CHAT – Community Hub for Accessible Technology

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


CHAT @ Smart Dublin

Smart Cities & Homes

February 2020


CHAT @ TUDublin

Living Life to the Full

October 2019


CHAT @ Microsoft

AT the ticket for Work

June 2019


CHAT @ IHREC

AT supporting Rights

April 2019


CHAT @ UCC

AT in Education for all

Dec 2019


CHAT @ NRH

Independent Living

Sept 2018