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The role of the EU to ensure the uptake of person-centred assistive technology

The role of the EU to ensure the uptake of person-centred assistive technology

by Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf


What we all should know:

-Technology for persons with disabilities is a human rights enabler[1]. Assistive technology unlocks human potential and breaks the link between a person’s health condition and a predetermined social destiny.

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More international learning opportunities on person centred technology for staff and service users

Since 2014 Austrian Lebenshilfe organisations have been working together to reduce the digital divide for persons with disability enabling them to access the digital world, participate in modern society, get information and opportunities for learning and personal development, increasing their independence and opportunities to enjoy mainstream services and resources as everyone else.

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News from the project “Better lives through person centred technology”: great finish at Learning Disability Wales

After having visited Bologna and Liverpool, our last mobility in June 2018 led us to Wales/ UK.

A group of ten delegates from six Lebenshilfe organisations in Austria visited Learning Disability Wales giving us the opportunity to learn about successful approaches for person centred technology during a two days training. A self-advocate with learning disability was part of the group. The course focused on awareness-raising and training for persons with learning disability, their families and staff.

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Technology can change the lives of persons with learning disability: an inspiring training at hft in UK

In March 2018 eleven delegates from seven Lebenshilfe organisations in Austria participated in a three days training on person centred technology that hft tailored to our interests and learning needs. We already reported about the Erasmus+ Project supporting us to engage in international learning experiences regarding PCT.

Through a diverse and comprehensive program experts from hft and their cooperation partners gave us an overview of their person centred technology approaches, a wide range of possibilities for implementation, success factors and challenges.'s picture

STEM education should be more inclusive and incorporate a gender perspective

Ongoing scientific development and in particular innovation in digital technologies is rapidly changing the way people learn, work, socialise, dream and set their goals and participate in all realms of public and private life. Nevertheless there are risks that specific groups of young people remain behind in the adoption (and co-creation) of new technologies and thus remain excluded from its benefits.

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Facilitating communication of persons with high support needs through iPad

Since 2014 one of our occupational therapists has specialised in augmentative and alternative communication through iPad and Apps developing individual solutions for service users with intellectual disabilities. The person centred approaches strongly enhance the users’ possibilities to communicate and their quality of life.

The iPad is a mainstream device with built in accessibility features that can be customized to individual needs, and offers all possibilities of a modern computer.

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Disruptive Innovation and a Global Marketplace

The Accessible and Assistive Technology industry is undergoing a period of intense change, but it remains challenging to predict the impact and outcomes of that change. Traditional providers face an uncertain outlook and must seek ways to respond and regain control as external influences impact upon both design and business models, driven by trends in technology design and use, public policy, changing aspirations of the market and a public funding crisis. 

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Structuring the management of vulnerable people with technology: the role of "educommunication"

Since 2007 I have been studying the role of technology in the management of disabilities and more specifically intellectual disabilities. In 2011, I carried out a doctoral research in information science and communication which was entitled “Uses and socio practices (re) éducommunicationnels for people with mental disabilities. Computer and Internet media tools” in which I studied access, ownership and use of computers and the Internet by and for people with intellectual disabilities accommodated in specialized institutions in France.

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Disability, technology and public services: the role of monitoring mechanisms

I have been in the field of disability (and later technology) and inclusive education for more than 15 years working in Cyprus. Just when I started my work as a primary education teacher supporting children with disabilities in the mainstream school, my country put in force the law for the education of children with disabilities.


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