2016 and which includes a significant reduction in the range of support which can be funded - this seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the immediate impact of the changes as well as steps that can be taken to address further challenges for disabled students’ in Higher Education. 

    Planned sessions will look at the accessibility of campuses, examples of best practice in providing facilities and support services for disabled students - particularly in light of the funding reforms - as well as what more can be done to increase the number of disabled people entering HE in the first instance. 

    We expect attendees to include university and college leaders and support staff, deans and senior teaching staff; senior representatives from within the NHS and private support providers; assistive technology providers; lawyers; architects, university estates directors, construction companies and others involved in campus design and students’ and lecturers’ unions.

    Conference Agenda

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    26th January 2017 - 9:00 AM

  • LIVE SESSIONS | BETT 2017, Excel London

    Sonocent presentations at Bett Show 2017


    Title | 4 audiocentric learning strategies and how Sonocent can support them - interactive workshop

    Dates: 25, 26 & 27 January 2017

    Times: 10.30-11.30 and 15.00-16.00

    Location: North Gallery, Room 10

    Presenter: 4 Panelist

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    Title | How audio note-taking can help EAL students

    Dates: 25, 26 & 27 January 2017

    Time: 12.15-12.45

    Location: North Gallery, Room 10

    Presenter: Reeza Adwoodun, Sonocent Consultant

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    Title | How can students use audio to study smarter and achieve more?

    Dates: 25, 26 & 27 January 2017

    Time: 13.00-13.30

    Location: North Gallery, Room 10

    Presenter: Dave Tucker, CEO of Sonocent

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    Title | How does lecture capture and recording support learning?

    Dates: 25, 26 & 27 January 2017

    Time: 14.00-14.45

    Location: North Gallery, Room 10

    Presenter: Lucy Toffolo, DSA & Training Manager, Sonocent

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    Title | Responding to change in HE: Digitising note-taking support?

    Dates: 25, 26 & 27 January 2017

    Time: 16.30-17.00

    Location: North Gallery, Room 10

    Presenter: Lucy Toffolo, DSA & Training Manager, Sonocent

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    25th January 2017 - 10:30 AM

  • LIVE SESSION | Best Practices for Digitizing Note-taking Accommodations

    Next Date: Friday, January 20th

    Next Time: 2:15 pm - 2.35 pm

    Next Location: Exhibit Hall Theatre, ATIA Conference 2017, Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

    Structure: 60 minute presentation or a 20 miute product demonstration

    Session abstract: Why is note taking so difficult? What additional challenges do people with disabilities face? Why are effective note-taking strategies about more than capturing information? How can audio-editing technology help students take better notes, remember more of what they hear, and regain control of their learning?

    Session description: In this session, Dave Tucker will look at the research demonstrating that note taking is a core study skill that is absolutely intrinsic to learning and academic success. He will explain how students with disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD struggle to take effective notes independently due to issues with working memory, spelling and grammar, organization skills, and handwriting. And he will provide practical examples of how the latest audio-editing technology can be a game-changer for these students, by allowing them to take recordings of classes, annotate as they listen, and revisit the material at their own pace. Throughout the session, Dave will draw on examples of 2- and 4-year institutions who have added audio-editing technology to their toolkit of note-taking accommodations, and seen an immediate jump in student engagement, retention and GPA as a direct consequence.

    Key Learning Objectives:

    1. How by using AT, students with disabilities can take notes independently.
    2. How institutions can implement digital note-taking provisions on campus easily following best-practice
    3. Digital note-taking systems provide a better quality of support for students which raises attainment

    Expertise Level: All Levels / Beginner

    Speaker: Dave Tucker

    Speaker bio: Dave has delivered talks on the challenges of note taking and the solutions offered by the latest assistive technology at conferences across North America and Europe. He is President of the multi-award-winning educational technology firm Sonocent, who make software which has enabled over 110,000 students with disabilities in Europe and North America to take notes independently, without support from peer notetakers. Dave is a champion of the spoken word and has dedicated his career to helping students and professionals harness its potential to transform the way they work.

    Company description: Sonocent develops software that enables students with learning disabilities to create their own notes. Instead of writing notes, students record classes and highlight key parts with color. Sonocent software combines color, audio, text, images and presentation slides all into a single workspace. Available for iOS, Android, PC and Mac. Find out more or ask a question.

    ATIA 2017 Conference:

    20th January 2017 - 2:15 PM


    We're off to the ATIA 2017 Conference in Orlando where we will have a stand and a room full of presentations followed by a 10 year birthday party.

    Booth: 7 & 8

    Event Location: Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center – Orlando, Florida

    Pre-conference seminars: January 17–18, 2017

    Conference: January 18–21, 2017

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    Thursday January 19 - Presentations and Evening Event in Meeting Room Boca VII


    Title | Digitizing note-taking support and how it creates learning independence, raises attainment, and reduces administration

    Time: 9.30 am

    Structure: 90-minute interactive session

    Speaker: Dave Tucker, CEO of Sonocent

    Session abstract: What do we mean by digitizing note-taking support? Why should colleges consider digitizing note-taking? Who can benefit from digital note-taking? How have institutions implemented Sonocent note-taking software, and what were the benefits to learning independence, GPA scores, retention rates, and simplified administration?

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    Title | Scaffold learning with audio note-taking software

    Time: 11.00 am

    Structure: 1 hour

    Speaker: Dave Tucker, CEO of Sonocent

    Session abstract: Join this intensive, hands-on demonstration of how audio note-taking software enables students who struggle with written language develop core study skills that will stand them in good stead throughout further education and employment.

    Register now while places remain


    Title | How To Promote AT To Students Across Departments And Beyond Disability Services

    Time: 2.00 pm

    Structure: 20 minutes with 10 minutes Q&A

    Speaker: Brad Held, Accessible Technology Coordinator, University of Central Florida (UCF)

    Session abstract: Traditionally, accessible technology has been seen as a specific accommodation for students who have additional needs due to disability. But what about students who struggle academically but who have not connected with disability services?

    In this presentation, the University of Central Florida (UCF) will discuss how they worked with academic services and the athletic department to widen access to literacy software Read & Write and note-taking software Sonocent. You will learn how AT can be used to help a wide body of students overcome their learning challenges and improve fundamental study skills.

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    Title | Trialling Sonocent: How To Train Students And Create A Culture Of Learning Independence

    Time: 2.45 pm

    Structure: 20 minutes with 10 minutes Q&A

    Speaker: Sara Henry, Director of Disability Services, University of Maine

    Session abstract: In this session with Sara Henry, Director of Disability Support Services at the University of Maine, you’ll hear how a world-class university created learning independence for students with disabilities by implementing Sonocent.

    Sara will explain how she went about integrating the software into the university’s support toolkit. Plus, she will share details of the training she put in place to ensure students were able to use Sonocent effectively for note taking and other core study skills.

    Register now while places remain


    Title | Trialling Sonocent: The Sonocent Pilot Journey And Why It Worked For The University Of North Florida

    Time: 3.30 pm

    Structure: 20 minutes with 10 minutes Q&A

    Speaker: Edward Zirkle, Educational Coordinator, University of North Florida

    Session abstract: Last Fall, the University of North Florida began a semester-long pilot of Sonocent software for note-taking support. Starting the pilot in August 2016, Ed now hopes to purchase additional licenses and begin rolling the software out more widely. But what happened in between times?

    In this session, Edward Zirkle, Educational Coordinator at the University of North Florida’s Disability Resource Center, will talk about why he decided to pilot Sonocent, how he did it, the support he received, and the results that prompted the university to widen access to the software.

    Register now while places remain


    Followed by a Sonocent 10 year birthday party in the same room 6.00pm - 8.00pm. This networking event will feature free birthday cake and drinks. Register your interest.

    18th January 2017 - 9:30 AM

  • EVENT | BETT 2017

    To celebrate our 10th birthday and to launch our new Mac Version 4 release, we will be joining Douglas Stewart on their stand at BETT. We are also hiring Room 10 to host a series of presentations, demos and meetings. We will also be serving refreshments throughout the day. If you are interested in attending any of these and would like to find out more, please email

    Stand Location: B425

    Room Location: North Gallery Suite 10

    Location: Excel, London

    Dates: 25th - 28th January 2017

    Full Exhibitor Details

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    25th January 2017 - 9:00 AM

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