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Enable Ireland launches assistive technology course for teachers, SNAs, parents

Designed to help provide better outcomes for students living with disabilities
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9 May 2022

Enable Ireland’s National Assistive Technology (AT) Training Service has launched a new e-learning assistive technology course.

The Learning with Assistive Technology – Primary Education Course has been developed by Enable Ireland, with the support of Microsoft Ireland, for teachers, special needs assistants (SNAs), and parents of children who use or may need to use AT in primary schools to empower them to provide better outcomes for students living with disabilities.

The self-directed online course will take approximately 12 hours to complete. It covers several practical topics relevant to primary school-aged students including universal design for learning (UDL), AT to support access to computers and mobile devices, supports for oral language, writing, reading and Irish, software and apps to support maths, technologies to support visual arts, drama, and music and ideas, technologies, and adaptations to support those who can’t participate in standard sports and activities. 




The course will provide participants with the knowledge and resources needed to harness the digital technologies available to support children in primary school education, with the goal of enabling students to become expert learners. 

The course is available to teachers for €50 and to parents and SNAs at the discounted rate of €25. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be awarded the ‘Learning with AT – Primary Edu’ badge.  

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Microsoft once again to accelerate the use of AT amongst wider audiences,” said Siobhán Long, Enable Ireland’s National AT service manager. “The course is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills required to guide students as they progress through to second level education and beyond. With this ambition in mind, we have developed this course specifically for those with key roles in primary education and the guardians of primary level students using AT. We have significant experience of what works and what types of Assistive Technologies are available, and we want to share that experience with others.”

James O’Connor, vice president, Microsoft International Operations, said: “At Microsoft, we’re passionate about empowering every person to achieve more. The power of technology is not only making this possible every day, it’s also helping to cultivate a more inclusive society. Working with Enable Ireland, we’re able to unleash the power of assistive technology, transforming the lives of people living with disabilities. Enable Ireland’s new AT course is an important development in the AT story as it will support people caring for and educating those with additional needs to develop the skills required to integrate AT seamlessly into the classroom or the home environment. In so doing, we are helping those who require AT to accelerate their ability to benefit from these digital solutions.”

For people who are interested in the area of Assistive Technology but are unable to commit to a full 12-hour course, Enable Ireland also offers a free introductory course, AT in Primary Education, which offers a 1.5-hour broad overview of the subject.

For details on how to enrol in either course visit 

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