Wednesday 3rd December 2014 was the International Day of People with Disability and the theme this year was the promise of Technology.

To mark the day RESPECT launched their new website which highlights the projects that RESPECT fundraises for to support the Daughters of Charity Disability Services. One of the new areas of focus for RESPECT is a research programme called ASSISTID which is run by the DOCTRID Research Institute.

ASSISTID (Assistive Technologies for people with Autism and Intellectual Disability) promotes research into the development and application of assistive technologies to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and autism, their carers and families. ASSISTID is the first structured research programme of its kind in Europe and the most significant investment into assistive technologies research to date.

For people with autism or intellectual disabilities, assistive technologies can transform their lives and allow them to complete everyday tasks, which could otherwise be impossible. Daughters of Charity have already commenced research into Assistive Technologies and the video below highlights how the ‘Big Mack Switch’ allows Jackie to participate in conversations.

Click here if you’d like to support RESPECT on International Day of People with Disability.