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Assistive Technology Certificate Program

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.

General Information

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. While the spring session is also conducted online, it also includes a two-day in-person meeting held in conjunction with the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities in San Diego.

Participants of the spring session are required to attend the in-person portion in order to earn the certificate.

Curriculum

The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) meets the 100-hour requirement for a certificate in assistive technology applications with 10 Certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from The Tseng College and the Center on Disabilities.

The 16-week course includes seven modules as described below.

Course Description

Course Module and Description
ModuleCourse NameHoursDescription
ATACP 1

Welcome to ATACP

7

This course module reviews the expectations and course work to be done in ATACP.

ATACP 2

Intro into Assistive Technology

7

This introductory module will cover 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.

ATACP 3

Assessment

12

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 assistive technology assessment process in order to effectively identify an appropriate action plan.

ATACP 4

Assistive Technology Populations and Case Studies

38

Participants will discover through case studies how assistive technology can be applied to help people with disabilities reach their individual goals. 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 that address various needs and populations.

ATACP 5

Computer Access

12

This module will focus on specific areas of assistive technology and elaborate on individual features of technology, applications and resources to gain further knowledge.

ATACP 6

Assistive Technology Administration

12

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.

ATACP 7

Final Project

12

A practical independent or group project is required in order to earn the certificate. Participants are encouraged to develop a project or action plan to meet the needs of people with a disabilities and/or their organization. The project or action plan will be developed and approved.

Course Requirements

Individuals interested in enrolling in the certificate program must complete and return an application form with tuition payment in order to be accepted. Space is limited in each of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) sessions to enable maximum participation, feedback and personal attention — early enrollment is strongly encouraged to ensure availability.

Each participant will receive access to the comprehensive online course that includes lectures, case studies, application exercises, articles and web resources in a variety of accessible mediums (HTML, text and PDF).

In order to access the course, participants must have an active email account and access to the Internet.

Computer speakers and microphone are preferred, but not required.

The course is offered on the e-learning platform, Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate. Users of JAWS or other screen readers can access either of these programs, and helpful guides are available to help navigate through settings.

Certificate and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) requirements

In order to receive certification, participants must complete the required 100-hours of ATACP course work, class participation and assignments, and the final project.

Tuition

Total cost to enroll in the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) is $1,795. The tuition includes the cost for instruction, technology fees and certification. There are no additional costs to participate. The spring session includes a required two-day in-person training. Thus, students in this session are responsible for travel and stay in San Diego where those meetings are held. 

Payment is due by the enrollment deadline (see the upcoming sessions link for more details) in order to become enrolled in the program.

Payment options

Accepted Payment Options
Checks              

Please make checks payable to California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities.

Credit cards

All major credit cards accepted, except Discover. Please contact the Center on Disabilities to process your tuition.

Purchase order

Purchase orders (PO) are welcome. Contact us or fax your PO to initiate the PO process.

Refund policy

The Center on Disabilities will issue a refund (minus a $30 processing fee) to any student that opts to cancel his or her registration up until the enrollment deadline as listed.  A partial refund of $1,495 will be made if the student drops the program within two weeks of the first day; no refunds will be made thereafter.

Discount

All ATACP students will receive a discount on their registration to attend the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities if they opt to attend. This discount is available to students in every session.

Upcoming Sessions

The Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) is offered three times per year — fall, spring and summer. We accept applications year-round, and actively enroll students during the timeframes listed below. There is no late enrollment available for any of the sessions.

2015-2016 school year session date

Session Dates and Enrollment Deadline
SessionSession DatesEnrollment Period

Summer 2015

May 18 – September 4

April 1 – May 1

Fall 2015

August 24 - December 11

July 6 - August 7

Spring 2016*

January 19 - May 6

November 16 - December 18

Summer 2016

May 16 - September 2

March 28 - April 29

The fall and summer sessions are offered entirely online. The spring session is also conducted online, but also includes a two-day in-person meeting held in conjunction with the International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities in San Diego. This two-day meeting covers module five of the course in-person rather than online. See the course curriculum for module details.

* Participants of the spring session are required to attend the in-person portion in order to earn the certificate.

Application

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 conference@csun.edu or (818) 677-2578.

 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the training programs, please contact the Center on Disabilities 
at (818) 677-2578 or via email at conference@csun.edu. You may also contact us through the online contact form.