28 Nov 2021

Teaching Laois teachers the technology to help students with disabilities

Laois teachers offered free training in assistive technology

Laois teachers offered free training in assistive technology

New free courses are being offered to teach Laois teachers about technology to aid students with disabilities.

Laois Education Centre and the Institute of Technology Carlow have announced a collaboration to meet the needs of students with disabilities so that they will be skilled in assistive technology and ready for third level colleges.

The Enabling Transitions programme launches this Autumn. It will provide continuous professional development (CPD) for secondary school teachers in technologies such as Echo smart pens, reader pens, speech recognition software, mind-mapping software, and magnification and screen reading software.

Laois Education Centre provides CPD for the educational community in Laois, parts of Offaly and North Tipperary.

Catherine Doolan is Director of Laois Education.

“I am delighted to work with IT Carlow on this very exciting project. I believe this partnership will bear fruit for both students and teachers in the Laois Education Centre catchment area, providing very valuable support in the area of assistive technology in advance of transition to third-level,” she said.

David Denieffe is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar at Institute of Technology Carlow.

“Our partnership with Laois Education Centre is of strategic importance. The CPD model used by Laois Education Centre is perfect for this purpose and we look forward to working together to achieve our ambition,” he said.

IT Carlow is one of several higher education institutes in the South East Cluster to get SOAR funding for three separate platforms: Enabling Transitions; Travellers in Education; and Connecting Communities Connecting Curriculum. Each platform aims to increase participation by specific categories of students. The collaboration with Laois Education Centre is part of the Enabling Transitions programme.

Booking for these courses is via Laois Education Centre’s website

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.