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Media Lab is a production company specialising in working with people with Special Needs

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.

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...

The Assistive Technology Team, Daughters of Charity, Dublin (DOC AT Team) have put together a Guidebook for better access for people with intellectual disabilities. The guidebook was initially put together to help individuals who were moving from congregated settings into homes in their community. As it evolved, it became apparent that the guidebook would be useful to anyone in their existing home or when looking for a new home...

Eoin O’Herlihy explores thinking beyond disability access, especially when conducting access audits, designing buildings, and making services accessible, usable and welcoming to everyone. Eoin provides some everyday examples of good practice whilst highlighting the benefits of a rounded approach towards making services accessible for all.

The majority of people coming to use buildings or environments are visiting to use a particular service or engage in a specific activity, such as taking out a book or using computers in a library, exercising in a gym, participating in an arts event, paying for motor tax in a public building, attending court, attending school or playing in a park or playground...

Alan Corbett weighs up the pros and cons for assistive technology.

Assistive technology is a growing industry, with a wide range of tools being developed to help people with disabilities process and communicate spoken language. As this issue of Frontline demonstrates, there is much to be excited about in this wave of technological innovation...