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Moira Stephens

Moira has over 30 years’ experience of working in the field of special education.  Her specialist areas and qualifications are in the fields of cerebral palsy with profound and multiple sensory impairments, learning difficulties and global developmental delay. Her career has fuelled her interest and knowledge of special needs technology for children and young people who have complex health and physical impairments.  

As a Specialist Advisor for ICT and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Moira assesses children and young people with complex disabilities. She evaluates their needs within education and makes specific recommendations for assistive technology to support pupils across the curriculum. She embraces a multi-disciplinary approach, working with professionals from education, social care and health; working within a range of settings including schools, colleges, family homes, children’s centres, nurseries and NHS clinics.

Moira has designed multiple bespoke ICT training courses and delivered these, county-wide, to numerous individuals, families, small groups, therapy teams and school staff. These bespoke courses cover all aspects of special needs technology.

Moira is an ICT Software Champion for major software companies such as Crick Software, Widgit and Smartbox. All of whom are well known within the industry.  

Moira currently works in the Bristol area as an Independence and Transition Co-ordinator and runs the ICT Outreach Service for a special school that is Ofsted rated as 'Outstanding' for 'Leadership and Management'. The report notes that: "Eye-tracking technology and speech and communication enhancing technology is used very well and is enabling students’ access to a greater range of educational and social opportunities". 

Moira is also the Chairperson of the Department of Education's Special Needs and ICT Network (SNICT) group for the South, South West and Wales. This is a forum for sharing best practice and practical advice to support pupils with special needs and their access to assistive technology.  

Moira holds an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service.