What is the Assistive Technology Outreach Programme?
The Disability Support Service offers online training sessions in Assistive Technology for second-level students with disabilities/ learning difficulties,and their parents and educators.
We offer training, links and advice to make reading, writing and studying easier for students using various free technology either already on your computer, your phones or technology that is free to download.
To allow you to make the most of these excellent, free learning tools we also examine some fundamental IT skills including touch-typing and file management. To utilise technology for learning, teachers must be familiar with digitally sharing their teaching and learning materials.
Who is this programme for?
This programme is aimed at students in secondary school, but we include students from 5th and 6th classes to support their transition to secondary. A parent/guardian must be with any 5th/6th class students participating in the training.
All parents are welcome to participate in the training as they are better informed about the AT and can encourage and support its use for homework.
This training is relevant to students who may struggle with schoolwork due to:
- Literacy difficulties
- Low stamina/energy levels
- Physical difficulties
- Visual impairment
- Being Deaf/hard of hearing
- Other specific learning difficulties
- Planning and organising difficulties
What can I expect from the training?
All training will be held online via Google Meet.
When you have booked a place/s for a training session you will receive:
- An email confirming your booking.
- Emails a day before the training with links, recourses and information on the training content.
- An email 30 minutes before the training with a link to the Google Meet. You can click on this link to join the training session.
Once you have completed the training, you will be given access to Technology to Make Learning Easier courses on Canvas.
What do I need to participate in the training?
You will need:
- Internet access on your computer/ laptop/tablet or your phone (though a larger screen makes it easier on your eyes) Also if you wish to use your phone you may have to install the Google Meet app.
- The sound is turned on on your device (headphones are convenient)
- If you want to ask questions verbally, you need a mic (most laptops have a built-in mic or you may have a headset at home with a mic). Alternatively, you can type questions into the chat window, and I will answer verbally
You can choose to share input from your camera, or you can choose not to. If you choose to share input from your camera, please be aware of what can be seen on your camera
How can I contact the programme?
Disability Support is located on the 1st floor, The Hub Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork, UCC.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any queries and we will get back to you within regular daytime office hours.
How do I understand more about Assistive Technology?
The "Technology to Make Learning Easier" resource is aimed at TY students and educators; we offer training, links and advice to make reading, writing and studying easier for students using various free technology either already on your computer, your phones or technology that is free to download.
To allow you to make the most of these excellent, free learning tools we also examine some fundamental IT skills including touch-typing and file management. To utilise technology for learning it is also important that teachers are familiar with sharing their teaching and learning materials digitally.