ASSISTID stands for ‘Assistive Technologies for people with Intellectual Disability and Autism’ and is coordinated by the DOCTRID Research Institute, a network of 16 academic institutions, 2 disability service providers Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services and Designability, a national umbrella organisation for intellectual disability service providers (The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies) and a national advocacy organisation (Irish Autism Action).
ASSISTID is an EU Marie Curie research and training programme funding up to 40 postdoctoral researchers who are examining how technology can support people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism in education, employment, community participation and independent living. It is cofunded by the EU and the charity RESPECT.
Our aim is to...
- Establish ASSISTID as the first multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial research and training programme focusing on evidence based research into technology for intellectual disability and/or autism.
- Train up to 40 postdoctoral researchers to become leaders in academia, industry or disability services with particular skills in assistive technology.
- Ensure our researchers acquire a deep understanding of the nature of intellectual disability and autism and how the needs of individuals influence the successful uptake of assistive technology.
- Develop new technology, assess or adapt existing technology, develop new assessment tools and guidelines.
- Understand the practical, societal and environmental factors which can act as facilitators or barriers to the uptake of technology by people with ID or autism.
- Disseminate research findings and produce a body of evidence to inform disability policy and practice.
- Raise awareness of the potential of technology as a tool to support independent living and enable choice.