We have now published the dates for our 2014 training courses. The courses will take place in the week beginning 22nd September and the week beginning 17th November.
The courses are designed as either an introduction, refresher or update for staff who work with people with disabilities who may benefit from either Environmental Controls, Communication Aids, computer access or specialised wheelchair controls. The courses are available to staff working in our current ‘patch’ of Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.
NHS England is in the process of taking over responsibility for commissioning these specialised services and these sessions will include an update on this and provision within the region. In addition the courses will cover how the care pathway will work – for example criteria for referrals, information required and expectations around local service provision.
The training page on our website has a PDF flyer with detail of our 2014 courses.
IPEM – Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine hosted a study day on Integrated Access for Assistive Technology. Integrated Electronic Assistive Technology (eAT) can be a combination that enables access to an environmental control system, communication aid, a computer and/or powered mobility.
Our team has many years of experience in providing integrated eAT. At the meeting I represented the Barnsley AT Team, initially providing an overview of some of the commercially available integration options we have employed over the previous 10 years. Then the focus shifted to our custom made microprocessor based Integrators designed and constructed by our Electronics Engineer, Graham. A typical application for our custom integrator is for an individual who can operate a single switch but needs to be able to access more than one device or function. One example being an integrator that allows the user to choose if the switch operates their environmental control or turn a page of their ebook forward or backward.
See the draft programme – Integrated Access for AT Programme
and my presentation – The Challenges of Integrating Complex Electronic Assistive Technology
In brief, a worthwhile study day by seeing what other departments are up to and encouraging that there was interest in our work, especially the custom made integrator.