The Assistive Technologies in Autism and Intellectual Disability (ASSISTID) research programme was launched last Thursday, 15 May, in Dublin, Ireland. For the next five years 12 different research institutes will work on assistive technologies to improve quality of life of people with intellectual disability. € 3.5 million of the total € 8.8 million research budget are co-funded by the EU under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUNDprogramme.
Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn with some participants (left) and project coordinator, Prof Brian Harvey (right).
The programme has been granted € 3.5 million from EU funds – to be managed by the REA – to cofund research on assistive technologies and behavioural science in order to improve care and social inclusion of people affected by intellectual disability and autism.
12 different research institute from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the US will be involved in the research project.
'ASSISTID will provide a catalyst for R&D in assistive technologies,' Prof Harvey ventured.
The launch event featured by the Irish press.