Assistive Technology for Special Needs Assistants
Learn how to better use assistive technology to support students with additional learning needs.
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I feel I got so much out of this course. The training is delivered in plain English. I’m looking forward to implementing some ideas in September with students.
– Fiona Sinnott
Over 30 instructional videos on how to navigate built-in accessibility features and tutorials for specific apps and software.
Printable cheatsheets for navigating the various features of your devices and for keeping students safe on the internet.
Links to our recommendations for the very best apps and software for reading, writing and maths (we've done the research for you!)
An official Certificate of Completion from University College Cork to show that you've successfully completed the training.
This course will start on the 7th of October.
After enrolling, you’ll be sent information on how to access the course. The course is self-paced, however we are also going to support you weekly for 6 weeks, where we answer any queries you might have.
I recently did an assistive technology course with UrAbility and it was the best course I’ve been to in a very long time. I have used the information and resources to help both me and the children I work with and we are all benefiting from it. I would recommend UrAbility to everyone!
– Brenda Kerins
You’ll learn your way around your Windows laptop or iPad, explore the accessibility features that come built right into those devices, and learn how to keep your students safe while they use the internet.
We’ll cover assistive technology, including software, apps and browser extensions that are available for the iPad and Windows laptops to help students with reading challenges.
You’ll be introduced you to the Scanning Pen, and you’ll learn how this tool can be life changing to students that struggle with reading. No software required!
You’ll learn how the process works for applying for and accessing digital copies of reading materials for students in Ireland.
We’ll cover assistive technology, including software, apps and browser extensions that are available for the iPad and Windows laptops to help students with writing challenges.
We’ll cover assistive technology, including software, apps and browser extensions that are available for the iPad and Windows laptops to help students with maths.
Whether your primary school student is getting ready for secondary, or your secondary school student is getting ready for exams, we’ll cover what they need to know and do to prepare for these important transitions.
James appears to have an endless supply of knowledge and experience in the AT area. He has a natural ability and willingness to share this information with everyone!
– Lorraine Dineen
At UrAbility, we use our expertise to leverage technology to help students learn and thrive, whatever their abilities and whatever their goals. Special Needs Assistants are close to our hearts because they’re on the front lines of education, and we want them to have all of the information they need to help their students succeed with technology.
Having Dyslexia and ADHD, I very much understand the learning challenges that face students. After struggling throughout school due to my own learning challenges and dropping out of University, a second chance at college came my way and I was able to turn it around, earning a first-class honours degree from University College Cork and a Masters in Disabilities Studies from University College Dublin.
Since then, I’ve gone on to complete a Marie Curie Fellowship at UMass Medical School in Boston, and I proudly won Young Researcher of the Year at the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP) in Austria.
I’ve trained hundreds of SNAs and families across Europe and the United States to use technology to help kids learn more effectively. I hope you’ll join me for this course!
We provide you with the content, which includes video demonstrates, written materials, images and handouts. You watch the videos and review the materials on your laptop, tablet or smartphone and then reflect on how you may use that technology in your school. We will support you along the way, with our online office hours, private Facebook group and email support.
This course is self-paced, however we will be supporting you over a 6 week period, from the 7th of October. We would expect that you should be able to cover the materials in that timeframe. There are 10 sections and each section is made up of videos, with some extra content (text, links and handouts).
In total this course should take up 20 hours of learning, made up of our online materials, our weekly office hours and your reflection exercises. With the reflection, we ask you to consider how you might use the technology covered within your school or with your child. There is not an assignment, more so, we expect you to partake and engage with content during the course.
Once you have completed up to 85% of the course we will issue a certificate of compliance from University College Cork. The certificates will be issued in early November via the email you registered with and will be in PDF format.
This course is designed for SNAs who work with students who have difficulties with reading, writing, maths and organisational skills, and we cover a wide range of apps and software that will be helpful to students with additional learning needs.
If you're still unsure, send me an email at email@example.com. We’re happy to help.
While much of this course will also be useful to students with Autism, it is not specifically centered on Autism. Feel free to reach out to us and tell us about your situation, and we’ll give you our honest opinion about whether this course will help.
Many of the apps and technology we cover are the same in both versions, but there are some differences:
The Primary School version of the course includes apps, software, and technology that are more suitable for primary school students, as well as information about helping your student learn basic study skills to get ready for the transition to Secondary education.
The Secondary School version of the course includes apps and software that are more suitable for secondary school students, as well as more in-depth information about helping your student build the independent study skills they’ll need in secondary and helping them to prepare for state exams.
This course only focuses on the iPad using the iOS 13 (Apple) operating system and on laptops using Windows 10 (Microsoft). It does not cover other brands of devices.
This course can be taken on any device that has internet access, including smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. However, the material covered inside the course specifically addresses the iPad (iOS 13) and Windows 10 laptops. You do not need to take the course on the device you plan to work on.
This course doesn't include one-on-one technical training, but we'll be hosting regular Facebook Live Q&A sessions, where you can ask all of your questions and we'll answer them live. This is also a great opportunity to learn from what other SNAs may be struggling with!
After enrolling, you have unlimited access for the lifetime of the course - across any and all devices you own, for as long as we continue to run it.
We know that SNAs often have to communicate with their principal or board of management who makes purchasing decisions, so we’ve created this email template you can use to talk to them about Assistive Technology for SNAs. Copy and paste it into your email program, personalize it, and send away!
Still have questions? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org!