CHAT is a community driven by people who share a passion and believe in the transformative effect that assistive technology has on individual’s lives.
CHAT aims to facilitate and create opportunities amongst people to learn from each other in an atmosphere that supports equality, collective and individual sharing. This makes the most of people’s expertise to identify better challenges, gaps and to consider solutions regarding AT.
Chat has a national membership of over 200 people and organisations. This includes people with disabilities (expert and non-expert AT users), AT practitioners, researchers, educators, service providers, developers, suppliers and other interested parties.
Different member organisations host each CHAT gathering. To date, CHAT has been hosted by the Deaf Village, Enable Ireland, University College Dublin Access Centre and The National Council of the Blind in Ireland, St. John of God and Childvision. As such, gatherings are co-created by those involved and as participants share knowledge, we are all thinking together and working horizontally across and beyond the disability sector.
For further information contact Sarah Boland, Sarah@freedomtech.ie
The Spring CHAT will be themed “Accessible Technology supporting Rights”. The agenda will include how AT can support UNCRPD, Accessibility Act, Assisted Decision Making, Voting and European and local elections and more. If you are involved in using AT to support rights, we would love to hear from you. If there is anything you want to be added to the programme or have any ideas that would be of interest, please get in touch.
IHREC is an accessible state-of-the-art, flexible space in the IHREC and they also have a changing places facility https://www.ihrec.ie/changing-places.
Contact: Sarah@freedomtech.ie Twitter @freedomtech_irl
The 3rd of December 2018 was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPwD) and to mark the occasion we moved CHAT for the first time outside of Dublin and headed to Cork. This event focused on ‘Assistive Technology in Education’ which links in with the “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” theme outlined for the day.