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.

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

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Assistive Technology and Accessible Design Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Education (CoA RATE).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
caahep.org

Coursework

Coursework

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

Visit the UWM Academic Catalog for more information .

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
silverm2@uwm.edu


How can I apply?
Complete the application to 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
silverm2@uwm.edu


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 are required to take Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology and a Capstone course. They choose 3 electives from a list in the areas of Assessment and Intervention. More information regarding qualifying courses is available in the UWM Academic Catalog or in the program information brochure (PDF). Please refer to the schedule of classes for the most up to date course offerings.


How much does the Certificate Program cost?
For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Graduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

In addition to regular tuition, there are also mandatory/segregated fees which are funds earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Students enrolling exclusively in audit or off-campus classes are not charged segregated fees and will not be able to use some campus facilities or obtain a University bus pass. If you fall into one of these categories, but want full access to all campus facilities, you may pay an additional fee based on the number of credits taken.

There may be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee.


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.