Adapting & Designing for Wheelchair Users (Ireland)
This online course, which is tailored for Irish Occupational Therapists, covers essential design principles for both wheelchair accessible and wheelchair adapted housing. It advises on how to make recommendations for both individual and generic wheelchair users. The course overviews a wide range of space standards, including turning circles, clear opening widths for doorways, transfer space by beds and storage recommendations. It also demonstrates, via illustrations and videos, ways of assessing individual wheelchair user requirements.
ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, DELEGATES SHOULD:
- Be familiar with essential space standards such as corridor widths, turning circles, clear opening widths for doorways, socket heights, storage provision, transfer space and so on
- Have increased awareness on how to assess a property for its accessibility or adaptability when carrying out an initial assessment
- Be able to discuss Technical Guidance Document M (Access & Use), 2010 – accessibility standards contained within Irish Building Regulations
- Be able to measure up individual wheelchair users for essential adaptations such as doorway widths, through floor lifts and ramp landings
- Have experience of assessing housing schemes for their accessibility (within a group setting)
- Understand where to obtain further information and resources in relation to accessible housing, such as the AOTI Housing Design Guidelines for OTs and the Northern Irish Toolkit, and how to incorporate these into adaptation work.
- Electronic handouts (PDFs) provided
- Digital Attendance Certificates issued (3 CPD hours)
- Our online courses are interactive and typically include some or all of the following: presentations, case studies, desktop exercises, demonstration videos, discussions, breakout rooms and Q&As with trainers.