Do you use or could benefit from assistive technology?
You are invited to participate in a research study entitled ‘ENABLE: Educational eNgagement, Assistive technologies, well-being and quality of Life of students with disabilities in Higher Education.
The overall aim of this study is to examine the experience and effects of assistive technology use among students with disabilities in higher education. Assistive technology can be described as any device which enables individuals to complete or engage with tasks more easily. Participation will involve completing an online survey which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You are eligible to participate in this research if you are aged 18 years or older, have a disability, use or could potentially benefit from assistive technology and are a current student in a higher education institution in Ireland.
Don’t miss on this opportunity to contribute to valuable research into AT use by students in Higher Education. If you wish to take part or would like more information, you can access the plain language statement and the survey through the following link:
In this podcast, Sarah Boland, together with David Deane and Áine Walsh, talk about the training they hosted on 21st June 2017 on the Mefacilyta Desktop app in St John of God in Stillorgan.
Mefacilyta Desktop is a new Android app developed by Vodafone Foundation Spain in conjunction with St John of God, which can be individually tailored to support people with intellectual disabilities to learn how to carry out their everyday activities independently.
Bookshare and LibriVox are two projects that have the potential to open up the world of reading for people who find it difficult to read traditional print books. This may be due to a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability.
Bookshare offers a large collection of accessible titles, currently more than 400,000. With Bookshare you can listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices, hear and see highlighted words on screen, read with digital braille or enlarged fonts. There is a charge for individuals of $50 annually + $25 setup.
LibriVox is another project. Their objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project and welcomes all volunteers from across the globe, in all languages.
Both are requesting volunteers to help with their projects. All you need is a computer, a microphone, some free recording software, and your own voice. They accept all volunteers in all languages, with all kinds of accents. Be inspired, get involved!
ASSISTID will train experienced researchers in the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of people with autism and intellectual disability through improved communication, social inclusion and education.
This is the first time a network of multidisciplinary researchers have come together on this scale to develop assistive technologies for those with autism and ID and is a opportunity for researchers to advance their career through expert training and international mobility.
Deadline June 30th 2016
Interim Deadline February 29th 2016
The Information Hub is a new dedicated resource website provided by Genio which brings together publications, multimedia and events for anyone with an interest in disability, mental health or dementia at www.informationhub.ie.
Genio has developed The Information Hub in response to an identified need for a convenient way of finding and sharing useful resources. They invite anyone to suggest publications, multimedia or events to add.