AT Training

Our National AT training service develops and delivers a wide range of training, primarily online as well as in person. Here is an overview of the different training options which may interest you. 

Upcoming AT Training

We are currently working on our AT training calendar for 2024 and will share details shortly.  In the meantime, if you would like to be added to our AT Mailing List, please contact sdeakin@enableireland.ie

Enable Ireland's National Assistive Technology Training & Webinar Schedule from March to May 2024

Enable Ireland's National AT Training Service is delivering a series of webinars focusing on digital tools to assist with studying. These webinars are particularly relevant to those who use Assistive Technology, but useful for all.   Please see below for further information/enrolment link:-

Please note that you can book individual webinars or if you prefer, there is an option to book ALL FOUR webinars*Please scroll to the bottom for webinar bundle*.

WEBINAR 1:  NoteTaking Tools:  12th March  (4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m). 

Target Audience: AT users in Junior Cert/5th Year/Leaving Cert years; parents; teachers and education staff; professionals supporting students; NCSE  12 MARCH ENROL HERE

 WEBINAR 2:  Assistance Reading Complex Texts:  14th March (4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

Target Audience: AT users in Junior Cert/5th Year/Leaving Cert years; parents; teachers and education staff; professionals supporting students; NCSE  14 MARCH ENROL HERE 

 WEBINAR 3:  MindMapping and Organisation:  19th March (4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

Target Audience: AT users in Junior Cert/5th Year/Leaving Cert years; parents; teachers and education staff; professionals supporting students; NCSE  19 MARCH ENROL HERE 

 WEBINAR 4:  Online Study Resources:  21st March (4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

Target Audience: AT users in Junior Cert/5th Year/Leaving Cert years; parents; teachers and education staff; professionals supporting students; NCSE  21 MARCH ENROL HERE 

 This is part of a series of webinars on support for students approaching exams, if you would like to book all 4 webinars in the series, please click here

 

SWITCH ACCESS: 3 x Webinars (16th, 23rd & 30th APRIL 2024)Image removed.

We will deliver a series of webinars on Switch Access as follows:- Each webinar will run from 2 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. on the following dates:-

WEBINAR 1: 16TH APRIL: Types of Switches, how to personalise them and positioning.

WEBINAR 2: 23RD APRIL: Develop cause and effect skills, options for use

WEBINAR 3: 30TH APRIL: Using Switches with computers and AAC devices for choice making and more complex scanning patterns.

Target Audience: CDNTs, NCSE, Teachers, Educational Staff and AOTI.

Cost:  80.00EUR (for all three webinars).  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ENROL

AT FOR MENTAL HEALTH

 In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week 13th to 19th May 2024,  we're delivering a webinar providing an overview of technology resources for supporting mental health including stress management, habit formation, sensory management, mindfulness, etc. The webinar will take place on 14th May from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Cost:  10EUR.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ENROL

eLearning

There are a range of courses available via our AT Learning Platform at EnableIrelandAT.ie. Some courses are completely free and self-directed. For example, we offer courses that focus on AT for leisure (music, gaming, and photography), literacy support and productivity (StudySmart). Others are more in-depth, have an enrolment fee and require more commitment in time and schedules. For example, the Learning with AT–Primary Education course aimed at parents, teachers, and special needs assistants (SNA). See below for an up-to-date list of courses. 

Foundations in Assistive Technology is a 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) course accredited by Technological University Dublin. The course is delivered via 11 webinars (3.5 hours per webinar).

In total, the time commitment is 100 hours:  11 x 2.5 hour webinars (27.5 hrs) PLUS 72.5 hours e-learning which includes completion of your course project.

Course participants are strongly advised to secure protected time from their managers prior to registration, to enable them to successfully complete this course.

You will get the chance to hear from, and interact with, national and international AT experts, AT users and professionals working in the field. We will also use online collaboration tools to support group work, problem-solving and case studies throughout the course.

Foundations in Assistive Technology Course 2024 Apply Here 

Foundations 2023: Testimonials

‘I found the course extremely informative, practical and comprehensive. I will be recommending it to anyone interested in Assistive Technology of course, but also AAC, accessible communication and information production. Such a wonderful opportunity to benefit from a diversity of knowledge and experience from tutors, guest speakers and other students’. 

The training was a new experience for me, I enjoyed the course and all the lessons. 

I seek opportunities that will increase my knowledge in the field of disabilities to enable me to support my colleagues with special needs. The presenters were all good during their teaching. If this could work with in-person learning, it will be an added advantage for learners in the future’. 

‘I enjoyed participating in the Foundations in AT Course 2023.  I felt I got a good insight into the world of AT & the benefits of AT products that are available to enhance a person’s life’.

The Enable Ireland Foundations Course 2023, expanded both my professional and personal knowledge of the positive impact of Assistive Technology on persons with compromised needs. I would advocate for all professionals working within disability services to take up this course. It should be mandatory!’

‘I learned so much about AT from expert users, the clinicians teaching us and peers. It is an in-depth course that gives so much practical information and real world examples of the application of AT across the life span’.

James Brosnan Scholarship

Enable Ireland’s National AT Training Service is delighted to confirm the second year of the James Brosnan Scholarship, inaugurated in memory of a man who was an expert AT user, journalist, powerful advocate, artist, Liverpool fan and all round renaissance man.

The Scholarship will facilitate free participation in Enable Ireland’s Foundations in AT Course which will commence in January 2024, and is open to Assistive Technology users or prospective users, who wish to

upskill in this area, and who are also willing to share their learning with others, through peer mentoring.

Please note applications for 2024 are now closed, a call for applications for 2025 will be issued in late 2024. 

Webinars

Enable Ireland’s AT Team frequently host webinars on various areas of digital AT from specific solutions to more general themes like AT Assessment or AT for Literacy. Webinars are usually recorded and made available on our YouTube Channel. See below to access the recordings of pervious webinars. 

In-person Training

Enable Ireland’s National AT Training Service also run in-person training events, workshops, and user-led training. We host training provided by AT suppliers and manufacturers as well as other organisations working with Digital AT. See below for details of upcoming events. If you have a specific training need that you do not see listed, please contact us and we will see how we can assist you.