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E.A. Draffan

E.A. Draffan's career began as a Speech and Language Therapist spending eight years as the District Speech and Language Therapist at a group of London Hospitals. The work involved supporting disabled people with a wide range of communication difficulties. Having left the National Health Service, she then worked in schools and colleges, specialising in the support of those with Special Needs whilst encouraging the use of assistive technologies (AT). A Winston Churchill Fellowship provided the chance to see how centres of AT were set up in the United States. This resulted in ten years work at the University of Sussex, building and running a regional AT Centre, whilst liaising with others to introduce the concepts of equal access to teaching and learning for those with disabilities. She went on to work with JISC TechDis, with Professor Paul Blenkhorn and now with the Web and Internet Science Research Group in ECS at the University of Southampton as a Senior Research Fellow. Recent projects have included open source development of AT tools, voting systems to encourage the user voice around the localisation of AAC symbols sets, in particular the Tawasol symbols for an Arabic/English dictionary. European funded work has been related to online learning resources for MOOCs and accessible presentation tools to encourage inclusive teaching and learning environments for those with disabilities