Sources of Advice - Initial Recommendations:
Establish and identify the needs of the prospective AT user
- by getting a professional assessment. This assessment also facilitates the funding application
- by encouraging disclosure of disability in relevant 3rd level applications to facilitate the provision of Assistive Technology resources
- Explore Funding Options- see also ‘Sources of Funding’ section.
- Explore the possibilities of adapting existing Technology and Equipment- (see also ‘Low Cost/ Low Tech Solutions’ section
- Explore the options available in terms of Specialised Assistive Technology- Some disability Service Providers offer an assessment service to select the most suitable AT and many Disability Service Providers also AT allow clients to try out a range of devices.
- Take Steps to help maintain access to AT –moving from 2nd to 3rd level education & from education to the workplace, can jeopardize access to AT.
- Advise job-seeking graduates of the advantages of offering prospective employers the opportunity to liase with former education establishment in relation to Assistive Technology Solutions (i.e. provide contact details for AT Trainer, Disability Officer, and Careers Office)
- Effective research and planning can ease the transition and help ensure that Assistive Technology provision is maintained in 3rd level or employment. College Open Days and visits from College Liaison Officers provide good opportunities to exchange information.