Intellectual Disability and Inclusion (Further Course)

Target Groups and Required Skills

This course is targeted towards those wishing to learn more about assistive ICT in the domain of intellectual disability (ID). It will also be useful for developers of assistive ICT who should engage in user-centred design, to include those with intellectual disability as co-designers in the development of applications to meet their requirements. The course does not require any specific skills.

Learning Platform

It will be run on the Coursesites by Blackboard Platform.

Course duration and efforts

The course will be a five-week self-paced course. Students will be expected to spend 3 hours per week following the materials and doing exercises and assignments.

Short Description

In this course, you will learn about assistive technology and intellectual disability. You will be introduced to topics around design. In particular, you will learn about the inclusion of people with intellectual disability as co-designers in the development of assistive ICT.

Long Description

In this course, you will learn about Intellectual Disability and the uses that people with intellectual disability have for technology. The course will explore the range of assistive technology for people with intellectual disability with a specific focus on assistive ICT.

The challenges of using this technology will be discussed. You will be introduced to topics around design and will especially consider how design impacts on the usability of products and technology.

The course looks at the inclusion of people with intellectual disability as co-designers in the development of assistive ICT. In order to develop products that meet their requirements, it is essential that that the users are part of the development process. This discusses an approach for developing applications using a community based co-design framework.

Course Team

John Gilligan (Dublin Institute of Technology).

Course Structure

Week 1: Introduction to Intellectual Disability, Challenges and Opportunities

  • A broad introduction to intellectual disability
  • People with intellectual disability
  • Technology and intellectual disability

Week 2: Assistive Technology

  • Technology for everyday living
  • Assistive technology and intellectual disability
  • Mobile technologies
  • Technology challenges for people with ID

Week 3: Using Technology – Challenges involved in using technology

  • Unusable technology
  • Aiming higher for the best user experience
  • User first
  • Approaches to design
  • Standards

Week 4: Designing for people with Intellectual Disability

  • General principle
  • User-centred design
  • Community-based co-design projects: a case study

Week 5: Opportunities

  • The evolving world
  • Simpler processes for independent living
  • The challenges of this brave new world
  • Review and conclusions

Certification

No certification has been planned.

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Open Educational Resources

The content from this course is available as a set of open education resources.