This section contains links to information sources about AT and disabiltiy.
AccessApps is an initiative supported by the JISC Regional Support Centres (RSC) and JISC TechDis. It consists of over 60 open source and freeware Windows applications, running from a USB stick. AccessApps provides a very comprehensive range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.
Free Access AppsAccess College Irish Higher Education and Government are committed to the objective of promoting 'equality of access to higher education, irrespective of social class, age or disability'. To widen access to 3rd level, participating colleges have developed a range of initiatives including the following supplementary admission routes:
Workway - A joint ICTU/IBEC initiative to promote employment of people with disabilities.
Assistireland - An online resource that provides information on assistive technology and includes directory of products available from Irish suppliers. The website also provides good information on AT for independent living.
Access West - A Guide to Supports, Services and a Rights Based Perspective for People with Disabilities in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
Disability Federation of Ireland DFI is the national support organisation and advocate for voluntary organisations in Ireland who provide services to people with disabilities and disabling conditions.
The National Disability Authority (NDA) is a new independent agency established under the aegis of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The NDA is a key focal point for disability in the mainstream. It came into operation in June 2000. While short on detailed information, the site does contain useful links to organisations for and of people with disabilities.
The O2 Ability awards 2006 - awarding marking commitment to people with disabilities from the Irish business community.
The Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT) was established in January 2005 by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI). CFIT's objective is to ensure that ICT-based products and services in Ireland are designed to be accessible to the widest audience, including older people and people with disabilities.