Professor, The Open University
Jane began working in the field of special needs technology in 1987 when she joined the Computer Applications to Special Applications Research Unit at Keele University. Focusing on health and social care organisations who worked with adults with severe learning disabilities Jane’s PhD explored what factors influenced the effective management and use of computers with this group of learners. Alongside her PhD research Jane worked as a day centre officer for Telford Social Services and as a special needs technology consultant, working with health and social services staff to help them use technology with adults with learning disabilities. In 2000, whilst at Kings College London Jane designed and co-ordinated the first ever Masters in Assistive Technology in the UK. Jane now works at The Open University where she is currently involved in an EU funded project (Arches) which aims to use participatory methods to design technologies that will help make museums more accessible to disabled people.