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, Childvision, National Rehab Hospital, UCC, IHREC, Microsoft, TUDublin, DCC WoodQuay and online with  Employers for Change. 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

Upcoming CHAT

September 2022 – details coming soon

Past CHAT gatherings

CHAT – Green shoots, CREATE-ing an AT Ecosystem 27th June 2022

CHAT with Employers for Change- AT supporting Remote and On-Site Employment Opportunities 2nd Dec 2021

CHAT @Online Catch-Up Series 3. Sustainability of Online Supports and Services June 3rd 2021

CHAT @Online Catch-Up Series 2. How accessible technology helps me? May 20th 2021

CHAT @Online Catch-Up Series 1. Video Conferencing What’s Working April 29th 2021


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 @ UCCAT in Education for all Dec 2019


CHAT @ NRH Independent Living Sept 2018