The next CHAT event run by FreedomTech will be hosted at University College Cork, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Monday 3rd December at 11.00am. This December CHAT will be themed “AT in Education”.
CHAT (Community Hub for Accessible Technology) is a Community of Practice of Assistive Technology Service Providers, Assistive Technology Users, Researchers, Funders, Suppliers and Makers that connects the Assistive Technology sector in Ireland. CHAT is run by FreedomTech, a partnership between Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland.
CHAT is your place to share, listen, learn and build partnerships with others who are interested in supporting independence through the use of technology. The Disability Federation of Ireland and Enable Ireland have produced an AT Discussion Paper to prompt discussion and action on a more comprehensive national Assistive Technology ecosystem.
If there is anything you think should be added to the programme that would be of interest, please get in touch. Don’t forget the Shout Outs as this gives you the opportunity to share or make any announcements on the day. Contact the organiser: Sarah Boland: Sarah@freedomtech.ie
Other upcoming events:
November 1st Jaws 19 Online Training Session 7:00 pm UK
November 2nd – 5th – HackAccessDublin http://www.hackaccessdublin.ie
Our vision for Assistive Technology; A society where everyone with a disability or disabling condition, and older people, has access to affordable, up to date and appropriate technology that suits their needs. Technology may be mainstream or specialised, it supports the individual to exercise their human right to self-determination, freedom of movement and participation in society
Assistive Technology can support us here in Ireland to realise the ambition that we have to include people with disabilities in all aspects of living, in line with the ambition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
RTE NEWS – Disability campaigners have called for the introduction of a system to enable disabled and older people to access appropriate technology to help them in their daily life.
Click here to read the full story and view the video on rte.ie
Listen to Newstalk Interview by Jess Kelly with Siobhan Long.
Three weeks to go until our first National Assembly !
FreedomTech National Assembly: Making It Happen
This event is for all stakeholders, including service providers committed to developing innovative supports and interested in exploring how technology can help. We will explore the design and delivery of an effective Ecosystem including the Assistive Technology Passport model. This event is inspired by the 2016 discussion paper developed by Enable Ireland and DFI: ‘Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities and Older People: A Discussion Paper’.
We have an exceptional line-up of local and international speakers including:
- Hector Minto: Microsoft’s Accessibility Evangelist
- David Banes: International Assistive Technology Consultant
- Stephen Cluskey: Co-founder, Mobility Mojo and Disability Advocate
The Assembly takes place at 9.00 am on Thursday 16th November 2017 in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4.
To book, please see here