Supporting Learning for Young People

For the third year in-a-row Concept Northern exhibited at the Scottish Learning Festival. Over the two days we met and informed delegates from a wide range of teaching backgrounds about strategies for helping young people with different learning challenges such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, visual impairments and hearing loss.

The aim of the Festival is to encourage good practice for learning professionals and create a confident teaching profession for the 21st century. This year also had a special theme – “Collaborating for Improvement”. This was a call to empower young people to make their own decisions about their future training and employment pathways.

We share similar goals. We want to encourage both students and teachers across the education spectrum to take advantage of assistive-technology products which can have a life-changing effect on how people learn.

Literacy software such as ‘Texthelp Read&Write’ helps individuals with dyslexia gain confidence when articulating their own thoughts and understanding those of others. ‘Brain in Hand’ empowers people with autism spectrum disorder to organise their day and reduce the likelihood of anxiety. Portable magnifiers mitigate the effects of loss of vision. Finally, the Roger product range from Phonak transfers speakers’ voices direct to the listener for those may otherwise struggle to hear in larger spaces such as lecture halls or meeting rooms.

Combined with the right training and support, these products help to break down the learning barriers that adversely affect development. By providing the tools, skills and strategies for positive change, we help young people achieve their learning goals and put them in a great position to succeed in the next phase of their lives – employment.

Our “Assistive Technology & Business Skills for Dyslexia” qualification – an SQA Customised Award rated at Level 5 on the SCQF framework – is a great example of how technology and training can prepare young people with dyslexia for the world of work. It’s an important part of our ‘On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!’ programme which supports people at school, in higher education, in vocational training or in Modern Apprenticeships.

Our ambition to help young people learn and work better has been our company’s primary aim for over twenty years. Judging by the reactions from Learning Festival staff and delegates, it’s a common goal which we look forward to achieving together.

For more information about our range of assistive technology and training solutions, please contact Alan Taylor on 01355 573173 or at

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