3D Printed Solutions for Assistive Technology
The Digital and Accessible Technology (DAT) Project is part of an exciting new initiative from the Brothers of Charity West Region (BOCSI-WR). BOCSI-WR received funding for this two year pilot project from the HSE’s CREATE fund which aims to improve access to digital and assistive technologies for people with disabilities.
The BOCSI-WR provide a wide range of educational, day, residential, respite, family support, and multi-disciplinary support services for people with an intellectual disability and their families living in Galway and Roscommon areas. As part of this project we are creating an Assistive Technology Loan Library to allow people supported by the service to trial Assistive Technology (AT) devices to find solutions that can enhance their independence, privacy, safety, choice, and control.
The DAT team includes a DAT officer, Speech and Language Therapist, and an Occupational Therapist, along with support from the wider multi-disciplinary team. The DAT team will provide education, training, and AT assessments to people supported and staff to increase digital literacy within the service.
The DAT team are looking for creative and motivated students to join the design team for the 22/23 academic year where we hope to co-design unique solutions for people supported in their homes, workplaces, and communities.