The Certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design (ATAD) follows a model of prerequisite disability and technology basic knowledge, survey of the fields, assessment, intervention and leadership. You will work under the direction of a faculty member to complete a capstone project, which, by design, is potentially publishable.

The ATAD Certificate is a collaborative effort among the College of Health Sciences Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Occupational Science and Technology and the UW-Milwaukee School of Education Department of Exceptional Education.

Like a departmental minor, certificate programs offer a specific academic focus but differ by being interdisciplinary, allowing students to combine related courses in different disciplines to explore a common theme.

Completion of the Certificate will help you prepare to sit for state and national certification examinations, such as for an Assistive Technology Specialist, Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist and Low Vision Specialist.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • This unique learning opportunity cannot be found elsewhere in the country.
  • Classes are taught by world-renowned faculty members and offers a wide range of comprehensive, interdisciplinary and in-depth courses where you can create your own individualized 15-unit certificate.
  • Many of the courses are offered in the evening or as hybrid online courses.

What can you do with a Certificate in Assistive Technology & Accessible Design?

This Certificate Program is designed to meet the increasing demand for assistive technology and accessible design specialists, and will provide you with theoretical and practical backgrounds in assistive technology.

The Certificate will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Consulting firms
  • School systems


With a Certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design (ATAD), you will be better prepared to meet the diverse and adaptive needs of a career in the field of assistive technology and accessible design.You will gain classroom experience in the following content areas, among others:

  • Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology
  • Assistive Technology Service Delivery in the Schools
  • Assessment and Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assessment in AT and Accessible Design
  • Design and Disability
  • Introduction to Low Vision and Vision Impairment
  • Practical Aspects of Visual Impairment and Low Vision Intervention
  • Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation
  • Technology and Instruction for Children with Disabilities
  • Special Populations in Communication Disorders

The Graduate School description of the program provides more details at

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if the Certificate in Assistive Technology & Accessible Design is for me?
To get more information and guidance to help you make an informed educational decision, contact:

Michelle Silverman, MS, OTR
ATAD Certificate Coordinator
(414) 229-3556

How can I apply?
Fill out the ATAD application form and email it to the ATAD Certificate Coordinator, Michelle Silverman, at

If you are not already admitted to a UWM graduate degree program, you must complete an application with the UWM Graduate School.

Is there a deadline to apply?
No, the enrollment period is rolling. You can apply at any time. Deadlines only surround class schedules.

Is the Certificate Program online?
While not all of the courses are offered online, there are enough to obtain the certificate fully online. Please refer to the schedule of classes for the most up to date information. If you have questions, contact:

Michelle Silverman, MS, OTR
ATAD Certificate Coordinator
(414) 229-3556

Are there any prerequisites for this Certificate?
Admission to the certificate program requires evidence of a basic knowledge of disability and computer applications, and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or a graduate GPA of at least 3.0.

What courses can I take to get the Certificate?
The certificate program is a 15-credit, non-degree program. The courses are offered in the College of Health Sciences Departments of Occupational Science & Technology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and School of Education Department of Exceptional Education.

Students choose electives in the areas of Assessment and Intervention, and finish with a Capstone Course. More information regarding qualifying courses is available at the Graduate School ATAD Certificate Program webpage or in the printable program information brochure. Please refer to the schedule of classes for the most up to date course offerings.

How much does the Certificate Program cost?
Tuition fee information may be found at the UWM Business and Financial Services Office under Tuition and Fees information.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate Program?
Students must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate program.