Human-Computer Interaction: Communication, Cooperation, and Application Design

By Hans-Jörg Bullinger; Jürgen Ziegler | Go to book overview

On-line instruction in Assistive Technology

Harry J. Murphy, Ed. D. Founder and Director Center on Disabilities California State University, Northridge (CSUN) 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330 - 8340 818 677 2578 818 677 4929 FAX harry.murphy @ csun.edu www.csun.edu/cod/


1 Introduction

In response to a need from the field for training in the area of assistive technology, the Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), in conjunction with the university's College of Extended Learning, has developed a 100-hour training course, "Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program" (ATACP). It is considered to be an in-service, rather than a pre-service, course. Kirk Behnke, Training Coordinator of the Center on Disabilities, designed the ATACP.

Assistive technology is still a very new area. There are few comprehensive training programs in assistive technology. Yet, the demand for qualified assistive technology professionals is growing and strong training models are needed. Professionals in the field need credible university validation of their skills. The ATACP meets these needs. It is portable and can be delivered whole or in part in the United States or abroad. 1999 training classes were conducted in Nashville, Tennessee; Pasadena, California; Anaheim, California; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Chicago, Illinois, Houston, Texas, and Washington, DC.

The ATACP has been delivered to date in programs across the United States over the past three years to about 400 professionals. Participants have come from almost every state and a number of foreign countries. Also, in 1998, 31

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