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
Professionals or graduates with an experience in disability, tech-savvy, self-driven and with an interest to collaborate with different stakeholders in the assistive technology ecosystem. Rehabilitation/Health professionals like Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, physiotherapists, social workers and medical professionals will be most benefited. Engineers and assistive technology developers wishing to understand end users of AT and their needs better will also find the course useful.
Since the participant would be expected to complete assignments and participate in discussion forums online, he or she MUST have access to a PC or a laptop, with at least 1Mbps internet connection.
|Six-month, part-time, online Certificate Course on AT||₹ 15000 INR|
|Three-day face-to-face camp at NISH Trivandrum (optional)||₹ 6500 INR (includes food and accommodation)|
A rehabilitation or health professional:
The course will broaden your knowledge regarding the technologies available in the Indian context. You will be exposed to the AT service delivery process, which is essential to maximize AT adoption and minimize Abandonment.
an engineer / technology developer/ Entrepreneur:
The course will provide you an in-depth understanding of assistive technology solutions and support your first step in the design thinking process, which is to empathise with the end users of AT, that is, persons with disability. You will also learn about the gaps in the existing AT solutions in the market.
a Person with Disability (PwD) or a caregiver of a PwD:
The course will increase your awareness of the several AT solutions available in India. You will meet persons with disability who are fore- runners in successfully adopting AT solutions in their everyday lives. The course will provide a platform for all the different stakeholders in the AT ecosystem to learn from ‘AT implementation’ experts, share their perspectives and build partnerships to jointly find solutions.
|Sl No||Course Topics||Resource Persons||Organization|
|1||Orientation to course||R Deepu Raj, Riyas K, Amith G Nair||NISH, Trivandrum|
|2||Sensitization to disabilities Categories of AT||Praveena, Manju Subramaniam||NISH, Trivandrum|
|3||AT for computer access||Kalpana Botta||Vidyasagar, Chennai|
|4||AT on online learning||Amith G Nair||NISH, Trivandrum|
|5||AT for seating, positioning and mobility||Nekram Upadhyay||ISIC DELHI|
|6||AT for accessibility||Ms Anjlee Agarwal||Samarthyam|
|7||AT for hand rehabilitation||Prof. Shovan Saha||Manipal University|
|8||Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)||Dr.Vineetha Sara Philip and Sangeetha G S||NISH , Trivandrum|
|9||AT for vision||Namitha Jacob||Chetana Trust|
|10||Transdisciplinary approach in AT assessment and implementation||Regina Ramdas||Al Noor School, Dubai|
|11||AT for persons with hearing impairment||Prof. Ajish Abraham||AIISH-Mysore|
|12||AT for Autism||Akila Vaidyanathan||Amaze, Coimbatore|
|13||Workplace solutions||Mr. Shiva Kumar N||Amaze, Coimbatore|
|14||2D/3D modeling||Amith G Nair||NISH, Trivandrum|
|15||Digital fabrication||Vinod Kumar||FAB LAB|
|15||Wheelchair training||Joseph Bose (OT department), Shyni M.T (Physiotherapy Unit) and Premsankar M)||NISH, Trivandrum|