National Assistive Technology (AT) Training Services

Enable Ireland's National Assistive Technology Training Service



Upcoming conferences in Dublin


Reducing the digital divide: the role of Education


European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society




Rapid advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing lifestyles across the globe. However, many people with disabilities and elderly people experience difficulties in engaging with ICT and therefore may be prevented from fully enjoying its benefits.

The ENTELIS seminar “Reducing the digital divide: the role of Education” will be held in Dublin on the 12th of November is dedicated to the role of education in bridging the digital divide.


Universal Design in Education

Universal Design in Education




The drive to increase participation in higher education is often at odds with the need to encourage and develop all students to be technically proficient and yet creative, independent and socially aware thinkers that are engaged with the world outside of the campus walls.

In collaboration the Universal Design in Education conference will be held in the same venue as the ENTELIS seminar.  This is a two day conference consisting of a series of workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitions and a 24 Hour Universal Design Hackathon.

 “Reducing the digital divide: the role of Education” 12th November 2015

“Universal Design in Education” Conference 12th & 13th November 2015

Venue: Dublin Castle




Enable Ireland, in partnership with DIT launched their Community Design Challenge in Microsoft in December.  This year's competition is open to students nationally and internationally and is sponsored by Leckey, a company which specialises in designing and manufacturing specialist seating and postural management devices for children with disabilities.

Leckey is asking you to imagine how you could adapt, improve, integrate or augment our products to make them fun for the user, and as a consequence help remove the stigma of disability.  Keeping in mind our mission and vision, create a design, picture, code, prototype or description of a new product Leckey could design.  There's no limit to your creativity!  You may extend the concept to anything you think might please the target group!  Prize for the winning concept is €500.

If you're interested, check out our CDC video on YouTube

For more information contact:  Siobhan Long or Bernard Timmins



We are delighted to announce that the winners of the 2015 Community Design Challenge are as follows:

Judges' Choice Award:  'Bus Buddy'

Team Members:  Christina McCarthy, Kaitlyn Mast and Evan Markley (Purdue University, USA)

Users' Choice Award:  'Happy Openings'

Team Members:  Shelly Gaynor, Amy Sexton, Kelly McGuinness and Olivia Holbrook (Dublin Institute of Technology)

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the members of the winning teams!

We would like to thank all participants for their commitment and participation in this year's Community Design Challenge.  The entries offered potential solutions to real life challenges which were both creative and practical.

Plans are now underway for the Awards Ceremony which will take place on 30th September in Microsoft.

We look forward to building on this year's competition and to the potential development of some of the produce concepts to prototype stage, with the support of Dublin Institute of Technology and Purdue University in the US.

    Bus BuddyHappy OpeningsCommunity Design Challenge 2015 Participants






We run both certified and customised Assistive Technology courses, ranging in duration from a half day to 5 days. We also run seminars targeting people with disabilities, therapists, educators and employers. We aim to deliver more training to parents and families of people with disabilities as awareness of the benefits of Assistive Technology grows. Find out more about our training courses and seminars.

  sample of technologies Connect for iPad and Housemate Mobile  


Find out more 

  • Watch our Videos
  • Read our Publications
  • Read about our Partnerships
  • Visit our YouTube Channel. The channel showcases video that provides an introduction to Assistive Technology. Learn more about how AT can assist with computer access, augmentative communication, environmental controls, smart phones / mobile devices and powered mobility.




2016 Course Dates:  9th Feb, 8th March and 12th April.  Please see attached for further information foundations_in_at_2016_course_flyer.pdf

If you are interested in enrolling on the 2016 course, please contact  Ph:  (01) 2184100

Please see Courses and Seminars for further details of upcoming AT Training Events.

Announcing: Launch of On-Line Assistive Technology Library


(only available for Enable ireland Staff)

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Remember how much use you got from Try-it? Well, Enable Ireland’s National AT Training Service is delighted to announce the launch of its own internal AT loan Library.  All Enable Ireland staff can now borrow a wide range of assistive technology devices to trial with service users or for professional training purposes.  Our loan library includes laptops, iPads and tablets with specialist AT Apps, accessible music, AAC devices, switches, mounting equipment and so much more.   

This service is free of charge. However, in order to minimise courier costs, we would appreciate it if wherever possible, borrowers collect/return items themselves.

Why not take a look and see if there’s something there for you? ATLibrary

How to start

Contact Sean Loughran, AT Technician at: within the National AT training service and we will set you up as new members.  Now you’re ready to go…

How it works

  1. Search equipment on the library by Keyword or by Category
  2. Add items to your basket
  3. Confirm your loan request
  4. Now, either you collect equipment or we can send the equipment out to you to start your three week loan
  5. Finally, return the equipment after the loan period

AT loan equipment

 Download a flyer


The AT e-zine

Please take a look at the most recent editions of our e-zine to find out what's been happening.  We are currently working on our Spring edition, so please check back over the coming weeks.

Summertime e-zine

AT User's Perspective e-zine

AT Suppliers Edition

Assistive Technology Lights Up the Christmas Tree December 2014

If you would like to be added to our distribution list to receive future editions, please email



Contact Details

National Assistive Technology Training Centre, Enable Ireland, Sandymount Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Tel: 01 2184100    E mail: