What to Expect

Our Assistive Technology Certificate Program (ATCP) is a flexible packaging of 12 credit hours of courses offered by the Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD).   All students are required to take DHD440 Introduction to Assistive Technology (3 credits). Students also work with the ATCP Fieldwork Coordinator to complete an AT Field Experience, a requirement for accredited AT academic programs.  Students can then choose the AT electives which they believe would best help them meet their professional goals. Students work with their ATCP Advisor to make course selections.

*Course list subject to change

 Required course (taken in spring or fall online)

DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice

Principles and exemplary practice of assistive technology used by individuals with disabilities, including augmentative communication, seating, mobility, computer access, environmental control, home modifications, and worksite modifications

3 credits

Fall electives


DHD 553 Assistive Technology for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

An overview of assistive technology for people who are blind or visually impaired, including screen magnification software, screen reading software, OCR software, braille technologies, low vision devices, and smart phone/tablet accessibility.

1 credit
DHD 566 Introduction to Microcontrollers in Assistive Technology

In the spirit of DIY projects, this class will introduce you to the use of entry level electronics utilizing microcontrollers such as the Arduino and Uno boards.  You’ll be guided in constructing projects with an Assistive Technology focus. Project options include making an adaptive switch to operate a computer game, creating an alternate input control for accessing the computer and/or building a basic EADL/ECU control. No previous experience with microcontrollers required only a proficiency with using a computer is needed.

2 credits
DHD 594 Assistive Technology for Early Childhood

This is a 10-week on-line course designed for therapists, educators, and service coordinators involved in the assessment
and training of assistive technology for children birth through age 5 years. The course content includes topics related to assessment
and intervention of assistive technology for the development of communication, play, movement skills including access, seating
and positioning, including equipment to be utilized in a variety of environments, as well as tools for computer and iPad access.

2 credits


DHD 594








Assistive Technology Tools for Education

This online course focuses on the tool part of the assistive technology consideration process, by examining a range
of assistive technologies that support active academic participation and learning in educational settings for students
with both high and low incidence disabilities from the early grades through transition. Using the Georgia Project for
Assistive Technology AT Consideration Resource Guide as a foundational tool, this course will explore AT tools and
features for writing, reading, math, organization, physical access (to curriculum), communication, activities of daily
living, recreation and leisure activities, prevocational/vocational activities, and seating, positioning and mobility.










Blended/Lab-Based Courses at UIC
DHD 554 Augmentative Communication Assessment  

This course covers a range of augmentative communication assessment strategies and evaluation materials utilizing case examples for discussion of specific approaches for different ages, disabilities, and settings.  Students work hands-on with state of the art equipment, gaining experience  using a variety of access methods, rate enhancement techniques and vocabulary expansion tools to conduct feature analyses of  AAC systems. Special topics include vocabulary selection, communication display design, features of electronic communication aids, funding speech-generating devices, strategies for beginning communicators and partners, vision issues and the relationship between behavior and communication for individuals with complex communication needs. This course is taught primarily online with mandatory attendance at a 2 day hands-on lab at UIC in October.

3 credits

Spring electives

 Online courses
DHD 555 Consideration, Assessment and Documentation of Assistive Technology in PreK-12 Educational Setting

An introduction to the delivery of assistive technology (AT) services in the PreK-12 educational setting. Includes the legal foundation, models of AT service delivery, and practical components of AT consideration, assessment, and documentation.

3 credits
DHD 568 Supporting Augmentative Communication in Educational Settings

Explores instruction and intervention strategies that can be used in inclusive K-12 settings to aid language and educational growth for students who use augmentative communication systems.

3 credits
DHD 556 Seating and Positioning for Wheelchair Mobility
This is a fully online course that focuses on the assessment of seating and positioning for functional use of a manual or powered wheelchair for children and adults with physical disabilities. Assessment procedures, seating and positioning technology selection, funding and applicable research are also covered.
1 credit
DHD 557 Manual Wheelchair Technology

This is a fully online course that focuses on the designs and components of manual wheelchairs for children and adults with physical disabilities.  Performance adjustments, transportation standards and securement systems, funding and applicable research are also covered.

Prerequisites: DHD 556 – Seating & Positioning for Wheelchair Mobility

1 credit
DHD 558 Powered Wheelchair Technology

This is a fully online course that focuses on the designs and features of powered wheelchairs for children and adults with physical disabilities.  Power seat functions, assessment, access methods, electronics, programming and applicable research are also covered.

Prerequisites: DHD 556 – Seating & Positioning for Wheelchair Mobility & DHD 557 – Manual Wheelchair Technology

1 credit
DHD 590 Field Work 1 credit
Blended/Lab-Based Courses at UIC
DHD 551 Computers, Communication and Controls in Rehabilitation Technology

This is class provides hands on experience with alternative controls for computers, augmentative communication devices and powered mobility. Emphasis on matching consumer’s need and assistive technology.

Prerequisites: DHD 440 – Intro to Assistive Technology: Principals and Practice

3 credits

Summer electives

 Online courses
DHD 594 Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning

An introduction to the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Technology will be explored through the lens of the three components of UDL: multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression and multiple means of engagement.  Participants will explore technologies to support all learners for grades K-12

1 credit
DHD 567 AAC for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Content addresses how AAC can meet the unique communication needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders with emphasis on evidence-based modalities and intervention strategies. Topics include supports for social interaction and participation, assessment, and a range of intervention approaches including PECS, visual supports, aided language stimulation, and LAMP

2 credits
DHD 562 Mobile Technology and Computers: Built-in Accessibility Features

This course explores the built-in accessibility features that are available in Macintosh, iOS, Android and Windows PC operating systems

1 credit
DHD 569 Environmental Modification

A comprehensive overview of accessibility issues common in private residences and public spaces.  National, state, and local codes are used as a framework for addressing the barriers. Accessible design and assistive technology solutions are also investigated.

1 credit
DHD 559 Ergonomics and Safety for Workers with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities can often achieve employment through the application of sound ergonomic principles, and where necessary, low-to-high-tech job accommodation devices. This course covers the application of these strategies in office and manufacturing environments, as well as the unique issues that individuals with disabilities face regarding emergency evacuation from worksites.

1 credit
DHD 590 Field Experience in Disability & Human Development

Students demonstrate their knowledge and skill set regarding the provision of quality assistive technology services. Students may report on direct services they provide at their place of employment or may report on observations of direct services by service providers in their geographic area. Students must take 6 hours of AT coursework before registering for DHD590 Field Experience (May be applied to ATCP field experience requirement.)

1 credit
Blended/Lab-Based Courses at UIC
DHD 441 Adaptive Equipment Design and Fabrication

This hands on course provides an examination of the interaction between design and disability, through comparison of appropriate design theories, materials, and work on consumer-based issues

3 credits