Assistive technologies to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and autism

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The European Union has launched ASSISTID, a €9 million, Irish-led research programme into the development and application of assistive technologies to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

The ASSISTID programme, which will fund 40 post-doctoral fellows, is co-funded by the European Commission and the charity RESPECT, and is coordinated by the DOCTRID Research Institute. The DOCTRID Research Institute includes the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services, all of the universities on the island of Ireland, RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Dublin and Tralee Institute of Technology and the US universities Michigan State University and the University of Massachusetts.

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