CHAT CREATE 2.0 – Scaling access to AT in Ireland

Freedomtech hosted the CHAT gathering Create 2.0 -scaling access to AT in Ireland on Wednesday, 28th February 2024. The aim of this online event was to showcase the work of CREATE 2.0 grant recipients.  This Community Hub for Assistive Technology event focused on six of the nine projects funded under the Health Service Executive’s Cooperative Real Engagement for Assistive Technology Enhancement (CREATE) initiative. We are delighted that Dr Rosemary Gowran, who has championed this grant scheme, and the grant recipients were in attendance for this much-anticipated CHAT.

During this CHAT, the 2024 CREATE grant recipients had the opportunity to share a summary of their funded projects and will discuss and listen to the broader CHAT community for their thoughts and feedforward on the projects. The CREATE grants are given to finance digital and assistive technology initiatives that will both enhance the provision and utilisation of DAT for individuals with disability and do so in a way that contributes to creating a more robust systemic approach within the disability sector. We were joined by key Digital Assistive Technology community members, both in Ireland and internationally, to discuss the CREATE fund and the scaling of the Assistive Technology grant opportunities in Ireland. We got the opportunity to see first-hand how this fund is forming the cornerstone for a dynamic national AT Ecosystem in Ireland. Read about the projects: gov – Minister of State for Disabilities announces €750,000 for Digital and Assistive Technology projects (

Watch the recording of the full CHAT event here enter the passcode #CREATECHAT2024

Project Videos can be seen on the links below

Brothers of Charity – AT Framework – Paige Parker

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland – DAT for ABII – Anne Connolly

Rehab & NLN – DAT Central – Anne Marie

St Michaels House Health Passport – Anne Spenser

Stewarts Care – Meaningful Day – Mohamed  Maalim

Enable Ireland + FreedomTech Consortium – AT Passport – Siobhan Long