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Fagerberg G.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology | Kung A.,Trialog | Wichert R.,C O Fraunhofer Institute For Graphische Datenverarbeitung | Tazari M.-R.,C O Fraunhofer Institute For Graphische Datenverarbeitung | And 16 more authors.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2010

AAL - Ambient Assisted Living. When the topic "AAL" comes up, everybody thinks first of fascinating technology that is unobtrusively integrated in "smart home environments" and supports people in their daily lives. This thinking is surely be driven by the ongoing development of impressive services that was and is still provided by the AAL research community as well as the growing number of companies that bring these technology to market. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Borg J.,Lund University | Lindstrom A.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology | Larsson S.,Lund University
Prosthetics and Orthotics International | Year: 2011

Background: The 'Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities' (CRPD) requires governments to meet the assistive technology needs of citizens. However, the access to assistive technology in developing countries is severely limited, which is aggravated by a lack of related services. Objectives: To summarize current knowledge on assistive technology for low- and lower-middle-income countries published in 1995 or later, and to provide recommendations that facilitate implementation of the CRPD. Study design: Literature review. Methods: Literature was searched in web-based databases and reference lists. Studies carried out in low- and lower-middle-income countries, or addressing assistive technology for such countries, were included. Results: The 52 included articles are dominated by product oriented research on leg prostheses and manual wheelchairs. Less has been published on hearing aids and virtually nothing on the broad range of other types of assistive technology. Conclusions: To support effective implementation of the CRPD in these countries, there is a need for actions and research related particularly to policies, service delivery, outcomes and international cooperation, but also to product development and production. Clinical relevance: The article has a potential to contribute to CRPD compliant developments in the provision of assistive technology in developing countries by providing practitioners with an overview of published knowledge and researchers with identified research needs. © The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 2011.


Fagerberg G.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2011

Objective. The field of ambient assisted living (AAL) is attracting increasing attention from policymakers, industry and the general public. The reason is the growing number of elderly persons and the opportunities provided by new technological advances. The objective of MonAMI (Mainstreaming on Ambient Intelligence) is to demonstrate that accessible and useful services for elderly and disabled persons at home can be delivered on a mainstream, open-standard, flexible platform. A number of issues related to the market, exploitation, policies and business opportunities are also being addressed. Main content. The technology base for delivering the MonAMI services is the MonAMI platform developed from mainstream, open-source components in an OSGi framework with a touch screen computer as the central element. Other parts are a Universal Control Hub as the user interfaces server, wireless sensor networks and a remote service management function. The total is a platform flexible enough to deliver a wide range of different services and facilitate future development and addition of services in a cost-effective manner. The services developed have been grouped into five packages: AMiSURE for safety and security, AMiCASA for home control, AMiVUE for home status information, AMiPAL for time management and AMiPLAY for games. The technology and the services have been installed and evaluated in the homes of 62 users in Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Results. The field trial ran for three months ending in March 2011. The evaluation covers the benefit to the users as well as operational parameters, reliability and scalability. Conclusions. MonAMI has provided a proof of concept of the benefit and feasibility of AAL services over a home platform. The challenge now is to create a mainstream market for AAL applications, i.e. an ecosystem that provides economic opportunities while addressing the social necessity of our ageing society. MonAMI has identified a three-phase roadmap to that end. © 2011 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.


Johansson L.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology | Tjader C.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2011

There is a number of persons lacking basic knowledge about computers and other IT-related products and equipment. When facing problems there is a need to ask someone. A telephone support function could be a way to include people. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.


Dahlberg R.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology | Blomquist U.-B.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology | Richter A.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology | Lampel A.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Technology and Disability | Year: 2014

This paper gives a brief description of the service delivery system for assistive technology used in daily life (AT) in Sweden, and includes discussion on present changes and trends. In Sweden the responsibility for provision of AT is shared between counties/regions and municipalities. The greater part of the cost for prescribed AT is paid by taxes. Each county/region and municipality decides on its fees and assortment of AT; there are no national guidelines or coordination. The prescription process is part of the rehabilitation process, where assessment of needs precedes prescription. In 2007 the Swedish government commissioned a programme in which trials with a voucher system were conducted in three counties and eight municipalities. The trials were evaluated and interviewed users expressed that the voucher system increased their participation in the process and that they experienced more satisfaction when they had purchased the AT on their own. The voucher system has been criticized by some users; notably by the main user organisation for persons with hearing impairments. During the past ten years, the range of AT that can be prescribed has been reduced and users have to buy some types of AT as consumer products on the private market. © 2014 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.


Dahlberg R.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

The demographic development implies that the number of older persons with care needs is increasing while it will be more difficult to recruit staff to the elderly care. In the gap arising there is a belief that welfare technology can play an important role saving time for tasks that demands human hands. The welfare technology used in this study showed that the cost could be reduced for the municipality and benefits the users. Supervision with a web camera showed to be a good complement to physical visits. Users, significant others and the staff were all positive in terms of satisfaction, sleeping quality and safety aspects. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.


Frick-Meijer O.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

This paper describes the background, the achievements and the challenges ahead of standardization within the field of assistive technology based on the work coordinated and done in ISO and CEN Technical Committees 'Assistive products for persons with disability'. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.


Dahlback J.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

The Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology runs two projects which analyzes how the use of technology in school can support pupils with disability. The projects have been following the pupils and offering them different kinds of support with the aim to prepare them for a future employment or further studies. To be able to identify the pupils and their disabilities, an instrument called the School Setting Interview (SSI) has been used. The SSI is an occupational therapy assessment developed at Linköping University in Sweden. The projects have employed occupational therapists to perform the interviews of the pupils. Occupational therapist is not a common profession in the Swedish schools. In the preparation of the projects it was needed to include this profession with the aim to expand the perspective of the pupils and their needs of support. So far, approximately 400 pupils have been interviewed. A majority of the interviewed pupils have a cognitive disability or dyslexia. More than 50 percent of these pupils had no earlier on documented diagnosis. The results so far indicate that the SSI instrument has made it possible for the pupils to explain their situation for the occupational therapists about their situation in school. The most common assistive technologies which have been distributed to the pupils in the projects are tablet computers and smartphones with different kind of applications, scanner mice, spelling programs and time-aids. It is too early to draw general conclusions from the projects. However we have indications that the pupils perceive that different kind of assistive technology can help them in school. One of the projects, which is financed by the Swedish Government, will end in September and then we will be able to present for instance quantitative and qualitative data from about 400 - 500 students, evaluation of the experience of the occupational therapist's competence in school and a socio-economic analysis. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.


Tjader C.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

Managing the own economy via Internet is becoming increasingly necessary. People with cognitive disability and older persons do not often have access to e-ID. Efforts have been made to manage the own economy via mainstream services. The network of EDeAN with its knowledge about standardization and DfA could be a resource to develop a strategy or road map for aiming for accessible e-Bank Services for All. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.


Johansson L.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology | Tjader C.,Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Research Series | Year: 2013

Many people need support to manage IT in daily life. Some people have relatives or others who help them, others lack that kind of support. For this reason, a service, IT-support Direct was created and a pilot project was launched. The results indicate that the need is huge and the service can play an important role to realize e-Inclusion for all.. © 2013 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.

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