Kellie Mote

Subject specialist: strategy (assistive technology)

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Role

My goal is to ensure that assistive technology is effectively deployed and forms an essential component of an inclusive educational experience. My other interests and experience include a deep understanding of accessibility regulations and inclusive strategies.

Passionate about connecting people and finding innovative solutions that work in the real world, I support and develop supportive communities of practice for members who are interested in assistive technology and accessibility.

Partnership working and liaising with key policy bodies is an important part of my work. I will also provide input to MSc Educational Assistive Technology at the University of Dundee, the development of which was supported by Jisc.

Background

I have 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.

At BRITE (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), with whom I also developed online professional learning courses in mental health, inclusive practice, and positive behaviour strategies.

Prior to joining Jisc in 2019, I was student experience manager with remit for access and inclusion at Edinburgh College. I worked across the college to provide 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.

In 2020 I completed an MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice at the University of Edinburgh. My dissertation investigated the role of technology acceptance as an influence on young people's willingness to use digital mental health interventions. I am a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).