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10 – 24 November 2022
Assistive products like glasses, walking aids, continence products and therapeutic footwear are life-changing products that are needed by more than 2.5 billion people around the world today. The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a ground-breaking online resource designed to increase the assistive technology workforce, with a focus on simple, priority assistive products.
Training in Assistive Products (TAP) is an open access online training resource to prepare primary health and other personnel to fulfil an assistive technology role. This may include identifying people who may benefit from assistive technology; providing simple assistive products such as reading glasses or elbow crutches; or referral for more complex products and other services.
Appropriate to a broad range of contexts, TAP is targeted at primary health care and community workforce, as well as those providing services to people who need assistive products within other sectors.
Two launch events are planned for Thursday, 10 November:
1. A launch webinar will take place from 13:00 – 14:00 CET, hosted by WHO. The event will be in English with live interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and international sign. There will also be live captioning.
Register for the webinar here: https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S5dWCS6CSE2EhKFDHPn2AQ
2. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of the first TAP module, Introduction to Assistive Products, will open at 13:00 CET and run for a two-week period until 24 November. The module will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Georgian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Ukrainian.
The MOOC will give you the opportunity to experience TAP first-hand and think about how TAP might be useful to you. You may be a policy maker, an educator, a manager, a clinician, an advocate; you may be using assistive products yourself – TAP is relevant to you!
Register for the MOOC here: https://mailchi.mp/who/tap-mooc
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