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DIT student Carissa Smith named eir Disability Champion

Posted: 29 September, 2017

DIT Foundation and eir are delighted to announce Carissa Smith, Information Systems & Information Technology student at DIT, has been named eir Disability Champion for 2017.

Carissa Smith receives her award from Michelle Toner, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, eir. Also pictured Dr Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Development, DIT.

Carissa received the award during an event to celebrate the launch of the eir Assistive Technologies pilot project developed by the Disability Support Service, which is part of the Access Civic and Engagement Office in DIT.

eir is supporting this ground-breaking assistive technologies pilot project in DIT, which is focused on the use of mobile and chrome-based applications that enable speech-to-text technology to promote greater academic success and enhance the student’s learning experience. This initiative is the first of its kind in Ireland and aims to mainstream and embed technology in the Higher Education culture to enhance learning possibilities for pupils with disabilities and the wider student body. 

Carissa with Sinead McEntee and Trevor Boland, Disability Support Service, DIT

In her role as Technology Mentor, Carissa will run workshops and create learning materials such as tutorial videos, infographics and instructional documents over the academic year to promote these innovative and exciting tools among the 1,400 students registered with the Disability Support Service in DIT.

Students interested in attending workshops and accessing infographics about these new Assistive Technologies in DIT should visit the Appventure website -