Adapting & Designing for Wheelchair Users (Ireland)
FEE: £40 + VAT
TIMES: 09:30 – BETWEEN 12:00 – 12:30
TRAINING MATERIALS: INCLUDED IN FEE
ATTENDANCE C: 3 CPD HOURS
VENUE: ONLINE, VIA ZOOM
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 an individual wheelchair user’s requirements.
The course is live and interactive and led by a highly experienced trainer. Places are limited so please book as early to avoid disappointment.
On completion of the course, you should:
- Be able to discuss where wheelchair standards originate from and understand which are mandatory and which good practice only
- 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, ramp landings etc.
- 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
- Evolution of Accessible Housing from pre-1970 to today
- Overview of key wheelchair design standards, including: doorways, corridors, entrances, turning circles, bedrooms, controls & reach ranges and storage space
- Approaches to auditing a property for its accessibility (initial assessments)
- Suggestions for incorporating design standards into adaptation work
- Be familiar with a range of useful design guidance
- Measuring the wheelchair user: in particular assessing for doorway/corridor widths (anthropometric exercises, via videos, using wheelchairs)
- Signposting to further resources
- Electronic handouts (PDFs) provided
- Digital Attendance Certificates issued for 3 CPD hours
- Our online courses are interactive and typically include some or all of the following: powerpoint presentations, case studies, desktop exercises using drawings, practical exercises – utilising videos, discussion groups and break-out rooms, Q&As with trainers.