Friday, November 24, 2017

Assistive Technology

Media Matters

Media Lab
We have been in operation for the last two years. In that time, we have met many different people with Special Needs who have brightened up our lives and made us smile. We have worked with different groups around the country, in Duleek Co. Louth, Bray Co. Wicklow, Tullow Co. Carlow and Ballymun Dublin 11.

Technology is my window on the world

Deirdre-Spain at desk
My first experience of technology was when I got a TV for my bedroom. Of course my family’s TV was in the sitting room, but this was my own to look at whatever I wanted. My parents were against this as I might be lonely in my bedroom and spend too much time on my own...

Using Technology to Support and Develop Communication Skills: iPods, iPads, Androids, Apps and Skype

For many people, devices such as iPods and iPads have become an extension of their arm. They give us so much at the touch of a screen. They keep us up-to-date on the everyday movements and special events of those who may not be in close proximity....

Article request: Issue 100 on Social Media

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Frontline issue 100 is coming soon and the theme is 'Social Media and how to use it effectively'. We are looking for articles based on this theme but we are also looking for stories related in any way to intellectual disability.

Life Stories and iPads: A New Way to Keep Memories

Have you ever noticed that as we grow older it becomes harder to remember important stories and information about our lives? These memories hold lots of information about ourselves, and the way we like to live our lives. Life stories can be a good way of gathering up the stories and information about ourselves, so that we can make sure we continue to live our lives as we would like.


Where would we be without technology these days? It drives so much of what we do: whether it’s how we want TV (on demand, Netflix, and other streaming services take up as much of our attention as terrestrial TV stations), listen to the radio (internet/digital radio anyone?), keep in touch with one another, or plan our daily work schedules....


The past few years have seen a revolution in the use of mobile technology. Phones, iPads, tablets … one can hardly keep up with the latest gadget. With the introduction of these devices and a myriad of apps, we are provided with a new method of learning that is both beneficial and challenging for those with communication needs...

Story Time in Little Stars Crèche Featuring Jackie and Sophie

This is the story of how two young adults with a physical and intellectual disability undertook a new valued role in their local crèche. It involves Jackie and Sophie, the innovative staff from Siamsa, the use of appropriate Assistive Technology, hard work and a warm welcome from Sandra and the children of Little Stars, on the Navan Rd.


We are living in a world where technology is integral to our day living—from waking up to the clock-radio alarm, using a smart phone reminder to attend an appointment, the use of sensor lights to make our way safely from the car to the front door at night time...

Assistive Technology In Our Library

Blanchardstown Library, the largest Public Library in Ireland, is situated opposite Dublin’s Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, beside the Draoícht Theatre and on a busy bus route...