All Training and Workshops provided by AAC Tech Consultancy are altered to meet the bespoke needs of each group availing of the service. AAC Tech Consultancy offers training to individuals (with or without disabilities), groups (with or without disabilities) and disability services (professionals and service users) within Ireland.
The training topics being offered at present include:
iPad/Tablets Use and Selection;
App Selection to support People with Disabilities;
Communication Tools available to People with Disabilities;
Low and Medium Technology Solutions for People with Disabilities;
Use of iPad/Tablet and Apps within the following sectors: Education, Home, Day Services, Employment and Residential Settings;
and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
iPad/Tablets Use and Selection: This training course involves empowering participants to become competent users of iPads/Tablets. Participants will achieve the following learning outcomes as a result of engaging in this course:
1. Become familiar with the extent of iPads and Tablets available on the consumer market;
2. Acquire the skills and knowledge to become a competent user of iPads/Tablets;
3. Develop knowldge in the area of suitable iPad/Tablet selection for people with disabilities;
4. Receive hands-on support from an experienced and qualified AAC Consultant.
App Selection to support People with Disabilities: As a result of undertaking this course, participants will meet the following learning objectives:
1. Receive an intensive overview of the App/Play Store that facilitates the downloading of Apps;
2.Acquire knowledge that focuses on the availability of Apps for education, communication, scheduling, social and life skills and leisure activities.
3. Become familiar with the importance of evidence-based approaches to selecting the most appropriate and effective Apps for people with disabilities.
Communication Tools available to People with Disabilities: This course focuses on providing participants with information and knowledge on a variety of communication tools that are available to people with Disabilities. This course not only focuses on the use of technology and Apps for the purpose of communication but also provides an overview of traditional methods available to people. Two of the key tools that are addressed during this training include: The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Lámh.
Low and Medium Technology Solutions for People with Disabilities: The use of technology with people with disabilities can be a burdended process for those attempting to choose the most suitable product. This course aims to provide clairty to people with respect to the variety of technology solutions available. This course focuses on the use of technologies within the home, school and residential settings. Participants will meet the following learning objectives as a result of completing this course:
1. Develop a knowledge around the definitions and true meaning of low and medium technologies;
2. Acquire knowledge with respect to the 'everyday' solutions that are available, low cost and effective for people with disabilities. 'Everyday' items range from the use of paper based solutions to iPad/Tablets and Apps;
3. Receive information with respect to sourcing low and medium technologies to support people with disabilities.
Use of iPad/Tablets and Apps witin the following sectors: Education, Home, Day Services, Employment and Residential settings: Learners undertaking this course will complete the following learning objectives:
1. Extensive overview of a range of Apps available that are applicable and appropritate for use in each individual sector as outlined above;
2.Acquire knowledge specific to the importance of identifying appropriate and effective iPads/Tablets and Apps for people with disabilities.
3. Receive knowledge with respect to evidence-based practices for identifying appropriate and effective iPads/Tablets and Apps for people with disabilities.
4. Acquire the skills and knowledge to become a competent user of iPads/Tablets;
Autism Spectrum Disorders: This course provides learners with the indept knowledge required to support a person with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Participants in this course will achieve the following learning objectives:
1. Explore the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders;
2. Receive knowledge with respect to the Dyiad of impairments while exploring each individually;
3. Identify some of the potential needs of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders;
4. Explore the sensory difficulties experienced by people with Autism Spectrum Disorders;
5. Explore the behavioural difficulties experienced by people with Autism Spectrum Disorders;
6. Explore the communication difficulties experienced by people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Research has shown that the effective use of iPads/Tablets and specific purpose Apps reduces the intensity and frequency of the presence of behaviours that challenge. The specific purpose of the App is key to the successful decrease of behaviours that challenge. Thus, the function of the App is directly linked to the function of the behaviour and its potential reduction.
The use of iPads/Tablets and Apps has proven successful for people with disabilities with respect to increased social inclusion. This is attributed to the ambiquity of the devices and reduced stigma around engaging with a form of AAC. The device and App has proven successful for eliminating the social anxiety around direct engagement with others; thus, using the device as a medium increases social inclusion for those with disabilities.
Evidence-based studies have identified independence as a key benefit resulting from the use of iPads/Tablets and Apps for specific purposes. Increased independence has particularly been attributed to the use of communication Apps. The use of a communication App empowers the person to independently develop their own vocabulary; thus, they are no longer dependent upon stakeholders (parents and professionals) to pre-empt their vocabulary needs.