Ireland Funds 11 Digital Assistive Technology Projects

Anne Rabbitte, Minister of Disabilities, on 31st January announced a fund of £2 million for 11 projects under the Health and Safety Executive's Cooperative Real Engagement for Assistive Technology Enhancement (CREATE) initiative that aims to improve digital assistive technology for people with disabilities. These 11 projects were selected from a total of 79 submissions. 

Projects were assessed on the extent to which they were person-centric and how they demonstrated a willingness to work collaboratively across different service providers and to engage with digital and assistive technology through a clear co-design process. The successful projects include a new assistive technology passport, sit-to-stand wheelchair service, a loan library, enhanced experience in using respite service, and a mentorship program of expert digital assistive technology users.

The other projects in receipt of funding are person-centered digital assistive technology to support brain injury survivors, pilot digital assistive technology team, implementation of Meaningful Day, housing waiting list, and digital assistive technology ecosystem.

The CREATE initiative aims to ensure that service providers and users work together to identify ways to help users of digital and assistive technology, including any product or services designed to enable independence for disabled and older people. The CREATE project will support people with cognitive, sensory, intellectual, and physical disabilities.