Sources of Advice AT Users:
Formally establish and identify needs
- by getting a professional assessment. This assessment also facilitates the funding application
- by disclosing the disability in relevant 3rd level applications
- 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 allow individuals 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.
- Effective research and planning can ease the transition and help ensure that Assistive Technology Provision is maintained in 3rd level/employment. College Open Days and visits from College Liaison Officers are provide good opportunities to exchange information.
- Offering prospective employers the opportunity to liase with the former education establishments in relation to Assistive Technology solutions facilitates employment (i.e. provide contact details for the AT Trainer, Disability Officer, Careers Office as a source of advice for employers)