Draft Programme Session: Assistive Technology for Intellectual Disability & Autism Spectrum Disorder (STS06)

December 6, 2016

Session Type: Lecture (sequence of presentations with questions and answers)

Assistive Technology for Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder

The ASSISTID Symposium presents evidence-based research in the use of AT to address key educational, communication, life-skills issues and  ethical  implications, with a focus on empowering people of all ages with ID or ASD to live as independent and satisfying lives as possible. ASSISTID, co-funded by the charity Respect and the EU, is the largest European programme researching the use of AT for ID and ASD.  In collaboration with the Daughters of Charity  Services for Disability, ASSISTID brings together multidisciplinary teams of engineers, specials educators, computer scientists and entrepreneurs to ensure effective AT is designed according to a person’s needs and abilities. The 6 ASSISTID contributors to the symposium will address the following research topics:

  • Implementing AT to support people with intellectual disability to self-manage healthy lifestyle choices
  • Future Planning for persons with autism and intellectual disabilities: Developing a person centered support app and a multimedia training course for aging carers.
  • 3D virtual reality technology as a tool for teaching and therapy for children with intellectual disabilities and those on the autism spectrum.
  • Utilising Video Modelling (VM) to teach people with ID or ASD life and social skills
  • Developing a Multimodal Assistive Technology assessment tool for children with Mild to Moderate intellectual Disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through a Universal Design framework
  • Ethical analyses and recommendations for development, use and distribution of AT.


Contact: Prof Brian Harvey (Director Of Research, DOCTRID Research Institute), RESPECT, St Joseph’s Centre, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Email: brianharvey@rcsi.ie

Contact: Bridget Doyle (Programmes Manager, DOCTRID Research Institute), RESPECT, St Joseph’s Centre, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
Email: bdoyle@respect.ie

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Proposed Presenters:

  • Dr Anita Yakkundi
  • Dr Bryan Boyle
  • Dr Philomena Smyth
  • Dr Aviva Cohen
  • Dr Fiachra O’Brolchain
  • Trish MacKeogh


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