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DAT Project

The aim of the DAT project is to promote the use of Digital and Accessible Technology by adults supported and staff across the West Region.

The DAT Team is comprised of members specialised in Assistive Technology (AT), including a Senior Speech and Language Therapist, a Senior Occupational Therapist, and a Digital and Accessible Technology (DAT) Officer.

This multi-disciplinary team allows us to conduct assessments, respond to requests and queries, and provide training to all staff about the importance and applications of assistive technology. Our knowledge ranges from finding 3D printed solutions to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices as can be seen below.

All of this was made possible by funding provided by CREATE (2022 – 2024)

Our goal is to facilitate a greater understanding and implementation of technology within the service. We share information on best practices, resources, the latest technologies and interviews with people supported.

We have built a library of the latest accessibility devices for people supported to trial. We are constantly expanding the Assistive Technology Loan Library and developing training and resources for emerging technologies.

Members of the DAT Team come from specialised backgrounds including SLT, OT, and AT. We provide assessments to people supported and work collaboratively with the wider Multi-Disciplinary Service.

We provide a range of training and support across the organisation. Our knowledgeable team run clinics and workshops and offers bespoke training to respond to the needs of people supported.

S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths) is a new initiative with a focus on getting people supported to engage with new technologies, experiment, and discover new interests like sound engineering or 3D printing.

The Gaming Community is another new initiative that aims to bring people supported and volunteers together to socialise, have fun, and try out customisable and accessible gaming options.

For more information contact:

Paige Parker – Digital and Accessible Technology Officer

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