Theory4Practice - Pamela Fegan & Moninna Mc Alinden
Housing Design: Where to Start
This one day course aims to provide delegates with the essential knowledge and skills required to interpret architectural drawings. This will include different types of plans, sketches, sections and elevations.
Delegates will also be given the practical skills needed to create adaptation proposals for disabled users. You will be given the opportunity to learn how to sketch and measure, read to scale, re-work sketches into scale drawings.
Delegates will be given useful and practical tips on how to re-work drawings and experiment with adaptation designs and ideas.

Who is it for?
This one-day course is designed for Occupational Therapists, Housing Officers and Architects.

Duration                    1 day training
Date                              Wednesday 24th April 2013
Host                              Theory4Practice
Venue                           Crown Plaza, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Cost                               £125 (€150). You can pay by PayPal, Bank Transfer or Cheque.
Cheques to be made payable to “P Fegan & M McAlinden”
Numbers Limited

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Facilitator                 Moninna McAlinden and Damian McCullough

Moninna McAlinden is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in the community setting for over 25 years. She has experience working both as a clinician and as a manger in England, Northern Ireland and laterally in the Republic of Ireland. She is also a practice educator for Occupational Therapy students.

Moninna also works as a Consultant Occupational Therapist for medico legal cases. With this position, she acts as an expert witness for compensation cases that have required a thorough assessment and she also gives evidence in court as and when required. Part of this work involves having to report on housing, school and workplace adaptations that may be required.

Moninna is widely involved in educating staff and students alike in environmental assessment and design. She has worked with public sector housing authorities, private housing associations, and private house owners. She has also been involved in the environmental adaptation of local churches and schools.

Moninna has also worked with the Access to Work (NI) scheme. This scheme aims to help people with disabilities who wish to take up employment, or who are in work and experience difficulties related to their disability. Moninna has worked alongside employees and helped them overcome the practical problems caused by their disability. She assesses the workplace and advises on any special aids and equipment that would suit particular work needs arising from their disability. She also advises on any adaptations required in the workplace to help facilitate an employee with disabilities.

Damian McCullough
Damian McCullough has been working as a Housing Officer in local government for over 20 years. The majority of his work involves dealing with housing adaptations grant applications. Much of his work has involved working closely with occupational therapists to design and take schemes to completion and he has built up a good working relationship with them. He works well with OT’s and always strives to bring the best solution to the table for the client. Every adaption brings a new challenge to him and he believes that working closely with OT’s he can meet that challenge.

Aims and Objectives:
On completion of this course, delegates should be able to:

• understand how to interpret plans, sections and elevations
• be able to read to scale (and understand the uses of different types of scales)
• be familiar with common architectural conventions and symbols used on drawings such as title blocks, break lines and symbols for switches, sockets, lighting, appliances etc
• have experience of carrying out drawing appraisals of wheelchair housing schemes and adaptation proposals
• understand how to sketch floor layouts and measure up spaces accurately
• have experience of converting sketches into scale drawings
• understand the purpose of templates in adaptation work, and how to create and use them effectively (e.g. templates of beds, showers, wheelchairs, toilets etc)
• have awareness of different types of door openings and clear opening widths
• have experience of designing simple adaptations for disabled users e.g. bathroom adaptation and/or extension
• understand the concept of computer aided design (CAD) and its use in adaptation work

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Please Note: Lunch is provided and included in the fee