Enrolling now: Foundations in Assistive Technology Course

Our 2020 Foundations in AT course, accredited by Technological University, Dublin, kicks off on March 10th in Microsoft, Leopardstown.

The course is delivered using a combination of 3 days of face to face training, with the remainder of the course delivered online. In total, the time commitment required is 100 hours: 21 hours face to face, and 79 hours of self-directed learning. This includes completion of your course project, (due for submission 6 weeks after the final face to face training date) which we estimate should take approximately 50 hours to complete.

AT is a broad and fast evolving area and this Foundations course is designed to equip Professionals, AT users and Caregivers with up to date and relevant information that will serve as a strong basis for working in the field of disability support. Topics covered include: Access, Communication, Assessment, Daily Living, Smarthomes, AT for Education and AT for Creative Expression.

Our goal is to support your learning throughout the process. Past participants have highlighted the benefit of in-class discussion, hands on opportunities with a range of Assistive Technologies, and engagement with expert AT users. We will offer all of these resources to you as part of this course, and we welcome your feedback as you advance through the course. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any particular queries or concerns about your participation or about navigation through the course itself.

Dates

10th March 2020: Day 1 Foundations in Assistive Technology

7th April 2020: Day 2 Foundations in Assistive Technology

28th April 2020: Day 3 Foundations in Assistive Technology

To enrol for this course, please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/foundations-in-assistive-technology-10th-mar-7th-apr-28th-apr-2020-tickets-64660012839

Modules
• Computer Access & Accessibility Features
• Augmentative Communication
• AT for Leisure
• Mobile Technologies
• Environmental Control Systems
• AT Assessment
• Power Mobility
• Educational Software
• Future Technologies
• Funding and Legislation
• Integrating AT into the Curriculum and at Work

Objectives
• To provide participants with the AT knowledge and skills that they require
• To ensure AT users and potential users are central to the AT decision-making process
• To increase participants confidence in their own AT skills
• To provide participants with an understanding of the tools and processes that are required to support AT users
• To de-mystify technology
• To promote best practice and encourage the development of ongoing discussion groups post-course.

Bring your own experience and share with others. Group learning environment, on-line collaboration, interdisciplinary setting, practical.

Cost: €910.00 which includes all course materials and lunch/refreshments. We offer a range of discounts to AT users/parents/carers etc

Inclusive Design in Action: The Banking sector leading the way

Through our Community Design Challenge, we’ve worked in partnership with Adult Expert AT Users and Product Design students on a variety of projects, all with the shared aim of finding innovative solutions to daily living challenges.

One of our recent projects involved the creation of an accessible banking solution for a woman with vision impairment:

Barclay’s Bank in the UK is leading the way in accessible banking. See how they’re doing it here

https://www.theguardian.com/barclays-lets-go-forward/2018/jan/03/learning-from-accessibility-when-we-embrace-inclusive-design-everyone-benefits

Site preview of Barclays Bank Accessible Banking feature article