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Spring time with Barry Bennett
By Carolyn Lowry
Here at Texthelp, the DSA team kicked off the spring season as proud sponsors of the annual Barry Bennett Spring Workshops held in Reading and Bolton. This was my first year attending one of these workshops and it was a fantastic experience that I certainly look forward to repeating.
From October 2013 the team at Barry Bennett dedicated their time and made huge efforts to make their 2014 Workshops the best year ever – and they certainly succeeded.
This year’s workshops ran differently than previous years. 16 suppliers within the DSA market held short presentations as well as workshops where attendees could have hands on experience with their hardware and software. There was a great buzz generated by the workshops and presentations held by the suppliers. One attendee said, “This has been my first time at a Barry Bennett training event and I have been very impressed by the quality of the speakers.”
In attendance at both events was our DSA manager Jonathan Walker who delivered some informative workshops on our award winning literacy support software, Read&Write Gold. For delegates who came along to his workshops there was also the opportunity to enter our fantastic competition to win a trip for 2 to Paris worth up to £1000.
Jodie Parkes an Independent Assistive Technology Specialist, was our lucky winner from the Reading workshops and Julie Davies, a SpLD Advisor at Edge Hill University was our lucky winner from the Bolton workshops. Both winners were absolutely thrilled with their prizes!
When Julie was informed that she had won the £1000 trip to Paris she said, ‘’When I attended the Barry Bennett Conference in Bolton, I never dreamt of winning such a fantastic prize – a holiday to Paris! Having enjoyed the conference and workshops, it was such a surprise to be drawn as the winner of the Texthelp competition to Paris, and I would like to thank Texthelp for such a wonderful prize.’’
We would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Barry Bennett for all the hard work and dedication that went in to organising two fantastic and very successful events.
We also hope Jodie and Julie have an amazing time in Paris. Send us a postcard guys!