As a first step in improving access to education on Assistive Technology (AT), ATSA has been collating publicly available training programs related to the provision and repair of AT. We are seeking a panel of four (4) members to assist us in reviewing the training collected to date and in identifying any gaps. Additionally, we will be looking for feedback on a number of value-add options we could provide to members, allied health professionals and consumers in regard to AT education.
The purpose is to
- Develop a sustainable education pathway into the AT sector for new graduates, people with skills and qualifications that can easily be transferred to AT and others seeking a career in our sector.
- Provide easily accessible information for consumers and their families.
- Provide value added features for ATSA members.
- Develop a brief for a larger research project with the aim of developing education programs providing participates with a qualification in AT.
- Contribute to the scoping to engage an educational consultant to address identified gaps in available training.
Ideally, we would like one representative from suppliers in the following categories on our panel:
- Small business in regional area
- Medium sized business
- Large business
In addition to the above, we have been in discussion with one of the State based programs and hope to have a representative from their repair and maintenance training area support our project.
The member representatives will need to address the following criteria:
- Time to provide about 2 hours a week to this project for approximately 4-6 weeks.
- A passion for education
- Knowledge of repairs and maintenance in AT
- Experience in providing staff training.
The selection panel will include an independent representative of a consumer PEAK body, the ATSA EO and a representative from the ATSA Governance and Policy Committee.
There will be a project design meeting in late November/early December. The project will commence 23rd of January 2023 and is expected to run for 4-6 weeks. The timeline will be discussed and agreed during the project design meeting.