Communication Sciences & Disorders

Assistive Technology & Accessible Design (ATAD) Certificate (Graduate)


The Assistive Technology and Accessible Design (ATAD) Certificate is an interdisciplinary program designed to meet the increasing demand for assistive technology and accessible design specialists.

A collaborative certificate among the College of Health Sciences Communication Sciences and Disorders and Occupational Science & Technology and UW-Milwaukee Exceptional Education, it provides students with theoretical and practical backgrounds in assistive technology. It will prepare them to work in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, consulting firms and school systems.

This unique learning opportunity cannot be found elsewhere in the country. It is taught by world-renowned faculty members and offers a wide range of comprehensive, interdisciplinary and in-depth courses where students create their own individualized 15-unit certificate. Many of the courses are offered in the evening or as hybrid online courses.

The certificate follows a model of prerequisite disability and technology basic knowledge, survey of the fields, assessment, intervention and leadership. Students work under the direction of a faculty member to complete a capstone project, which, by design, is potentially publishable.

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


Sample Assistive Technology Courses Include:

  • 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.

For more information, contact the ATAD Coordinator at (414) 229-4713 or atad-coordinator@uwm.edu.

The Graduate School description of the program provides more details at http://graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/areas-of-study/certificates/assistive-tech-accessible-design/

This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations. For more information please visit http://www4.uwm.edu/financialaid/EligConsInfo/gainfulemployment.cfm