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Deirdre Spain, a person with a learning disability tells how technology has helped change her life in many ways.

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...

Clare Hudson examines a number of devices and applications designed to assist and develop technology skills for people with disabilities.

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....

Eilish King shows us an innovative idea for recording, keeping and showing your treasured life experiences in electronic form…

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.

Siobhán Long, Manager, Enable Ireland National Assistive Technology Training Service, gives an overview of assistive technology

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....

Geraldine Moran explains ‘Actions in Video’ a unique app she developed not only for speech and language therapists and teachers but also for parents and tutors.

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...

by Joan Nolan & Stephanie Lynch

Story Time with Sophie, Deirdre, Maria and the children from “Little Stars” Navan Rd. Dublin 7.

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.

Patricia Regan says the use of assistive technology is proving to be an exciting and productive method for facilitating more independent-living situations.

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...

Stephanie Lynch, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistive Technology, Daughters of Charity, St Vincent’s Centre describes the IT amenities for those with an intellectual disability.

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...

by Kathleen Cooley

‘Hello, my name is Kathleen Cooley and I am 73. I had a great party for my last birthday. I live in a house with six of my friends. My hobbies are knitting, making jewellery with beads, meeting my friends and I like watching television...