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A few words on Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology can bee defined as any resources or services that fulfill a human skill, supply the lack of a person’s organ, or member.  It is also an assistive device for people with disabilities. For example, a wheelchair represents an assistive device for people who cannot walk, and a Sign Language Interpreter, or a guide-dog are assistive technology for people who cannot hear or see respectively.  In the first case, the assistive technology is defined as a device. In the second one, it is defined as a service.

In Brazil, Assistive Technology or Technical accommodation is guaranteed by law, both as a constitutional rule and as an infraconstitutional legislation.

However, the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Aid (LAIMA-UFPE) does not research on or develop Assistive Technology for people with disability because of legal obligation. Rather, it is because we at LAIMA refuse to accept that more than 1/4 Brazilian population be denied equal opportunities and conditions merely because they are people with disability.

We at LAIMA are aware that over 45 million children, teenagers, adults and elderly people with disabilities face communication, physical and attitudinal barriers every day. We at LAIMA understand that those barriers can be reduced, and even eliminated by access to new or already available technology.

For us at LAIMA, researching and developing services and technologies for people with disabilities is a matter of inclusive awareness as well as a sense of social responsibility.

Ongoing researches

  1. Intelligent system for recognition and Scientific Description of Arthropods;
  2. use of a pedal for navigation with screen readers;
  3. development of an accessible distance learning environment;
  4. development of accessible games, based on the concept of UAG (Universal Accessible Game).

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