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Zoe: How a learner who has autism and dyslexia learner uses an iPad to help her to study.

Zoe, an autistic and dyslexic learner, describes the support provided by Northern College and how she used an Ipad to help her to complete her Access to HE Diploma in Social Sciences. She describes in detail how her personal support worker and the ipad helped her communicate, feel safe and boosted her confidence.

She was able to ask questions without having to speak to unfamiliar people, to take notes in a neat and secure manner, mistakes and spellings could be corrected leaving no mess. The ipad's camera was used as a tool to record group work and share with others which helped with inclusivity as well as a means to record information quickly.

Connection to the VLE and internet allowed Zoe to access resources in the correct colour and to research meanings on the fly. All her work was instantly available at any time and across all her devices.

The organisational tools were a boon to her timekeeping and day to day routine which helped reduce her stress levels especially when her routine changed as she could have early notice of this.

She used her ipad as a distraction instead of doodling and could busy herself with work on it to avoid unwanted contact to suit her mood. She regarded this as less disrespectful to tutors and other class members.

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David Pedley
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Northern College
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South Yorkshire