The Team

The work on this SBRI funded proof of concept project has been carried out by ECS Partners with the support of John Darlington and the Accessibility Team within the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton.

Abi James – Project Manager

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Abi is a researcher and consultant on how technology can help overcome dyslexia, special educational needs and disabilities. Diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 9, Abi used computers and technology throughout her education to enable her to successfully complete her PhD and achieve in the workplace. Over the past decade she has led a number of projects to develop, deploy and evaluated how both mainstream and assistive technology removes barriers to learning. Now working as consultant, Abi frequently presents to conferences, and contributes to articles and papers on the latest technology developments. Abi chairs the British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee and is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Accessibility Group at the University of Southampton.

Professor Mike Wald – Principal Investigator

Telephone: Work (Voice): +44 (0)23 8059 3667
Mike Wald Dr Wald leads research into accessible technologies in the Web and Internet Science Research Group, ECS and has advised HEFCE, JISC, BECTA and Universities on enhancing learning through the use of technologies. He established the University’s MSc in Computer Based Learning and Centre for Enabling and Learning Technologies (CELT) in 1994 and was involved in the establishment of the University’s Disability and Assistive Technology Services. He is a founder member of the International Liberated Learning Consortium that includes other leading universities (e.g. MIT) and organisations (e.g. IBM, Nuance) and is investigating how speech recognition can make teaching and learning more accessible.

Yunjia Li – Developer

Yunjia LiYunjia Li graduated from East China University of Science and Technology in July 2007 and now has a 1st Class Computer Science Degree and a distinction in MSc Web Technologies, as well as extensive experience of web based user interface design. He was also Synote’s lead developer since the JISC MACFOB project in 2008.

E.A. Draffan – Senior Research Fellow

Telephone: Work (Voice): +44 (0)23 8059 7246

E.A. Draffan E.A. Draffan is a Speech and Language Therapist who specialises in the use of assistive technology and accessibility. She has worked with those who have communication and written language difficulties in hospitals, schools and universities. She has recently been working on open source projects involving the Arabic language such as the ATbar

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