The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) offers practical tools and techniques of assistive technology accommodations and applications in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. In addition, ATACP addresses the tools and techniques behind the assistive technology that enhances the effectiveness in the area of assistive technology applications.
Who should attend?
- Individuals with disabilities and/or their family members
- Educators, including special education teachers and school administrators
- Public and private rehabilitation personnel
- Employers, human resource specialists and accommodation specialists
- ADA and Section 508 administrators for universities and colleges
- Assistive and information technology specialists
- Occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists
What should participants expect to learn?
The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) provides a practical approach to the applications of assistive technology to meet the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings.
Learning objectives for the participants are the following.
- A wide range of applications for assistive technology in the home, school, workplace and community environments
- Addressing individual needs through a collaborative team approach and a national assessment framework
- Existing and new assistive technology for people with disabilities, including, but not limited to, augmentative and alternative communication, environmental controls, seating and positioning, mobility devices, ergonomics, computer access technology, and technology for people with learning, physical, cognitive and/or sensory disabilities
- Resources to support assistive technology devices and services
Certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
ATACP meets the 100-hour requirement for a certificate in assistive technology applications with 10 CEUs from California State University, Northridge's The Tseng College of Extended Learning and the Center on Disabilities.
How is ATACP delivered?
ATACP is offered three times per year — Fall, Spring and Summer. The Fall and Summer sessions are offered entirely online. The Spring session, while also online, includes a 2-day in-person meeting held in March in Anaheim, California. The in-person meeting is a requirement for the Spring Session in order to be eligible to earn the certificate.
The course is not self-paced and includes both synchronous and asynchronous components in the online course, including readings, written assignments, group discussions, and live lectures. The curriculum and content of all three sessions are identical. The only difference is the live lectures. The Fall and Summer session live lectures are only conducted remotely, but for the Spring session, they are only conducted in-person.
The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) meets the 100-hour requirement to earn a certificate in assistive technology applications and 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the CSUN Center on Disabilities and the CSUN Tseng College.
The 16-week course covers a range of topics, divided into 10 Modules. The topics are described below:
Intro to Assistive Technology
This module covers the potential of assistive technology to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. In addition, the field of assistive technology is ever-changing, and this module will discuss new areas of emphasis and growing trends in the field.
Assistive technology recommendations are best when they meet the needs of the individual requiring such technology and address the outcomes desired. This module focuses on the AT assessment process in order to effectively identify an appropriate action plan.
Aging & Chronic Illness
This module will explore needs of those in the aging population and those living with chronic illness. A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed. This module will guide the participant through various assistive technologies and considerations pertinent to these populations.
Blind/Low Vision & Deaf/Hard of Hearing
This module will explore the needs of the blind, low vision, deaf, and hard of hearing populations. A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed. This module will guide the participant through various assistive technologies and considerations pertinent to these populations.
Autism & Intellectual Disabilities
This module will explore the needs of those living with autism and intellectual disabilities. A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed. This module will guide the participant through various assistive technologies and considerations pertinent to these populations.
This module will discuss augmentative and alternate communication. A wide range of practical applications and a broad scope of assistive technology will be addressed along with considerations when working with those requiring AAC interventions.
This module will focus on specific areas of assistive technology and elaborate on individual features of technology, applications and resources to gain further knowledge.
Education to Employment
AT is often used across the lifespan. From early education to higher education and entering the workplace, assistive technology solutions should bridge the transitions. This module will explore these transitions and important points in time along the way.
As an assistive technology professional, it is important to understand the leadership traits necessary to ultimately meet the needs of your clients. Leadership within this field has a tremendous impact on many aspects of assistive technology, including service delivery, device production and universal design. In addition, this module will cover funding, legislative and policy issues.
A practical independent or group project is required in order to earn the certificate. Participants are encouraged to develop a project to meet the needs of people with a disabilities and/or their organization. The project will be developed and approved.
Individuals interested in the certificate program must complete an application form; applications are accepted year-round. Notices of enrollment during designated enrollment periods for each session will be sent via email to all individuals who have submitted an application. Space is limited in each of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) sessions and early enrollment is strongly encouraged to ensure availability.
Each participant will receive access to the comprehensive online course that includes reading materials, written assignments, group activities, discussion forums and live lectures. The course combines both synchronous and asynchronous components, and follows a session schedule with due dates. This is not a self-paced program.
The course is offered on an e-learning platform that provides a virtual classroom. While the course is delivered online, it does mimic an in-person classroom. Users of JAWS or other screen readers can access the course and should be knowledgeable on using personal hardware and software. In order to access the course, participants must have an active email account and access to the Internet. Internet access must not be intermittent. Do not enroll in a session where you anticipate long periods of absence. Computer speakers and microphone are preferred, but not required.
Certificate and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) requirements
ATACP students must complete the required course work with a passing grade of B- or higher to earn the certificate. Certificates are issued approximately 4-8 weeks after the completion of the session. Please note that grades are not printed on the certificate. Students who earn the certificate automatically earn the 10 CEUs which are printed on the certificate. The CEUs are general CSUN CEUs and if a student would like to apply those CEUs towards any particular organization or association, it is up to the student to coordinate that directly with the independent party. Students can also order transcripts of their participation in the certificate program. Transcripts are normally available for order from CSUN Admissions & Records about 4-8 weeks after the completion of the session.
Total fee to enroll is $1,895.
The fee includes the cost for instruction, reading materials (included in the course), technology fees, and certificate. There are no additional costs to participate. The spring session includes a required 2-day in-person meeting. There is no additional fee to attend the 2-day in-person meeting, however students are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
Payment is due by the enrollment deadline (see the Upcoming Sessions tab for more details) in order to secure a spot. All prospective students who have submitted an application will receive detailed enrollment instructions and payment information at the start of each session's enrollment period.
The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) is offered three times per year — Fall, Spring, and Summer. Application forms are accepted on a rolling basis and we encourage those interested in the program to complete an application at any time, in order to receive communications regarding each upcoming session.
A submitted application does not enroll a person into a session. Enrollment details and instructions are emailed, ahead of each enrollment period, to anyone that has completed the form. If you are interested in enrolling in a future session, be sure to complete the application early in the enrollment period or even before it begins. Enrollment concludes at the stated deadline.
2022-2023 Session Dates
|Session||Session Dates||Enrollment Period|
|Summer 2023||May 1 – August 18, 2023||March 20 – April 7, 2023 at 3:00 PM PDT|
|Fall 2023||August 21 – December 8, 2023||July 10 – July 28, 2023 at 3:00 PM PST|
|Spring 2024*||January 8 – April 26, 2024||November 13 – December 8, 2023 at 3:00 PM PDT|
|Summer 2024||May 6 – August 23, 2024||March 18 – April 5, 2024 at 3:00 PM PDT|
|Fall 2024||August 26 – December 13, 2024||July 8 – July 26, 2024 at 3:00 PM PDT|
*The Spring session includes a 2-day in-person meeting held in March in Anaheim, California. The in-person meeting is a requirement for the Spring Session in order to be eligible to earn the certificate.
Thank you for your interest in the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP). The ATACP is designed to provide a practical approach to the applications of assistive technology in meeting the needs of individuals with various disabilities in many settings. Please complete and submit the application online.
The course is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. We will accept completed application forms year-round, but do refer to the following session dates and enrollment period for when we admit students into the session in the Upcoming Sessions section. There is no late enrollment available for any of the sessions.
Please complete and submit the application online.
There is no payment collected when you submit the application. Once an application is sent you will receive confirmation of receipt. When enrollment begins for the next session, you will receive notice with instructions for completing enrollment via email.
If you require assistance to complete the application, please contact us at email@example.com or (818) 677-2578.