Posted by D. Gerard on January 13, 2002 at 16:55:22:
If you're interested in continuing your education in the field of Assistive Technology (AT), or would like to become an Assistive Technology Instructor/Trainer to teach people with disabilities how to use assistive technology, we can suggest a few good sources of information you might find helpful:
1) AT Professional Development Overview
Check out the web site of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). You'll find a list of courses, educational programs, colleges that offer degrees or certificates in rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology fields. Visit http://www.resna.org.
Curriculum for Assistive Technology Instructor/Trainer courses generally include the following areas of study: Instruction in the use of adaptive equipment (like speech packages, refreshable Braille display, portable note taking devices, Braille printers, and scanners), Computer accessibility and Internet use; Installation of hardware and software; Equipment troubleshooting; Production of software manuals in accessible format; Professional teaching skills.
2) Assistive Technology Certificate Programs
RESNA proposes a reputable and well-recognized certificate program allowing you to practice in the field of Assistive Technology. Two credentials are offered. The Assistive Technology Practitioner certificate (ATP) is intended for service providers primarily involved in analysis of a consumer's needs and training in use of a particular device. The Assistive Technology Supplier (ATS) certificate is intended for service providers involved in the sale and service of commercially available devices. For complete details, refer to http://www.resna.org.
The University of Connecticut offers a certificate in assistive technology designed to enhance the knowledge and application of assistive technology of credentialed professionals. Refer to http://www.uconn.edu/academics.html
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT), University of Buffalo New York, provides education on assistive technology to students and professionals, including a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and a Certificate Program in Assistive & Rehabilitation Technology. Refer to http://cat.buffalo.edu/education.php
3) AT Distance Learning/Online Programs
The Center for Technology and Disabilities Studies, University of Washington proposes courses on assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, and computer accessibility. Refer to http://uwctds.washington.edu/education.htm
The California State University Dominguez Hills and the Orange County Department of Education offer a Certificate Program online in the state of California in the area of assistive technology. Refer to http://www.csudh.edu/extension/assistech.htm
The University of Southern Maine and the Virtual Assistive Technology University (VATU) offer an online certificate program in assistive technology for educators. Refer to http://www.mecats.org/
4) AT Continuous Education
For a list of training courses, workshops, seminars in the field of Assistive Technology, check out RehabTool.com's calendar of AT Events. Refer to http://www.rehabtool.com/events.html.
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