Need and Relevance of the Course

Assistive technology enhances the quality of life of persons with disabilities. The Rights of Persons with Disability (RPwD) Act of 2016 mandates Central and State Governments to facilitate development of technology, assistive devices and equipments, and their usage to ensure full and effective participation and inclusion for persons with disabilities in the society. Technology nowadays makes it possible to achieve inclusion at a very low costs. Awareness and implementation know-how are important. Last mile difficulties can be overcome by evidence-based implementation.

  • Synchronous sessions - Five days in July, six days in November and three days on all the other months between July to December, 2019. (23 days*8 hours per day = 184 hours)
  • Asynchronous - 8 hours every month (8*6=48 hours) - complete reading assignments, participate in online discussion forums and also work on project.
  • Course Eligibility
  • Professionals or graduates with an experience in disability, tech-savvy and self-driven. Rehabilitation professionals like Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and physiotherapists will be most benefited.

  • Course Requirement
  • Since the participant would be expected to complete assignments and participate in discussion forums online, he or she would need a laptop or any smart device with internet connection.

  • Course Cost
  • Rs 40000 (Tuition fee only). This does not cover other expenses like travel, accommodation, food etc.

  • Course Outcomes
  • Participant should attain expertise in the following skills

  • To do functional assessment of a PwD
  • To recommend the most appropriate assistive device
  • To implement it to improve particular functions
  • To follow up and measure the outcome
  • To create or customize AT
  • Course Topics and Resource Persons
  • Sl NoCourse TopicsResource PersonsOrganization
    1Rapid Creation and Deployment of Low Cost Assistive Technology SolutionsProf Therese WillkommDirector of New Hampshire AT programme, University of New Hampshire, US
    2AT for Seating & Positioning and AT for MobilityNekram UpadhyayHead, AT centre, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi
    3AccessibilityAnjlee AggarwalSamarthyam, New Delhi
    4AT for communicationKalpana Botta and Bhavna BottaVidyasagar, Chennai.
    5AT for visionShankar Subbiah RKMVU, Coimbatore.
    6AT for hearingDr Ajish Abraham AIISH-Mysore.
    7Workplace AT solutionsMr ShivaEnable India, Bangalore
    8AT for farmer with disabilityNed StollerPurdue University, US
    9Matching Person with TechnologyDr Maria SchererInstitute for Matching Person & Technology, NY, USA
    10Digital fabrication for low cost AT solutions FablabKSUM, Trivandrum