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[Irl-dean] Gateway2at Website Launch

Joshue O Connor joshue.oconnor at ncbi.ie
Fri Sep 22 12:33:16 IST 2006


Hello All,

I was at the launch of the new Gateway2at site on Wednesday
(www.gateway2at.org).
This is a great website and one that I would call highly accessible as
well as being content rich and useful.

I wish to recommend it as a resource for you all to point your clients to.
It contains good introductions to assistive technology as well as real
world case studies that are useful to prospective employers of people with
disabilities.

I have included the press release below for your perusal and recommend that
you visit the site and see for yourselves. I would like to congratulate
the crew who developed the site for doing a great job.

Regards

Josh

New Website Aims to Raise Profile of Assistive Technology
Amongst Students, Educators and Employers

A new website which provides information on assistive technology for
people with disabilities will be launched in Dublin on 20 September at a
major education conference.

The Gateway website – www.gateway2at.org – is an innovative approach to
raising the profile of assistive technology amongst third-level
students, educators (guidance counsellors, assistive technology
advisors, access officers, lecturers and others) and employers.

Assistive technology enables an individual to achieve greater
independence in education, the workplace, in life. It includes
alternative keyboards and mice, screen-reading and word prediction
software, voice recognition software, communication tools, as well as
several other devices.

The website is a valuable information resource and includes case studies
of expert assistive technology users, as well as information on how to
access funding for such technologies.

Gateway2at.org is an international collaboration and has been led by
Irish partners Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT); Dun Laoghaire
Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT); and Enable Ireland. The
European partners are AbilityNet, England; Technical University of
Kosice (TUKE), Slovakia; University of Ljubiljana, Slovenia; and the
Walloon Agency for the Integration of People with Disabilities (AWIPH),
Belgium. The initiative is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme.

In developing the site, expert opinion was sought from the various user
groups. According to Debbie O’Halloran, Group Editor of Irishjobs.ie,
the site is ‘extremely user-friendly and informative. The information is
structured in a way that is easily-navigable for the user and it is very
comprehensive.’ Tony Murray, User Tester for the Centre for Inclusive
Technology (CFIT), said that it is ‘the best I’ve ever evaluated.’ He
described it as ‘a valuable and information-rich resource’.

The Disability Act, 2005 requires that three percent of employees in the
public sector should be people with disabilities. While there is not an
equivalent requirement for the private sector, it is anticipated that
the information provided on www.gateway2at.org will be particularly
useful to all employers.

The Gateway website will be launched by Mary Davis, Director of Special
Olympics Ireland and Chairperson of the Taskforce on Active Citizenship
at 10.30am, Wednesday 20 September at The Irish Times Higher Options
Conference in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

[ENDS]

Notes to editors:
Gateway is an acronym for Guidance for Assistive Technology in Education
and the Workplace Advancing Young People with Disabilities.

For further information contact:
Brian Lynch
Communications and Marketing Manager
Athlone Institute of Technology
Tel 090 644 2595
Mobile 087 122 0361
Email brianlynch at ait.ie





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