ASC-Inclusion project partner, Dr Agnieszka Rynkiewicz, has been awarded the ‘ENABLE Award 2014′ during ENABLE: The 2nd International Conference on Using New Technologies for Inclusive Learning.
The award was presented to Dr Rynkiewicz, leader of the Polish team on the project for her work for learners with disabilities, as part of the ASC-Inclusion project.
The conference was organised by Jisc TechDis on June 18 and 19, 2014, in York, United Kingdom.
The conference’s special interest group on ALT Inclusive Learning commented on ASC-Inclusion project: ”The ASC-Inclusion idea could offer a significant training opportunity and provide a new reflective tool. This tool uses multi-modal technology in an interesting way. The challenge the developers are trying to overcome is a difficult one, both on a technological and human level, and this tool seems to do a good job”.
The ASC-Inclusion project was presented at the ’People with Asperger syndrome – world of emotions’ conference on May 17, 2014, in Warsaw, Poland.
The project was presented by Dr. Agnieszka Rynkiewicz from Spectrum ASC-Med, a partner in the ASC-Inclusion project.
The conference featured presentations by Professor Tony Attwood and Dr. Agnieszka Rynkiewicz on topics related to Asperger syndrome, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the ASC-Inclusion project.
The conference was organised by Fundacja Synapsis and attracted over 600 attendees.
This year, on World Autism Awareness Day the United Nations Secretary-General has called on governments and others around the world to take measures to support inclusion of people with autism.
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, states: ”World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.”
That is exactly what the ASC-Inclusion project aims to do – supported by the European Union, our project is creating a software program for children to increase the inclusion of people with autism in all aspects of life through gaining a better understanding of emotions.
World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly six years ago to be held on April 2; an annual day to draw attention to the urgent needs of people with autism around the world.
United Nations Secretary-General’s message for World Autism Awareness Day 2014
Autism-Europe’s campaign on autism and employment
The partners of the ASC-Inclusion project met in Israel on February 25 and 26, 2014, to discuss progress towards completion of the project later this year.
The meeting was timed to coincide with the second international workshop on Intelligent Digital Games for Empowerment & Inclusion which was held in Haifa, Israel, and at which the technical partners presented their work on the project to others in their research field.
The meeting divided into two groups to enable the clinical partners and technical partners to have in-depth discussions and plan for the completion of our interactive emotion games.
The ASC-Inclusion project was presented at the second international workshop on Intelligent Digital Games for Empowerment & Inclusion in Haifa, Israel, on February 24 to 27, 2014.
This academic workshop brought together researchers, developers and technology providers who are working on digital games that assist children and adults who experience social exclusion.
The workshop was conducted as part of the International conference on Intelligent User Interfaces conference, which attracted participants from around the world.
Demonstrations of the ASC-Inclusion interactive emotion games were given to the public at the Autism-Europe International Congress in Budapest on the weekend.
Around 1,100 professionals in the field of autism, people with autism and their family members gathered at the congress in Budapest on September 26 to 28, 2013.
The ASC-Inclusion interactive emotion games were showcased in an exhibition stand where public demonstrations were given constantly over the 3 days of the congress, allowing congress participants to play and interact with some of the games.
The research behind the games was also presented in a keynote lecture by Professor Sven Bölte from Karolinksa Institute. The ASC-Inclusion research project was also presented and demonstrated during an ICT themed workshop held during the conference, which was attended by more than 80 people.
The ASC-Inclusion interactive emotion games will be completed and available to the public in late 2014.
The ASC-Inclusion project will be showcased at the European Commission’s ICT 2013 event in Vilnius on November 6 to 8, 2013.
This event will bring together more than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians. The event will focus on Horizon 2020 - the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. Technology research projects will also be showcased in individual exhibition booths.
At the ASC-Inclusion project’s exhibit, visitors will experience a live demonstration of the ASC-Inclusion interactive emotion games.
More information on the ICT 2013 event
The ASC-Inclusion project will be a keynote presentation at the annual conference of the National Board of Social Services in Odense, Denmark, on November 6, 2013.
This year’s conference will focus on on welfare technology, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The ASC-Inclusion project will be presented by Anton Batliner from the Technische Universität München.
More information on the conference (Danish only)
Representatives of six research projects (ARMOR, ASC-Inclusion, CARETOY, MICHELANGELO, PRIMA PIETRA, EARLY AUTISM SPECTRUM DIAGNOSIS) dealing with neurological disorders together with experts in the field of autism will meet in Brussels (Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre) on Wednesday September 25, 2013 (09:00- 16:30).
Organized by the MICHELANGELO project, the meeting will serve as a forum to present current status of the research work in autism as well as to exchange ideas and to explore possible synergies among the projects.
More information on the meeting.
The University of Edinburgh is conducting a research project to explore how technology is used by families of children with autism, in the home and on mobile devices.
Families of children with autism are invited to participate in the research survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/technology_autism_at_home
The research will also include interviews with parents in Scotland and it is expected that similar surveys will follow, aimed at people with autism themselves and exploring the use of technology in non-domestic contexts, such as schools and clinics.
More information and the results of the research can be sought by contacting researcher, Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson at the University of Edinburgh: sfwatson(at)staffmail.ed.ac.uk