My focus is on helping members to ensure that digital content is accessible.
I also have interests and experience in assistive technology, needs assessment and inclusive strategies.
I support members across the UK through practical support and guidance, resources, communities of practice, and professional development.
I’ve worked in inclusive education and assistive technology for over 20 years. My first role was creating accessible learning materials for school pupils with vision impairment and I remain enthusiastic about Braille and tactile diagrams to this day.
I moved on to teach IT and assistive technology skills to college students with vision impairment, while also having responsibility for creating accessible and alternative formats. At the BRITE Initiative (Beattie Resources for Inclusiveness in Technology and Education) I provided accredited training in assistive technology and inclusive practice to further and higher education professionals. I also supported a nationwide assistive technology loan bank.
When BRITE closed in 2015, I continued to deliver the graduate-level course developed there, known as the Professional Development Award in Inclusiveness, through College Development Network (CDN).
Prior to joining Jisc, I was student experience manager with remit for access and inclusion at Edinburgh College. I worked across the college to ensure access to assistive technology for all disabled students and managed the access centre, which provides a specialist needs assessment service to students from colleges and universities across Scotland who have applied for Disabled Students Allowance.
A part-time student on MSc Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice at the University of Edinburgh, my dissertation involves researching factors that influence acceptance of digital mental health interventions.
Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and co-founder of Deaf Education Scotland.