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To express interest in the next cycle of the course, to be conducted in the first half of 2021.

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AT Course Programme

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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)

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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.

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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 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