The other partners in the South West Regional Access Alliance (SWRAA) are the following:
- University College Cork
- Cork Institute of Technology
- Limerick Institute of Technology
- Tralee Institute of Technology
- Mary Immaculate College
- Athlone Institute of Technology
- NUI Galway
The purpose of the project is to stimulate collaborative, inter-institutional working, and to foster the transition towards a regional cluster for the promotion of equity of access to higher education.
This work includes the completion of a map of A.T. resources available across the region in higher education institutions. It provides additional training to A.T. professionals in the consortia colleges in order to address skills’ shortfall identified through the mapping process. It develops a model for A.T. assessment to be used in the partner institutions and to be piloted in second level schools and also scopes out A.T. modules that can be included in teacher training programmes. It also examines the potential for the development of a shared procurement network in the area of Assistive Technology for the partner institutions.
Results Based Management and Monitoring Evaluation (M&E) are systems of planning that enable the planning of what is to be achieved (outcomes) through the establishment of systematic mechanisms to measure achievement (indicators and targets).
The National Exchange of Assistive Technology (NEAT) is a central element in developing this collaborative process.
Experience also shows that some young people, specifically with physical disabilities, sensory impairments and multiple disabilities who use Assistive Technology enter Higher Education with limited skills. The piloting of an Assistive Technology Assessment Model - SETT (Student, Environment, Task, and Tool) - in second level schools has the potential to improve the capacity of these pupils with disabilities in the use of Assistive Technology and improve their transition into Higher Education. The project work in the Assistive Technology area includes the following:
- Completion of a map of A.T. resources currently available across the region in Higher Education Institutions
- Provision of additional training to A.T. professionals in the consortia colleges in order to address skills’ shortfalls identified through the mapping process
- Development of a model for A.T. assessment to be used across the region and to be piloted with pupils with disabilities in a number of second level schools in theCorkandLimerickregions
- Development of A.T. modules that can be included in teacher training programmes
- Examination of the potential for the development of a shared procurement network in the area of Assistive Technology for the partner Institutions.