Simon Evans is a researcher and developer with particular interest in use of the internet, assistive technologies and new media by and for people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID).
- Exploring the use Kinect and Makey-Makey controllers with young people with complex needs in and around multi-sensory rooms.
- Developing switch and touch apps for children with complex needs - including Switch Box Invaders on iPad and Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box available for Kindle, Android & iOS.
- Working with teachers, parents and a small development team to produce a free switch accessible communication board maker for Android and iOS devices. Versions are now available for iOS and Android - See PhotoVOCA Website.
- Rix Centre Work: Rix Centre Website.
Still working intermittently with the Rix Centre (where I was Technical Director for 5 years) on a number of projects related to ID and new media:
- Working with Action for Kids which developed accessible communication tools and participatory approaches with young disabled people.
- a Nominet Trust funded project evaluating free head and eye tracking software as mouse replacements for children and young adults with complex needs.
- W2ID: A pan-European project examining open-source and cost-free solutions to social networking and self-advocacy by people with intellectual disabilities.
- Inclusive New Media Design : INMD Project Website
Consultant Researcher on this 2 year AHRC funded research based at Leeds University. The project looked into the barriers to accessible practice in commercial web design and had a particular focus on the needs of Web users with an ID
- Parsing text-to-speech plugin for use with WordPress and Drupal
- Trans-Active : Trans-Active Website.
Developed the Trans-active Passport (ePortfolio) application, which won the Guardian Award for e-Involvement in 2002 - now offline as of June 2011, but a pretty good run nonetheless.