Online Course
Introduction to Assistive Technologies
Enhance your understanding of the benefits of assistive technology

1 hour





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Dana Mather
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Dr. Dana Mather is a paediatric physical therapist who has a special interest in assistive technology.

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Assistive technology (AT) describes products that enable individuals to live more independently. AT encompasses many products, including devices to help with vision, mobility, hearing, self-care, etc. Products range from high-tech solutions (communication software) to low-tech solutions (walking sticks). All of these products allow the user to live an easier, more dignified, functional life. This course explores the different categories of assistive devices, discusses how to choose AT products and explains the process of service provision of AT.


This course aims to enhance the learner's understanding of the different types of assistive technology and their benefits.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss three principles that should be considered when selecting assistive technology
  • list four categories of assistive technology and provide an example from each category
  • summarise the four steps in the provision of an assistive product
  • describe the global need for assistive technology
Featured reviews
A great beginner's course to get a grounding of what is available, how it can help and how it can aid specific groups of people.
Ben Beckwith
United Kingdom
It was a beautifully laid-out course on what types of assistive devices are out there. Everyone should refresh their knowledge by doing this course!
Carolien Benade
South Africa