About AT Course Programme
National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH), National Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NIPMR)
and Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC) are collaborating to conduct a six-month part-time
Assistive Technology (AT) course from August 2020 to January 2021, which is the first of its kind in India, combining
international expertise as well as local know-how in a unique blended learning model.
The course would consist of a series of workshops by practitioners in AT, with hands-on training in creating and implementing low cost solutions. The course participants are expected to be from varied backgrounds, with an interest in deploying AT solutions for persons with disability (PwDs).
The class will get together in one of the venues (NISH,Trivandrum or NIPMR, Thrissur) for 3 to 5 days every month, where they will meet and learn from AT experts as well as AT users such as Dr Therese Willkomm (Univ of New Hampshire, US), Mr Nekram Upadhyay (ISIC, New Delhi), Dr Namita Jacob (Chetana Trust, Chennai), Dr Ajish Abraham (AIISH, Mysore), Ms Bhavna Botta (Vidyasagar, Chennai)
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 equipment, 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 cost. Awareness and implementation know-how are important. Last mile difficulties can be overcome by evidence-based implementation
- Synchronous sessions (face-to-face) - Seven days in August and October, five days in September and November and two days in December, 2020. (26 days*8 hours per day = 208 hours)
- Asynchronous (through Google Classroom) - 8 hours every month (8*6=48 hours) - complete reading assignments, participate in online discussion forums and also work on project.
To express interest in the next cycle of the course, to be conducted in the second half of 2020,
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Program Over view
- 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
- Course Topics and Resource Persons
|Sl No||Course Topics||Resource Persons||Organization|
|1||Rapid Creation and Deployment of Low Cost Assistive Technology Solutions||Prof Therese Willkomm||Director of New Hampshire AT programme, University of New Hampshire, US|
|2||AT for Seating & Positioning and AT for Mobility||Nekram Upadhyay||Head, AT centre, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi|
|3||AT for communication||Kalpana Botta and Bhavna Botta||Vidyasagar, Chennai|
|4||AT for vision||Dr Namita Jacob||Head, AT centre, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi|
|5||AT for hearing||Dr Ajish Abraham||AIISH-Mysore|
|6||Workplace AT solutions||Mr Shivakumar||Enable India, Bangalore|
|7||AT for farmer with disability||webinar by Ned Stoller||Purdue University, US|
|8||Matching Person with Technology||webinar by Dr Maria Scherer||Institute for Matching Person & Technology, NY, USA|
|9||Digital fabrication for low cost AT solutions||Fablab||KSUM, Trivandrum|
Our Previous AT Course Projects
- Augmentative and alternative communication ( AAC) & Others
- Mobility & Seating